Philly parking crackdown coming

May 8, 2009 3:58:17 PM PDT
Starting Monday, the police and the parking authority in Philadelphia are joining forces to unclog the city's arteries.The idea is to reduce traffic congestion by cracking down on double parking, expanding loading zones, and enforcing "don't block the box" laws.

Bike laws will be enforced, and bike racks will be added. Parking meter enforcement will also be tougher.

"Come Monday, people will be ticketed for blocking the box, we will be moving cars that are double-parked by tow truck, we will be freeing up the loading zones for the delivery vehicles," said Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler.

Loading zones for delivery trucks will be expanded. In some cases, regular parking meters will vanish and entire blocks will be reserved for delivery trucks.

The word is the recent doubling of parking meter fees is more than a bailout tactic for the cash strapped city. It's apparently cutting down on drivers circling the block looking for a rare open meter, therefore helping alleviate to the convoluted congestion mess.

"People can now find a parking place for short-term parking," said Vince Fenerty of the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

One way or another, Philadelphia motorists want something done about the traffic mess.

"If I have a meeting, I can't even attend the meeting on time," said Bill Jones of Olney.

One jaded driver says, Philadelphia drivers shouldn't complain. It's a walk in the park compared to Manhattan and Los Angeles.

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