Center City congestion crackdown

July 6, 2009 4:19:12 PM PDT
A few weeks ago, we told you about the crackdown against congestion in Center City Philadelphia by targeting drivers who block the box. The city also raised parking meter rates to free up parking spaces. Now the focus is on delivery trucks.The parking authority has some new rules of the road.

A typically congested Center City scene features illegally parked delivery trucks some blocking traffic.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority has begun posting signs on Walnut and Chestnut Streets to crack down on delivery truck congestion there.

"What we have right now is a situation that's a little chaotic and we're trying to bring some order to it," said Richard Dickson.

New regulations allow only delivery truck parking from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Chestnut and Walnut between 7th and 20th streets. After that, they must be parked in designated loading zones on adjacent side streets. Restaurateur George Perrier believes it will open spaces for customers.

"So now no more traffic. Maybe the customer will come if no traffic. Before upset don't want to come in town."

Long time UPS driver Mike Gardner already parks on a side street loading zone then walks to deliver at several locations.

But some days when he's not back in 1/2 hour, he's ticketed.

He's among the drivers who worry side street loading zones will make it tougher for delivery drivers.

"It's hard enough getting a spot out t here. But then gonna have every truck trying to park on numbered streets. I don't think it's gonna work. But what are you gonna do?"

"As long as I can find side street where no passenger cars parking there. It is good but most time find cars parking," said Hassan Kobeissi.

"We will never be able to create enough parking for everybody that wants to be right in front of a specific business. But we think that by doing this we'll create a better balance between all of those different vehicles."

Effective now, but strict enforcement will happen about a month from now after word gets out.

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