Crackdown on illegal parking at PHL

PHILADELPHIA - August 28, 2009 Troopers will be cracking down on parking along the ramps approaching the airport. People often stop there to wait to pick up a passengers.

Beginning Monday, parking there will cost you.

A shoulder of an I-95 ramp is where some motorists wait for word that a passenger they're picking up has arrived.

The cars sit just a few feet from speeding traffic.

"This has been a problem for years now. Nothing I can speak of in particular has happened, haven't had any fatalities in that area. But we don't want to wait until something happens," said Tpr. Danea Durham of the State Police.

Saying shoulder parking is illegal and dangerous, state police will start cracking down next week and issuing $84 to $134 dollar tickets to violators.

A nearby PennDot Park and Ride lot is where drivers can idle while waiting for passenger pick ups. Yet many drivers choose the shoulder of a road.

That lot, built for commuters 6 years ago, doubles as a cell phone lot. The 60 space, lighted lot on Bartram Avenue is free and can be accessed from I-95 north or south by taking the Cargo City exit in either direction.

PennDot will erect new large signs Monday warning against shoulder parking and directing drivers to the Park and Ride lot.

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