A byproduct of Center City’s revitalization, traffic congestion is now approaching a tipping point that could threaten the downtown’s economic competitiveness and quality of life.
This 2008 report documents the challenges and causes of an increasingly congested downtown and proposes a series of short-, mid- and long-term solutions.
Short-term and low-cost solutions that can be undertaken within a year and have an immediate impact include measures as simple as re-striping traffic lanes and crosswalks.
Other suggestions include establishing alternative locations for delivery trucks that routinely clog Chestnut and Walnut streets, restoring traffic police at key intersections and encouraging bicycle use with dedicated bike lanes and parking.
Here is a companion video commissioned by the Center City District and the Central Philadelphia Transportation Management Association: