Sometimes it can be a little strange when a city rolls out a new policy, and many of the folks surrounding it are totally bewildered.
I’m no stranger to this sort of thing—when the city rolled out a new transit zone, I was treated to late-night shenanigans. But I never thought I’d see a new bus lane like the one on The Esplanade in Philly’s City Hall.
Common Sense Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Area Bicycle Coalition, and PA Outdoor Boundaries sued the city of Philadelphia over the lack of signage. It comes as a bit of a surprise that the ACLU backed them, but it’s comforting to know their courts back public health and safety.
At first I thought the PUC was going to approve the zone, but that was not the case. Instead, the Court of Common Pleas granted a permanent injunction and gave the city of Philadelphia 30 days to prepare for implementation. The permit, according to the decision, required “permit fees and signage costing more than $16 million, which the city so far has done nothing to prepare for.”
The plaintiffs stated, “…they have witnessed residents of the city unnecessarily driving to their destination against the busway’s traffic flow and playing cat and mouse with transit authority buses seeking to negotiate the traffic at busway entry points. The plaintiffs also have witnessed pedestrians crossing at the heavily-traveled plaza that faces the downtown pedestrian entrance, despite the presence of a ‘no vehicle circulation’ sign.”
But the city of Philadelphia was having none of that.
Their attorney argued, “…we are confident that such signage will be adequate and the court will see this for what it is: a first step towards addressing the obvious problems created by the busway.”
It sounds like someone forgot to send out or head up a bulletin to residents about the new pedestrian zone, especially when bus stops that did not have curb extensions are now under a mere two feet of traffic. Someone has forgotten to arrange crosswalks, which is ironic considering that has been part of the design since the beginning. But maybe that’s why Philly decided to roll out this initiative under the guise of “safety.”
Watch for some sort of an update with these new parking rule changes.
Greg Hinz is the Director of Freelance at Fox News Digital, covering white collar crime, the legal system, investigations, what’s trending, and breaking news.