Parklets, small little platforms in the parking lane, have appeared in front of coffee shops and libraries, pizza shops and take out joints across Philadelphia. Across the city neighbors used Parklets to host community movie nights, and just to sit and eat. Parklets prove that by turning a parking space into a little park, we can transform our neighborhoods. Parklets support neighborhoods in all sorts of way. Studies in California have shown that they increase walking on commercial corridors and in Philadelphia they have proven to be an economic development tool, helping drive more people to local businesses.
Growing Philadelphia’s Bike Lane Network
Philadelphia has well over 200 miles of bike lanes. MOTU’s challenge has been to connect the disparate legs of this network and bring those who ride bikes into the heart of Philadelphia. The Spruce – Pine Bike Lanes connect both sides of Center City with a protected bike lane. Planned North-South Connectors will make it easier for bicyclists to come into Center City. MOTU’s bike lane network expansion has made it easier for bicyclists to get around and has made it safer for everybody. For a map and comprehensive listing of Philadelphia's Bike Routes, click here.
(Photo by Kyle Gradinger)
The Transit First Initiative is a collaborative venture between the City of Philadelphia and SEPTA, to smooth inefficiencies between City and SEPTA operations and improve transit service on key routes. The Transit First Initiative has helped improve operations at the Frankford Transportation Center, was the force behind upcoming transit signal prioritization projects on key corridors..
South Street Bridge
When the South Street Bridge closed in December of 2008, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities worked closely with local stakeholders to make sure that when it was rebuilt, it would serve all users, from pedestrians to bicyclists, and not just motorists. The bridge re-opened in November 2010, on budget and on schedule, to great public fanfare.
40th Street Bridge
The 40th Street Bridge currently spans over AMTRAK’s New York-Harrisburg- Pittsburgh line. SEPTA’s Main Line Commuter trains also share these tracks. Due to structural deficiencies, the current bridge was closed to traffic on August 17, 2007. On December 15, 2010, construction work commenced to completely remove and replace the existing 40th Street Bridge. The new 40th Street Bridge is being built along the same alignment, with slightly wider sidewalks. The bridge is expected to open in November of this year.
The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is Philadelphia’s gateway to the world. The Office has supported the Airport’s FAA approved $5.2 billion expansion which aims to reduce chronic delays and accommodate 50 years worth of growth in traffic. This expansion will lengthen two runways, build a fifth runway, and develop a new commuter terminal, additional gates, parking, and an automated “people mover” along with a new hub for rental cars. The project will take 13 years to complete, by which point the airport will be serving approximately 60 million passengers and will reduce delay time to 5.2 minutes. The project will create 2,880 airport jobs once complete and will employ 3,700 construction jobs a year during construction.
Center City Mobility Enhancement
Philadelphians love to complain, and they love to complain about traffic. However the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities is trying to make sure that they have less to complain about, and is working with the Parking Authority and with the Police Department to relieve congestion.
Schuylkill River Parks Connector Bridge
In 2007, the City and CSX signed an agreement to allow at-grade crossing of CSX’s tracks in order to access the Schuylkill River. As a part of the agreement, the City built a bridge crossing the tracks near Locust St. This bridge provides access to the Schuylkill River trail from Center City without the need to cross railroad tracks.