The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities work with several operating and planning agencies in Philadelphia and across the region to coordinate the city's transportation and utilities services, and to make them the greenest in America. MOTU works with organizations such as the Streets Department and SEPTA to make sure that it is easy for commuters to travel along our city’s commercial corridors, and with the Water Department to minimize storm water over flow. To do this, the Office of Transportation and Utilities works with City Departments and regional partners to coordinate investment and planning. MOTUs coordination ensures that all Philadelphians have access to the highest quality of infrastructure and services.
The Streets Department
The Streets Department is responsible for making sure that the city streets are in good repair, that the street lights work ,and that the trash and recyclables are collected. Over 1,700 employees work to make sure those 2,575 miles of city streets, Fairmount Park roads, and state highways are in working order, over 100,000 street lights stay lit and that 790,000 tons of residential waste is disposed of. The department will not only help you fill a pot hole, it works with you and your neighbors on block clean ups, and helps you set up a block party. The Office of Transportation and Utilities worked with the Streets Department to make sure that the South Street Bridge is friendlier to bicyclists and pedestrians, to install a Spruce - Pine bike lanes, and improve traffic signal timing. The Streets Department and the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities are on the fore front of Philadelphia’s efforts to become the greenest city in America.
Philadelphia International Airport
The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is the gateway between Philadelphia and the world. In 2008 it accommodated over 31 million passengers. Currently 29 airlines offer more than 600 daily departures to 125 destinations. In 2008 it was rated "Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Large Airports" in a J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Airport Customer Satisfaction Study. PHL is working with the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities to ensure greater access to the Airport. PHL is also working with SEPTA and the Airport to make sure it’s easier for passengers to get from their neighborhood to their destination, be it across America or around the world.
Philadelphia Water Department
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) manages the city and region's water, wastewater, and stormwater services. It makes sure that Philadelphians have high quality drinking water, and that residents and businesses have enough water for all their needs as well as protecting the region’s watersheds. Over 2,000 men and women operate and maintain 3,137 miles of water mains, 3,652 miles of sewers, 25,200 hydrants and 75,000 valves on a daily basis. The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities works hard to support and promote the PWD’s many innovative programs including the Green Cities Clean Water Program. You can learn more about these innovative projects on the Office of Watersheds blog which covers green stormwater infrastructure and stream restoration.
The South Eastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) moves people around the greater Philadelphia region via trolley, train, subway, bus, and para-transit. Last year, people took over 313 million trips aboard SEPTA. With 13 regional rail routes, 117 bus routes, and nine trolley routes, it serves an area of 831 square miles. The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities and SEPTA have strong working relationship and collaborate closely to increase SEPTA ridership. Whether it means exploring new fare technologies or prioritizing transit on City streets, MOTU and SEPTA work together on many of the important, behind the scenes issues, to help develop world class transit service in the greater Philadelphia region.
The Parking Authority
The Philadelphia Parking Authority is responsible for enforcing parking regulations in the City of Philadelphia, distributing residential parking permits, and providing off street parking at garages and lots. The Authority works hard to make sure Philadelphia’s parking supply supports residents, businesses, and visitors. The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) and the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities have been collaborating to reduce congestion and increase the availability of on-street parking. The Center City Congestion Mobility Enhancement project has made loading zones available for businesses and maintained a 15% – 17% vacancy on curbside meters making it easier to find parking.
Philadelphia Gas Works
The Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) is the largest municipally owned gas utility in the country. PGW maintains approximately 6,000 miles of gas mains and service pipes serving for approximately 518,000 Philadelphians. PGW makes sure that all Philadelphians have gas to cook with and can stay warm in the winter and is a key player in Philadelphia’s efforts to become the greenest city in America. MOTU works with PGW to promote efficiency, including a plan to invest $54 million over the next five years to expand its housing retrofit program and to weatherize nearly 31,000 homes.
Philadelphia Electric Company
The [Philadelphia Electric Company] (PECO) provides electricity to Philadelphia residents. The state’s largest utility, PECO’s 2,500 employees maintain a network with 550 electric substations, 21,000 miles of distribution and transmission lines, 27 natural gas gate stations, and 6,600 miles of underground gas mains. MOTU supports PECO’s efforts to install “smart meters” in its customers’ homes, and its efforts to purchase solar energy credits. MOTU also supports PECO’s plan to spend $600 million over the next 10 years to upgrade its transmission and distribution system.