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Legislature Passes Life-Saving Speed Camera Legislation for Roosevelt Boulevard

 

 

(PHILADELPHIA) — Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) Executive Director Rich Lazer today praised the Pennsylvania Legislature for passing legislation that will make the PPA’s automated speed camera enforcement program a permanent tool in its efforts to improve public safety and save lives along Roosevelt Boulevard – formerly one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in the US. The legislation has been sent to Governor Shapiro for his signature.

“Passage of the speed camera legislation is bi-partisan leadership at its best. Rep. Ed Neilson (D., Philadelphia) and Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R., Cambria), must be commended for working together on this critically important legislation that is guaranteed to help save lives and improve public safety,” Lazer said.

“Under our initial five-year pilot program, we reduced speeding along Roosevelt Boulevard by nearly 90%. In addition, our red light camera program has reduced red light running at key intersections in the city by an average of 58%,” Lazer said.

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia spokesperson Nicole Brunet said, “This outcome significantly advances safety, builds on the success of the Roosevelt Blvd program, and will allow the City and Commonwealth to save more lives on state roads. We are grateful to Rep. Ed Neilson and Sen. Wayne Langerholc for their leadership. We look forward to the expansion of this life-saving technology to other dangerous roads and school zones in Philadelphia.”

According to the City’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability, Roosevelt Boulevard has historically accounted for 14% of all crashes in the city and 62 fatalities from 2014 to 2017. According to the Pennsylvania State Transportation Advisory Commission, since the installation of speed cameras, Roosevelt Boulevard saw a 36% decrease in crashes between 2019 and 2021.

There are presently 40 speed cameras located at 10 different locations along Roosevelt Boulevard. As a result of this program, a multitude of safety improvements have been completed on the Boulevard.

The legislation provides technical changes to Act 19 of 2023, creating a permanent automated speed camera program for Roosevelt Boulevard and authorizes five more corridors in Philadelphia, with added driver protections such as new signage requirements.

The legislation also establishes a new pilot program for automated speed cameras in Philadelphia’s school zones and directs that a study of automated speed cameras be conducted to determine expansion on local streets and highways.

“With the risk of pedestrian death reaching 90% when a vehicle travels 58 miles per hour, speed cameras are critical to the success of the PPA’s overall public safety push. With passage of this critically important piece of legislation, we can continue to concentrate on reducing speeding on Roosevelt Boulevard and saving lives,” Lazer said.

 

 

 

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Philadelphia Magazine’s 2023 Best of Philly — Best City Agency

 

Nobody likes getting a parking ticket, but despite issuing over 1.5 million of them last year, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) was just named the “Best” city agency for 2023 by Philadelphia Magazine. This selection is a testament to our Executive team’s hard work, dedication, and vision and our more than 1,000-strong workforce. 

 

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PPA in the News 2023

Wednesday, December 13th, 2023:

Speed cameras will stay on Roosevelt Boulevard and be expanded to other parts of the city under Pa. bill

Monday, December 11th, 2023:

Philly cyclists encounter a lot of obstacles. But ticketing cars parked in bike lanes is a big job, even for the PPA.

Thursday, November 9th, 2023:

Finally: The PPA made a map of Philly’s residential permit parking zones

One Man’s Quest To Change the PPA — City Cast Philly Podcast

Saturday October, 7th, 2023:

Rich Lazer Would Like You to Love the PPA. No, Seriously.

Thursday, October, 5th, 2023:

Beyond the Curb: How the PPA Enhances Public Safety & Quality of Life

Friday, September, 29th, 2023:

Q&A with PPA Executive Director Rich Lazer

Tuesday, September, 19th, 2023:

Traffic camera programs in Pa. are reducing fatalities and speeding, officials say

Wednesday, June 13th, 2023:

The Pa. legislature should make speed cameras permanent

Monday, May 1st, 2023:

That’ll be $76, please — new team of Parking Authority officers begins issuing tickets to drivers who block bike lanes

Cars will now be ticketed for parking on street-sweeping routes and in bike lanes

PPA’s Bike Lane Enforcement Unit Hits the Streets

Friday, April 28th, 2023:

Philly will increase policing of bike lanes in effort to improve traffic safety

Join the PPA Bike Enforcement Patrol Launch on May 1

PPA To Start Cracking Down On Cars Parked In Bike Lanes

New Philadelphia Parking Authority unit focused on cars parked in bike lanes begins patrolling Monday

Thursday, April 27th, 2023:

PPA will soon launch cycling patrols to crack down on parking in bike lanes

PPA will start cracking down on parking in bike lanes next week

PPA to Start Issuing Bike Lane Tickets for Illegally Parked Cars

PPA to start cracking down on cars parked in bike lanes

Drivers beware: PPA is stepping up enforcement of Philly bike lanes

Stay in your lane: PPA to roll out new bike lane enforcement unit

Wednesday, March 29th, 2023:

People are driving on Roosevelt Boulevard without license plates to avoid speeding tickets, officials say

Thursday, March 9th, 2023:

Major U.S. cities cracking down on missing and fake license plates

PPA Launches Tool To Tackle ‘Ghost Cars’ on Philly Streets

Tuesday, March 7th, 2023:

Philadelphia Parking Authority cracking down on ‘ghost cars’

Monday, March 6th, 2023:

Ghost cars’: Philadelphia cracking down on cars missing license plates to avoid tickets, towing

Friday, March 3rd, 2023:

PPA gets rare Philly <img draggable=” /> after it starts towing cars without license plates

Tuesday, February 28th, 2023:

Ghost Cars’: Blurred Plates, No Plates on Philly Streets, Beyond

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023:

City removes abandoned shipping container that was blocking drivers views

Thursday, January 12th, 2023:

Philadelphia receives $14.5M in speed-enforcement funding

Saturday, January 7th, 2023:

Crashes are down 36% on Roosevelt Blvd., thanks to speed cameras. Pa. is urged to approve more.

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PPA in the News 2022

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022:

Ticketing blitz’ will target drivers double-parked in Center City bus lanes

Monday, September 26th, 2022:

Philly is cracking down on drivers who block bus lanes

Police in Center City ramp up enforcement against drivers blocking bus lanes

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022:

PPA to Increase Ticketing of Illegal Bus Lane Parking – NBC10 Philadelphia

Philly will increase enforcement of bus lane restrictions to help reduce traffic congestion

Ramped up bus lane enforcement coming to Center City – Metro Philadelphia

Saturday, September 17th, 2022:

Philadelphia Parking Authority to install several new red light cameras in the city

Friday, September 16th, 2022:

Philadelphia Parking Authority to drivers: Look for more red-light cameras in the next year

More red-light cameras are coming to Philly streets, including one by the Rocky statue

Sunday, July 31st, 2022:
Philadelphia Parking Authority starts de-escalation training after an uptick in assaults (Bridging Philly — KYW Podcast)

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022:
Philadelphia joins cities tackling bike lane violations

Monday, May 23rd, 2022:
Bike-mounted officers to keep Philadelphia cycle lanes clear

Thursday, May 19th, 2022:
Speed cameras are saving lives and should stay | Editorial

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022:
PPA is marshaling a cycle-mounted patrol of officers to ticket vehicles that block bike lanes

PPA to Crack Down on ‘Dangerous’ Drivers Parking in Philly Bike Lanes

PPA Adding Patrols To Monitor Illegally Parked Cars In Bike Lanes Amid Growing Number Of Bicyclists Killed In Philly

After writing 26,000 tickets in 8 years for bike lane parking, PPA hires officers to crackdown

Philadelphia Parking Authority to introduce new initiative to improve safety for bicyclists

PPA Pledges Enforcement Officers on Bikes to Increase Enforcement of Illegal Bike Lane Parking

Parking Authority announces bike lane enforcement initiative

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022:
PPA: Roosevelt Boulevard Speeding Violations Decrease by 91% Since Cameras Installed

Speed cams on Roosevelt Boulevard are slowing drivers, and curbing violations, report says

With Speeding Down on Roosevelt Blvd., PPA Wants to Expand Speed Cam Program

A picture is worth $100: Speed cameras successfully slowing traffic on Roosevelt Blvd.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022: 
Speeding tickets and crashes fell after enforcement cameras came to Roosevelt Blvd.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022:
More than 1 million have downloaded mobile pay-parking app, PPA says

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How the Roosevelt Blvd Speed Cameras Save Lives and Need to Be Renewed & Expanded

The Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) program cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard have saved lives by reducing excessive speeds, which cause fatal and serious injury crashes. However, speed cameras are set to expire at the end of 2023. Speed cameras should be renewed and expanded to additional corridors in the city. 

The City and many activist groups have advocated for the Commonwealth to take action. The Pennsylvania General Assembly and Senate are debating three bills about speed cameras: 

  • House Bill 1284 is the most expansive. The House version of this bill removes the expiration date. The bill also allows the City and PennDOT to coordinate on expanding speed cameras to additional Philadelphia corridors where speeding-related crashes occur. 
  • The House Bill 1662  and Senate Bill 748, would make speed cameras permanent with tweaks. But these two bills would not allow for expansion of speed cameras. 
  • The Senate has and will amend HB 1284 further when it reconvenes in mid-December, but it is not clear which provisions will remain or change. 

95% Fewer Speeding Violations on Roosevelt Boulevard 

Every fatal and serious injury crash is tragic, impacting the lives of our family, friends, and valued community members. 

Recently, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed the safety impacts of the automated speed enforcement (ASE) program on Roosevelt Boulevard. The researchers found that speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard have saved a just under 1 life per month.  

Overall, about 36 lives have been saved on Roosevelt Boulevard since speed cameras went live. 

Roosevelt Boulevard has become much safer. The 2023 Vision Zero Annual Report shows: 

  • 95% fewer speeding violations. 
  • 21% fewer fatal and serious injury crashes. 
  • 50% fewer crashes involving people walking.

Work Zones See Significant Safety Benefits 

In work zones with speed cameras, PennDOT has seen 25% fewer fatal crashes. PennDOT has found that speed cameras lead to a 15%-50% reduction in total work zone crashes. 

Since the start of enforcement in March 2020 through the end of 2021, PennDOT has also found that speeding in Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) enforced work zones has reduced to 20% of all traffic. Excessive speeding, of at least 11 mph over the speed limit, has reduced to 3% of all traffic. 

Why the Speed Cameras Were Installed 

Roosevelt Boulevard has long been among the most dangerous roads in the state. The City is leading a transformation of the corridor through the Route for Change Program. The City received a $78 million Mega grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for traffic safety treatments on the Boulevard. 

The speed cameras — more formally called automated speed enforcement (ASE) – were signed into law in 2018. The law allowed a 5-year pilot program of speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard and in work zones. The Philadelphia Parking Authority manages the speed cameras. The cameras went live with enforcement in August 2020, following a two-month warning period. 

Expanding Speed Cameras to Additional Corridors in Philadelphia 

Speeding continues to be the top contributing factor in fatal and serious injury crashes in Philadelphia — see speed-related crash map (via Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia). Since 2020, speeding has accounted for 20% for fatal and serious injury crashes, according to the 2023 Vision Zero Annual Report.

Roosevelt Boulevard is not the only corridor in Philadelphia where excessive speeds contribute to deaths and serious injuries. Speeding-related crashes have risen on corridors like Broad Street, Frankford Avenue, and Girard Avenue.  

Since speed cameras were installed on Roosevelt Boulevard, speeding-related crashes have gone down, and traffic safety is trending in the right direction. The success on Roosevelt Boulevard shows the impact of speed cameras. Now, speed cameras need to be expanded to more corridors.  

Throughout the year, the City has advocated for renewing and expanding speed cameras, including testimonial hearings in Harrisburg. This legislation is absolutely needed as part of the City’s overall efforts to change the driving culture of Philadelphia. We will continue our push as the sunset clause on this program nears in December.

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December 2023: Regular Board Meeting

The Authority’s Regular Board Meeting scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on December 19, 2023, will be held in-person at PPA Headquarters and virtually via Microsoft Teams webinar. You may register to attend the Board meeting virtually HERE.

Anyone wishing to make comment at the Regular Board Meeting via the Webinar must contact Kelly Quinn at kquinn@philapark.org. All such emails and requests must be received by Ms. Quinn by December 18, 2023 to be considered for the meeting.

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