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Archive for “Traffic” news
CBS Philly reports: "Police confirm at least 13 people were injured in a two vehicle crash in Northeast Philadelphia Wednesday morning. Authorities say a 15 passenger van overturned on to its side after a collision with a car near the intersection of Torresdale Avenue and Rhawn Street. It happened at about 5:15 a.m." Twelve of the people injured were from the van; the other was the driver of the second car.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane has charged eight with orchestrating a pay-to-blame scheme in which they would award contracts to friendly donors. The accused include former state senator and Democratic minority leader Robert Mellow, in addition to seven former and current PA turnpike officials and employees.Kane said a grand jury found that private Turnpike vendors and consultants who made substantial contributions to public officials and political organizations were rewarded with multi-million dollar Turnpike contracts. The grand jury also found substantial evidence that Mellow, while serving as Democratic floor leader, directed his chief of staff to secure Turnpike contracts for key contributors and
Only in Philly would this seem like a promising job opportunity:Thirty-nine candidates -- 38 Democrats, one Republican and one who filed for both parties -- just made the 5 p.m. deadline Tuesday to file nomination petitions for three vacant seats on Philadelphia Traffic Court.Not only is Traffic Court's reputation in the gutter after nine federal prosecutors indicted nine current or former judges for ticket-fixing, but the institution may not even exist soon.The state Senate in February voted unanimously to eliminate those three seats as part of a larger legislative plan to abolish Traffic Court in Philadelphia. The state House's Judiciary
We're not stranger to busted water mains in Philadelphia--nearly 1,000 had to be fixed in 2011 alone--but this suburban gusher is worth checking out. It all went down on Route 202, at Town Center Boulevard, where northbound traffic was briefly delayed. Commuters already displeased about road conditions: The geyser appears to have been tamed. Observe the yellowstone-esque phenomenon here. [NBC 10]
The Inquirer reports on the state of commuting in Philadelphia: "Philadelphia draws 253,000 workers from outside the city every day, while sending 147,000 city residents on "reverse commutes" to the suburbs, according to census data released Tuesday. The numbers also highlighted the importance of public transit to local workers: 25.6 percent of all workers in Philadelphia used transit to get to work. That compares with just 5 percent nationwide who take transit to work. The estimates released from the American Community Survey also showed the average one-way commute to work for people living in Philadelphia was 31.5 minutes in 2011
AP reports: "A second judge has acknowledged fixing traffic tickets in Philadelphia for people with connections to the system. Kenneth Miller pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday afternoon to mail fraud. Earlier in the day, H. Warren Hogeland (HOAG'-land) pleaded guilty to mail fraud and conspiracy. Miller and Hogeland were among nine traffic court judges charged last month with dismissing or reducing citations for friends, family, associates and political allies." Seven other cases remain pending.
A decades-spanning procession of antique cars christened the asphalt of the Route 202 Parkway — a bypass 60 years in the making — yesterday afternoon. Total price tag for the 8.4-mile road, which joins Welsh Road in Montgomery Township to Route 611 in Doylestown and is expected to alleviate congestion on surrounding roads by becoming congested itself, was $200 million. [Inquirer]
A new study from the Center City District indicates that there are more people are biking to work than there were two years ago. The study attributes this 10.5-percent increase to the addition of bike lanes and the growth of Philly's young adult population. It doesn't, however, take into account that SEPTA sucks, which probably plays a role in how some people *raises hand* decide how to commute.
A Philadelphia Police officer who was en route to pick Mayor Nutter up was seriously injured in a car accident near Fairmount Park on Tuesday morning. The officer was on Montgomery Drive near Martin Luther King Drive at about 8:30 a.m. when his city-owned SUV was involved in a collision with a second vehicle. Mayor Nutter's driver momentarily lost consciousness. He was transported to Hahnemann University Hospital for treatment to injuries to his hands and face. [CBS 3]
On Monday morning, reports surfaced indicating that an airplane tire had fallen out of the sky and landed on a car on the Schuylkill near the University Avenue exit. Then, there were reports of a second tire falling from the sky and putting a hole in the roof of a Grays Ferry building. Turns out they're just truck tires. You're not in Donnie Darko. This isn't Breaking Bad. The sky isn't falling. [NBC Philadelphia]