In case you’re wondering what the holdup is on 11th Street between Market and Chestnut, it is this CVS truck adding more chaos to your morning commute. Read more »
Yesterday was a harrowing rush hour for commuters heading back to New Jersey. A PATCO train was evacuated after passengers smelled smoke, leaving hundreds of people stranded at the abandoned Franklin Square station just after 5 p.m. Monday. Officials say a short in the motor caused the smoke, though no train cars actually filled with smoke.
The train’s operator was treated with oxygen and taken to the hospital. Passengers were evacuated to another train that picked up the route. Per Action News, some decided to climb out of the Franklin Square station instead and get rides home.
We’d scold Philly Mag reporter Victor Fiorillo for snapping pictures and emailing them from the road, but he’s quite clearly not moving right now.
TomTom, the GPS that you used before iPhones turned into miniature Inspector Gadgets and did everything for you, puts out traffic congestion rankings, and its latest one suggests Philadelphia is not as bad as you’re always complaining it is. Among major cities TomTom surveyed in the US, Canada, and Brazil, Philadelphia ranks 24th of 61. The percentage of your commute time delayed by congestion is 22%.
The perpetually troublesome Fetters Mill Bridge, which is more than a century old, has been shut down by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Never get caught speeding again. The city released the location of all its red-light traffic-enforcement cameras in July; now, developer Ken Lin has fashioned the best-yet map plotting their coordinates. Avoid ‘em, slow dow before, ‘em, whatever. Now you’ve got no excuse.
According to State Farm, Pennsylvania leads the nation in car-deer accidents, with 119,500 taking place over 12 months from 2011-2012.
From the Inquirer: “Following a national trend, Pennsylvania drivers would be legally permitted to drive 70 miles per hour on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and other interstate highways, under a proposal made Friday by state Sen. Joseph Scarnati (R., Jefferson).”
PA, in case you haven’t been following the speed limit, sets the law at 65 mph and 55 mph in cities. (And given the regular accidents on the Schuylkill and Kelly Drive, let’s keep it that way in Philly.) Elsewise, a new slogan is in order. Joseph Scarnati: a Republican Philly can abide by! Unless our Quaker tendencies get the best of us, that is.
By the time the roosters had woken up this morning, persistently heavy rains had already taken their toll on morning commuters.
“Two cars, including one that overturned, crashed along I-95 northbound approaching Route 420 (Exit 9) in Delaware County around 4 a.m. As crews worked to clear the scene there were intermittent closures as traffic back up to Ridley Park (Exit 8).”
“A little before 6 a.m., a vehicle overturned on the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) eastbound before Gulph Mills causing all lanes to shutdown. Traffic quickly backed up towards King of Prussia.”
And the roads don’t appear to be getting much dryer anytime soon. [NBC 10]