by R3 Passenger
MACTRAXX wrote:4-The mid 1970s vintage "Chestnut Street Transitway" was unfortunately a problem practically fromMAC, no sooner do you say that than the Inky has an article on it: http://www2.philly.com/real-estate/inga ... 81213.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
the beginning. Search "Chestnut Street Transitway History" and one can find articles written about
this failed mass transit experiment and how it never met expectations. In the late 1990s the street
was re-opened to other vehicles and still has the two lane limitation from its Transitway days...
And, as a rider of buses along Chestnut Street myself, she sums up the current condition very accurately:
Inga Saffron, Philadelphia Inquirer wrote:Unfortunately, I was stuck on the 42 bus, trying to get across town to meet friends.For a week, there was a large presence of PPD and PPA officers handing out tickets to these offenders (delivery trucks are the biggest offenders), and bus traffic sped up significantly. Then the officers disappeared and the 12 block per hour bus speeds returned.
Almost as soon as I boarded at 21st Street, the driver encountered a parked car in what is supposed to be a bus-only lane. The street was jammed with traffic, making it hard to change lanes. Pedestrians passed us as we inched toward 17th Street, where a tide of humanity flooded the crosswalks and kept cars from turning right. After several light-cycle changes, the bus plunged forward half a block, only to be thwarted by an Uber pickup. Another half block on, at 15th Street, everything came to a halt: A VIP party bus lazed idly in front Del Frisco’s, one set of wheels straddling the left lane, making it impossible for anyone to squeeze past.
There is a problem, but nobody wants to spend the time or money to effectively address it. Welcome to Philadelphia!
Lines Frequented: SEPTA Trenton Line, West Trenton Line, Warminster Line; NJT Northeast Corridor Amtrak Northeast Corridor (PHL-NYP).