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September 15, 2004 | By Anthony S. Twyman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Heeding complaints that a request for proposals to install the city's first red-light camera-enforcement system unfairly favored a Texas company, the Philadelphia Parking Authority has modified its proposal. No longer are bidders required to maintain the cameras without using a ladder - a requirement that some potential bidders said favored Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services. ACS uses a pole device that allows film to be loaded and unloaded without the use of ladders. Instead, bidders must now ensure that camera maintenance and film loading and unloading be done "with minimal traffic lane obstruction.
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December 12, 2004 | By Anthony S. Twyman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphians, wondering whether the red-light cameras that will be installed on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia will reduce traffic fatalities, need look no farther than New York. Traffic fatalities there dropped from 536 in 1993, the first year red-light cameras were fully up and running, to 343 last year. "Last year, we had the lowest amount of pedestrian and vehicle fatalities in 90 years," said Thomas Cocola, a spokesman for the New York City Department of Transportation.
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November 26, 2000 | By Barbara Boyer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's so tempting. That traffic signal ahead just turned yellow, cars are backing up to enter the Vine Expressway, and you're late for dinner. Instead of stopping as the law requires, you blow through that just-turned-red light hoping to shave a few minutes off your commute. This time you get away, but in the future, breaking this law might not be so easy. If Councilman Frank Rizzo Jr. gets his way, the City of Brotherly Love will embrace Big Brother by installing surveillance cameras to catch red-light runners and those who block intersections.
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November 6, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
When traffic lanes were eliminated on Spruce and Pine Streets from river to river in Center City five years ago to make room for bicycle lanes, it took more than just long strips of white paint to ensure a happy marriage between motorists and cyclists. An expensive and years-long project to uproot the city's 1940s-era traffic signals in the central area and replace them with digital ones that can be operated remotely made it possible. Through computer commands, officials were able to synchronize the lights so vehicular traffic could flow smoothly enough in one lane to allow bicyclists safe passage along the other.
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July 14, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
New city streets for the Camden waterfront and a new traffic-control center for Philadelphia were authorized by a regional planning panel this week and are expected to get a final go-ahead this month. The Camden streets would be added near Adventure Aquarium and Campbell's Field to facilitate a housing development planned by developer Carl Dranoff. The Philadelphia center is to be installed at the fire administration building, at 240 Spring Garden St., to monitor traffic cameras and traffic-control signals and alert motorists to traffic snarls.
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February 25, 2005 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For years, city officials have weathered complaints about red-light runners at Grant Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard. But no one figured - not in their most traffic-hassled, gas-choked nightmares - just how on the money those complaints would prove to be. During the first day of operation, traffic cameras at the intersection photographed 254 cars running red lights, stunning Philadelphia Parking Authority officials. "A lot of violators, a lot of violators," said an amazed Vincent Fenerty Jr., the authority's first deputy executive director.
NEWS
April 4, 2007
THIS CITY government is amazing. We go from a smoking ban, to regulating cooking oil, putting in traffic cameras and finding out who's who in the lives of the mayoral candidates. Meanwhile, mother of four (count 'em, four) children is dead in the streets of Philly for nothing. Now that spring is here, will we be allowed to sit out and get some air? How can the kids of this city have a safe summer? Does anybody have answers? Here's one. You got a kid hangin' on the corner doing no good - snatch him off it. Parents, start taking your kids back.
NEWS
November 30, 2013
As the first Pennsylvania suburb prepares to install red-light cameras, Abington Township residents may well fear that their tax bills will take a big jump to pay for the program if not enough motorists flout the law. That's the dilemma posed by red-light camera enforcement programs, which require substantial sums upfront to cover the cost of installing and maintaining cameras, as well as the paperwork associated with issuing $100 tickets to motorists who...
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April 12, 2011 | By Mike Newall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
She was eight months pregnant, a single mother who lived in a small, well-kept house with her parents and five-year-old son, where religious statues decorate the shaded yard and her son's red and blue bicycle, still with its training wheels on, sits on the porch. Some days, she'd sit on her back steps blowing bubbles with her son or clapping along as he splashed in a plastic Kiddie pool. Petite and pretty, with big brown eyes and a wide smile, she was excited to be a mother again, her neighbors said.
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August 4, 2004 | By Anthony S. Twyman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Traffic cameras to catch drivers who run red lights in Philadelphia are expected in the fall. "We're hoping to break ground for the first intersection by mid- to late October," said Vincent Fenerty Jr., the Parking Authority's first deputy director. Parking Authority officials plan to install the first set of cameras at Roosevelt Boulevard and Grant Avenue, which has had the highest accident rate of any intersection in the city over the last five years, according to authority officials.
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November 6, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
When traffic lanes were eliminated on Spruce and Pine Streets from river to river in Center City five years ago to make room for bicycle lanes, it took more than just long strips of white paint to ensure a happy marriage between motorists and cyclists. An expensive and years-long project to uproot the city's 1940s-era traffic signals in the central area and replace them with digital ones that can be operated remotely made it possible. Through computer commands, officials were able to synchronize the lights so vehicular traffic could flow smoothly enough in one lane to allow bicyclists safe passage along the other.
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November 30, 2013
As the first Pennsylvania suburb prepares to install red-light cameras, Abington Township residents may well fear that their tax bills will take a big jump to pay for the program if not enough motorists flout the law. That's the dilemma posed by red-light camera enforcement programs, which require substantial sums upfront to cover the cost of installing and maintaining cameras, as well as the paperwork associated with issuing $100 tickets to motorists who...
NEWS
July 14, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
New city streets for the Camden waterfront and a new traffic-control center for Philadelphia were authorized by a regional planning panel this week and are expected to get a final go-ahead this month. The Camden streets would be added near Adventure Aquarium and Campbell's Field to facilitate a housing development planned by developer Carl Dranoff. The Philadelphia center is to be installed at the fire administration building, at 240 Spring Garden St., to monitor traffic cameras and traffic-control signals and alert motorists to traffic snarls.
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April 13, 2011 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
She was eight months pregnant, a single mother who lived in a small, well-kept house with her parents and 5-year-old son, where religious statues decorate the shaded yard and her son's red and blue bicycle, still with its training wheels on, sits on the porch. Some days, she would sit on her back steps blowing bubbles with her son or clapping along as he splashed in a plastic kiddie pool. Petite and pretty, with big brown eyes and a wide smile, she was excited to be a mother again, her neighbors said.
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March 14, 2008 | By Peter Mucha INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The day is nearing when drivers, before they grab their keys, can see if the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) is clogging the heart of the city. A $23.7 million Pennsylvania Department of Transportation project, expected to be ready for testing by fall, will add 29 Web cams to the expressway between the Conshohocken curve and Passyunk Avenue. Just this week, lanes between Spring Garden and South Streets have been closed overnight to install fiber-optic cables for the system. Those cables, in turn, will allow eight already-installed cameras to display images online directly from the Vine Street Expressway (I-676)
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April 4, 2007
THIS CITY government is amazing. We go from a smoking ban, to regulating cooking oil, putting in traffic cameras and finding out who's who in the lives of the mayoral candidates. Meanwhile, mother of four (count 'em, four) children is dead in the streets of Philly for nothing. Now that spring is here, will we be allowed to sit out and get some air? How can the kids of this city have a safe summer? Does anybody have answers? Here's one. You got a kid hangin' on the corner doing no good - snatch him off it. Parents, start taking your kids back.
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October 20, 2005 | By Anthony S. Twyman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Since the city first proposed using red-light cameras to reduce traffic accidents at busy intersections along Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia, there have been naysayers. Among the concerns was that the seemingly foolproof system would prove anything but and innocent drivers would be wrongly ticketed. With the cameras in place since February, there is now evidence that mistakes, in fact, can be made. Take the experience of Edward J. Keegan 3d. Keegan, 43, of Coventryville, Chester County, mistakenly received a $100 citation for running a traffic light at Roosevelt Boulevard and Grant Avenue on Sept.
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February 25, 2005 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For years, city officials have weathered complaints about red-light runners at Grant Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard. But no one figured - not in their most traffic-hassled, gas-choked nightmares - just how on the money those complaints would prove to be. During the first day of operation, traffic cameras at the intersection photographed 254 cars running red lights, stunning Philadelphia Parking Authority officials. "A lot of violators, a lot of violators," said an amazed Vincent Fenerty Jr., the authority's first deputy executive director.
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December 12, 2004 | By Anthony S. Twyman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphians, wondering whether the red-light cameras that will be installed on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia will reduce traffic fatalities, need look no farther than New York. Traffic fatalities there dropped from 536 in 1993, the first year red-light cameras were fully up and running, to 343 last year. "Last year, we had the lowest amount of pedestrian and vehicle fatalities in 90 years," said Thomas Cocola, a spokesman for the New York City Department of Transportation.
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