December 30, 2004
MISSING INGREDIENT IN SCHOOL-CROSSING SAFETY IN AN otherwise excellent report on the safety of children walking to school (Dec. 20, "After a year of tragedy, we're exiting in safety"), the Daily News paints an incomplete picture of an alleged safety hazard. The "chaotic stretch of Tyson Avenue" near the Solis-Cohen School is indeed dangerous. The article fails to mention, however, that traffic signals AND crossing guards can be found at both ends of this two-block stretch - a walk of no more than about 150 yards for any of the 100 or so children who must cross this street to get to school.
July 15, 2004 |
Werner J. "Dutch" Eichorn Jr., 56, a veteran traffic engineer with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, died Saturday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania of a rare form of vasculitis. For three decades, Mr. Eichorn toiled at the near-impossible task of soothing traffic congestion. He led a team that coordinated approximately 6,000 traffic signals and contrived remedies for tie-ups caused by road projects and calamities. "He was the go-to guy," said Vito Genua, PennDot assistant district executive.
June 14, 2004
HAS IT occurred to anyone that the reason so many school children are being hit by cars is that they walk out in front of cars and don't obey traffic signals? In Kensington, the children jaywalk constantly with a crossing guard right at the corner - but they don't pay her any mind. The guards don't even scold the children when they jaywalk. If anyone does say something, they get cursed out by 5th- and 6th-graders. So we allow children to walk and cross when they want and where they want.
February 11, 2004 |
Decades ago, when Doylestown's quintessential man about town, the late W. Lester Trauch, spotted author Edna Ferber on the street, he decided to approach her. He wasn't some gaga celebrity-chaser. But he didn't want the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer to think Doylestown was a sleepy backwater where people were so podunk they didn't know who she was. So Trauch simply tipped his hat and said, "Welcome to Doylestown, Miss Ferber. " Sleepy or podunk, indeed. Doylestown probably wasn't then, and it certainly isn't now. Just look at it some Saturday, with folks bustling about, shopping in trendy boutiques or taking in an artsy movies at the County Theater.
August 12, 2003 |
JOSEPH EGAN Jr., executive director of the Philadelphia Parking authority, put forth a sterling effort to rationalize the use of wet-film, red-light cameras, versus the digital variety in his recent Daily News op-ed. In passing, he also paid homage to the public's concern over privacy issues. What he did not address is the incontrovertible fact that employing red-light cameras financially rewards governments for failing to properly install, maintain and operate traffic signals.
March 13, 2003 |
A Frankford High School student was fatally shot yesterday afternoon when he stopped his car at a traffic signal near West Philadelphia High School, police said. Shortly after 3 p.m. at 48th and Locust Streets, a gunman walked up to a gray Chevrolet Lumina and fired several shots into the car, striking 17-year-old Giavinni "Gino" Howard in the chest, police said. Howard stumbled out of his car and started to run south on 48th but collapsed a short distance away, police said.
February 18, 2002 |
Fables and fairy tales were meant to be cautionary. Aesop and the Brothers Grimm (was there ever a more fitting name?) wove dire warnings into spellbinding stories for children. I think a few of Harrison Township's grown-ups could benefit from rereading Aesop. Is the goose that laid the golden egg about to produce golden arches and Egg McMuffins? The township is considering lifting a ban on drive-through restaurants. It's time for a cautionary tale. My husband and I moved to Pitman in 1965.
December 10, 2001 |
Across the river they're talking about installing traffic cameras to cut down the number of motorists who run red lights in Philadelphia. I think they ought to do that at some South Jersey intersections, too. Of course, I didn't think it was such a good idea when I was living in Maryland and a red-light camera caught me. Three years later, it's still hard to believe it happened. I had known for more than a year where the cameras were. One of the first was installed near my home.
June 24, 2001 |
The second phase of a $2.1 million Burlington County transportation project designed to make driving in the county a lot smoother and quicker is nearing completion in several more towns. The so-called Closed Loop Control System coordinates 19 traffic signals in Willingboro, Burlington Township, Mount Holly and Westampton. Sensors embedded in the street will monitor traffic flow and communicate with a master computer in the county's Mount Laurel office that will determine when and how long drivers will sit at red lights.
June 14, 2001 |
Beginning next week, a huge crane swinging steel beams as long as football fields will occasionally muscle traffic off Interstate 95 as workers build new ramps to Philadelphia International Airport. Motorists should prepare for short detours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. some nights between Mondays and Thursdays until Labor Day. Closing the highway is the only way to safely pluck and perch beams as heavy as 49 tons, officials said yesterday. Closing the road "is a last resort," Regional Federal Highway Administrator Carmine Fiscina said at a news conference.