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Old 06-05-2016, 05:59 PM
 
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The best way to slow down traffic is to time the lights so that drivers hit a string of green lights traveling the speed limit. It works, yet Philadelphia hasn't caught on yet.
They are timed like that when there is NO traffic. But they aren't set up for normal and rush hour conditions.
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Old 06-05-2016, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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They are timed like that when there is NO traffic. But they aren't set up for normal and rush hour conditions.
Well, that's kind of pointless, isn't it?
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Old 06-06-2016, 06:33 AM
 
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As others have pointed out, it's a big reason that the city is so walkable and bikable. I consider it a net plus without question.
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Old 06-06-2016, 06:47 PM
 
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The pattern continues. Other places (big shot places like NYC, Boston, Chicago, etc.) are "allowed" to be congested. Lowly Philadelphia, for whatever reason, is not.

This thread is nonsense. I can't believe I'm the first responder to say so.
And i have been to NYC and Boston and im telling you Philly is worse. Its not just congestion IMO, but poor planning and coordination.
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Old 06-06-2016, 07:31 PM
 
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And i have been to NYC and Boston and im telling you Philly is worse. Its not just congestion IMO, but poor planning and coordination.
Come on now Philly traffic is not worse than NYC
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Old 06-06-2016, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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And i have been to NYC and Boston and im telling you Philly is worse. Its not just congestion IMO, but poor planning and coordination.
Boston isn't even on a grid system, but Philadelphia, which essentially perfected the modern urban grid, has "poor planning" in comparison? Anyone not super familiar with Boston that I've ever heard talk about their driving experience will very quickly note how chaotic and confusing it is--no question.

And despite the best planning efforts of NYC, it's always pandemonium in that city, as the driving is as aggressive and dangerous as it comes.

In short, to suggest that the Philly driving experience is somehow worse than either city is quite humorous.
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Old 06-06-2016, 08:25 PM
 
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As others have pointed out, it's a big reason that the city is so walkable and bikable. I consider it a net plus without question.
Philly is NOT bike able at all. The roads are so narrow it's dangerous. And having a lot of traffic doesn't make a city more "walkable." It's just as walkable on a Monday afternoon with no traffic as it is during rush hour. What you said makes no sense.
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Old 06-07-2016, 05:52 AM
 
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Come on now Philly traffic is not worse than NYC
I pointed out two specific instances, as examples, that I know for a fact that NYC is a thousand times worse than anything going on in Philly. Cars. Buses. Pedestrians. Taxis. Sure not all of Mahattan is loaded with congestion but it certainly is in Midtown/ theater district/port authority areas.
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Old 06-07-2016, 06:05 AM
 
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Boston isn't even on a grid system, but Philadelphia, which essentially perfected the modern urban grid, has "poor planning" in comparison? Anyone not super familiar with Boston that I've ever heard talk about their driving experience will very quickly note how chaotic and confusing it is--no question.

And despite the best planning efforts of NYC, it's always pandemonium in that city, as the driving is as aggressive and dangerous as it comes.

In short, to suggest that the Philly driving experience is somehow worse than either city is quite humorous.
No, NYC is NOT aways traffic pandemonium. It's not in Washington Heights around Columbia U. It's not on the very upper part of 5th Ave at the top of Central Park. Harlem and East Harlem are not crazy with traffic. It's not bad around Lincoln Center on Broadway. It's even not that bad right at Columbus Circle. Where it can be bad is south of 59th St heading in to the theater district. The number of tourists, most of whom are clueless about where they are, doesn't help. Things get calmer again once you get to Chelsea....well SoHo is bad or Canal St are bad but that's just the crush of people.
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Old 06-07-2016, 08:22 AM
 
Location: back in Philadelphia!
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NYC traffic is really only bad approaching the bridge & tunnel bottlenecks (of which there are many, across all 5 boroughs) at high traffic times. In Manhattan, central park creates additional bottlenecks around 59th street. Around Canal street is bad mainly because one end is the manhattan bridge bottleneck, and the other end is the holland tunnel bottleneck.

I don't think Philly traffic is especially bad as far as major american cities go. The NYC archipelago is perhaps a special case, but Chicago, DC, Atlanta, Boston all seem worse in my experience.
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