SEPTA cameras documented more than 36,000 vehicles blocking bus lanes and stops

EPTA used windshield-mounted video cameras to record 36,392 instances of illegally parked vehicles blocking Center City bus-only lanes and bus stops in West Philadelphia and Upper Darby during a 70-day trial this spring.

The test documented the need for and feasibility of a permanent camera enforcement program, agency officials said. SEPTA released the results Thursday.

“Based on what we’ve seen, and based on the results that other cities have had, we certainly would recommend implementing a system like this one,” said Matthew Zapson, a SEPTA planning project manager who worked on the project…

SEPTA is in the midst of a comprehensive redesign of its bus network with the goal of improving reliability and shortening travel times, key factors for would-be riders. Blockages of bus lanes and stops are among the challenges the program faces.

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