Solomon heralds final passage of a bill to make Roosevelt Boulevard safer

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today congratulated Rep. John Taylor and fellow colleagues in the House and Senate for passage of Senate Bill 172. The bill, which passed the Senate 47-1 on concurrence, would allow for a 5-year pilot program to install speed cameras in work zones and along Roosevelt Boulevard.

“The passage of S.B.172 today marks another significant step to make Roosevelt Boulevard safer for all who use it or cross it in northeast Philadelphia,” Solomon said. “11 people have died already this year on the boulevard, making it the deadliest year in recent history. This is unacceptable. By passing this bill people are saying ‘enough’ and demanding a safer Roosevelt Boulevard.”

Solomon thanked the families and advocates who had worked tirelessly to push this bill over the finish line, and said he looks forward to working with them, Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney and other colleagues to ensure continued safety improvements come to Roosevelt Boulevard. 

“The boulevard is the spine of northeast Philadelphia – connecting our residents to their place of work, their schools and to each other. But it is also a death trap,” Solomon said. “To change this will take time, but the Route for Change process quarterbacked by the mayor’s team is showing us the way. This bill follows the recent commencement of the new Roosevelt Boulevard Direct SEPTA bus service, which encourages more people to take transit.  

“Hopefully more important changes will come in addition to and as a result of the passage of S.B.172.”

The bill now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature.