Here’s Dana Grubb complaining about the post-fireworks traffic out of Southside Bethlehem on the 4th of July:
Frequent council commentator Dana Grubb said he was in traffic and watching anxiously as an Easton ambulance crawled through bumper-to-bumper traffic toward St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill. Other motorists struggled to get out of the ambulance’s way, he said. His trip from Hayes Street to the Minsi Trail Bridge, ordinarily made in a minute or two, took 15 minutes.
“It was a cluster, to put it bluntly,” he said. “I only shudder to think what it might be like after a headlining concert.”
And here’s Dana opposing the LOOP Shuttle between North and South Bethlehem:
“I understand the ambulance, I understand the firetruck, but I’m a little befuddled by the city pursuing funding for the Loop out of the gaming money at the county level,” Grubb said. “I’m out and around the town pretty much and those buses are pretty darn empty. As a taxpayer I’m really concerned, given the performance to date.”
The thing about gridlock is that it’s caused by too many cars trying to occupy a scarce amount of street space at the same time. If everybody tries to bring a car to a popular event like the fireworks, there’s going to be a lot of traffic. The solution, then, is to charge more for parking at the site, and then encourage people to park at the Northside parking garages and take the LOOP over.
This isn’t brain surgery. If you’re concerned about traffic, you need to be advocating for better mass transit service. If you’re for cutting back transit service, then you can’t complain about too many cars on the road. It’s one or the other.