The population of downtown York swells from about 43,000 during the overnight hours to nearly 100,000 as the clock ticks forward to 8 a.m. and the start of the work day.
While the city’s robust commuter population brings in a number of “walking wallets,” as one county developer once characterized foot traffic, to the downtown area, it also clogs the city’s main arteries.
Snarls on Market and George Streets means that traffic often inches across the city’s five-mile diameter.
Relief from the congestion could come in the next six months, however, in the form of a red light coordination effort.
Public Works Director Jim Gross said his department is finalizing a work contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation before beginning work on technology updates to signal cabinets.
Funds for the project totaling $179,200 were received from the Automated Red Light Enforcement Program, which distributes ticketing money from the Philadelphia red light enforcement system to communities around the state.
Once completed, Gross hopes traffic flow will improve.
But will the upgrade process itself cause headaches and street closures?
“Not at all,” Gross said.