PEMA watches over increased traffic to Philadelphia

Trooper Reed PEMA

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – With the Pope’s arrival to Philadelphia, traffic has increased and security is ready to take action at any time.

“We knew it was going to be a very high profile event and there were going to be a lot of people coming into the area”, said Trooper Reed, Pennsylvania State Police.

People are rushing to the City of Brotherly Love, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is all over the planning for the celebration.

Trooper Reed explained, “Traffic is one of the biggest things we’ve been taking a look at. Managing routes, what’s going to be closed what’s going to be opened. Where can people enter and exit from.”

For some praying to just catch a glimpse of Pope Francis, the stakes are as high as the hopes.

Monitoring check points and directing traffic, ensuring safety is the most important thing.

“Well with such a large operation like this there’s a lot of proactive monitoring that has to go on. So right now we’re making sure everything is running smoothly, everybody is in the places they’re suppose to be in”, Trooper Reed stated.

Even with the higher volume of transportation and people walking in the city police say it’s been smooth sailing. They’re just asking for one thing.

“Be patient when you’re coming into the city. Where you’re trying to walk to your destination once you get there. Also have patience in the security check points. It’s there for a reason, it’s to keep everybody safe”, said Trooper Reed.

As for handling any future problems PEMA can’t say much, only that they have a plan.

Trooper Reed said, “I can’t really comment on anything specific but certainly we and other law enforcement agencies are proactively monitoring anything that may come in and handling it appropriately”.

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