As a Fairmount Park Conservancy board member, I was pleased to read about the Philadelphia Zoo's new parking garage and traffic improvements ("Zoo wants a SEPTA stop," April 2). Given that the zoo has experienced record attendance during the past four years, it is commendable to see the organization realize its impact and plan for its future and that of the community.
It is also tremendous that the zoo is exploring the long-term possibility of a train station in this much-needed area of West Philadelphia. As a conservation organization, the zoo is taking positive steps to bring commuter access to residents in the area, cut down on automobile congestion, and reduce unnecessary pollution in Fairmount Park.
As the zoo embarks on its new strategic plan and continues the transformation of its campus, it will continue to become one of the most visited zoos in America. The parking garage and traffic improvements, combined with the possibility of a future train station, shows the zoo's commitment to visitors, neighbors, and the region as a whole.
Joseph M. Manko, Bala Cynwyd, JManko@mgkflaw.com