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Special Board Meeting: Tuesday, July 14th, 2020.

Due to the public health impact and concerns of the COVID-19 outbreak, and in light of recommendations by public health officials, the Authority’s Special Board Meeting scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 14th, 2020, will take place via GoToMeeting.

Public comments will be accepted and considered. Anyone wishing to submit a comment or listen to the July special board meeting conference call can do so by emailing Kelly Quinn at kquinn@philapark.org. All such emails and requests to listen to the board meeting should be received by Ms. Quinn on or before July 13th, 2020 to be considered for the meeting.

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Return to Work Notice

Dear Valued Employee,

The City of Philadelphia entered into the “Yellow Phase” of business reopening on June 5th. The PPA will begin to resume partial operations on June 8th, particularly for those who have not been working performing essential duties.

Protecting the health and safety of our employees and the customers that we serve is our top priority.  Accordingly, we followed city and state directives in March to shut down our operations in many locations and departments across the agency.  We will continue to keep health and safety as top priorities as we reopen our offices.

We recognize that our customers and employees need to feel safe and comfortable when they interact again with all aspects of our operations.  Therefore, as restrictions start to lessen, we are taking very important steps to ensure the well-being and safety of everyone.

Please see below the important steps we have taken.

All locations have been professionally cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized before opening.  Upon opening, all locations will adhere to regular cleaning and disinfecting schedules, including special emphasis on high-touch areas.

  • Employees and visitors will undergo a health-screening before admittance into any PPA facility.
  • Masks must be worn by every person admitted to all PPA facilities.
  • Every location has the maximum number of people allowed posted, along with proper signage to follow social distancing protocols.
  • As we begin to adhere to new safety protocols, we are taking steps to reduce the number of in-person interactions and make many of our services available online.

When the Parking Authority resumes partial business operations starting June 8th, we will have a phased re-entry plan.

  • Managers and above will report to their worksites beginning Monday, June 8th.
  • Supervisors will report to their worksites beginning Wednesday, June 10th.
  • The remaining staff will report to work EITHER Thursday, June 11th, OR Friday, June 12th.

When you report to work during the week of the 8th, you will receive training and orientation on our new protocols and operations. Your manager will contact you regarding your specific schedule shortly.

Beginning the week of June 15th, we will increase our operations with two schedules or shifts returning to all office buildings or worksites. Our team has been planning and making many preparations for all of us to return to work safely.   In order to ensure a safe start-up, one half of our staff will report at one time. Reporting will be rotated so everyone will be required to report the same number of hours in each pay period. Guidance from the Health Department will guide us as to when normal schedules will be reinstated. You will receive instructions shortly regarding your shift assignment. Anyone who can work from home will continue to do so on the days they are not required to report to the office.

Much work has been done to prepare for the return to on-location working so that we are able to do so in a safe and efficient manner.  Any questions or concerns can be directed to Michell Fortino, starting Monday, June 8th, at 215-683-9683, 215-435-2773, or HRAdmin@philapark.org.

I look forward to reuniting with all employees in a safe and responsible manner, as we continue to deliver exceptional service to the public in all of our operations.

Be safe and well,

Scott Petri, Executive Director

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Message to PPA staff from Executive Director, Scott Petri

Essential PPA staff has been reporting to work as needed for operations.  Starting Saturday, June 6th  PPA will resume regular work schedules for all employees.

Our team has been planning and making many preparations for all of us to return to work safely.  Part of the plan is to have two schedules or shifts for returning to your office building or worksite. In order to insure a safe start-up, one half of our staff will report at one time. Reporting will be rotated so everyone will be required to report the same number of hours in each pay period. Guidance from the Health Department will guide us as to when normal schedules will be reinstated. You will receive instrucitons next week regarding your shift assignment. Anyone who can work from home will continue to do so on the days they are not required to report to the office.

There is a lot of information to be relayed to you regarding our new policies and procedures.  You will be receiving information soon in the mail. Additionally, you will also be hearing from your management team regarding what days and times you should report to work. If you do not receive any information by Thursday, June 4th, please contact your manager.

Our location will be sanitized by external contractors on this Thursday, June 4th.  During the cleaning process, liquid is sprayed. It is imperative that you clear your work area of all papers because they will be damaged in the cleaning process.  If you have a desk or office in 701, I ask that you come to your workspace between tomorrow and Wednesday to ensure that all papers and documents are in drawers or boxes.  Do not come in on Thursday, June 4th.

Your cooperation is needed. I appreciate your assistance.  Please stay safe and thank you.

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PPA Activates Speed Cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard & Announces Start of 60 Day Warning Period on Monday – June 1st

(PHILADELPHIA) – Speed cameras have been installed in Philadelphia to improve safety and save lives. The PPA will activate those cameras on Monday, June 1st, by initiating a warning period of 60 days. In announcing the activation of eight automated speed enforcement cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard, PPA Executive Director Scott Petri today said, “Philadelphia is concerned about the dangers of speed in the city. We will educate and enforce behaviors that help improve traffic safety. Vehicles that speed will be identified and warning notices will be given from June 1st to July 31st.”  Any vehicle electronically clocked traveling at a speed in excess of 11 miles per hour over the speed limit will be mailed a warning during this period. Beginning August 1st, all violators will receive a notice and fine for speeding.”

After the warning period ends on July 31st, all speeding violators will be subject to a fine up to $150 — depending on the speed of the vehicle at the time of the violation, and will receive a violation and fine notice to the registered address of the vehicle. No points will be added to an individual’s driving record. The fine is aimed at deterring driving at excessive speeds that could lead to fatal injuries. 

According to Petri, “The decision to place speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard is the result of a number of high speed-related accidents over the years, many involving serious injury and the tragic loss of life.”

Roosevelt Boulevard currently has nine intersections that are monitored by red light cameras. As a result, red light running has dramatically decreased on the Boulevard by 58% since 2005.  When the first red light cameras were activated at Grant Avenue and the Boulevard in 2005, 25,673 red light running violations were recorded.  At this same intersection in 2018, 4,697 red light camera violations occurred – a staggering 82% reduction in red light running at this intersection. 

“We believe red light cameras save lives — and we believe automated speed enforcement cameras along Roosevelt Boulevard will save more lives,” Petri said.

“Traffic deaths in Philadelphia are preventable and never acceptable,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. ” Adding automated speed cameras on the Boulevard is one of the most effective steps that we can take to eliminate traffic deaths. With the installation of these cameras, we continue to make progress on our Vision Zero efforts to eliminate traffic fatalities in Philadelphia by 2030.”

With an estimated 140 communities in 14 other states already utilizing automated speed enforcement cameras, their effectiveness has been clearly demonstrated. For example, between 2014 and 2017, New York City saw reduced speeding at camera locations by 63% while reducing fatal crashes by 55%. 

Ultimately there will be a total of thirty-two (32) automated speed enforcement cameras operational at eight (8) different locations on Roosevelt Boulevard for this pilot program. The automated speed enforcement camera locations will be the following;

  1. Roosevelt Boulevard and Banks Way
  2. Roosevelt Boulevard and F Street
  3. Roosevelt Boulevard and Deveraux Street
  4. Roosevelt Boulevard and Harbison Avenue
  5. Roosevelt Boulevard and Strahle Street
  6. Roosevelt Boulevard and Grant Avenue
  7. Roosevelt Boulevard and Red Lion Road (near Whitten Street)
  8. Roosevelt Boulevard and Southampton Road (near Horning Road)
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Special Board Meeting to Take Place Wednesday, May 27th at 1:00 PM.

Due to the public health impact and concerns of the COVID-19 outbreak, and in light of recommendations by public health officials, the Authority’s Special Board Meeting scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Wednesday May 27, 2020, will take place via conference call. *

Public comment will be accepted and considered. Anyone wishing to submit a comment or listen to the May special board meeting conference call can do so by emailing Kelly Quinn at kquinn@philapark.org. All such emails and requests to listen to the board meeting should be received by Ms. Quinn on or before May 26th, 2020 to be considered for the meeting.

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PARKING ALERT: PPA Center City Garages and Select Parking Lot Rates to Resume 6-1-2020

 
Beginning Monday, June 1st, 2020, normal parking rates will apply at PPA operated Center City garages and select parking lots. Please see below for details pertaining to each each location:

Family Court Garage (1503 Arch Street) – Normal operations and rates will apply beginning Monday, June 1st, 2020. 

Autopark at Jefferson (10th and Ludlow) – Beginning Monday, June 1st, 2020, normal operations and rates will apply. To accommodate complimentary patrons who work overnight and enter the garage before midnight, Sunday, May 31st, those patrons must exit by 6:00 p.m., Monday, June 1st. 

Gateway Parking Garage (1540 Vine Street) – Beginning Monday, June 1st, 2020, normal operations and rates will apply. To accommodate complimentary patrons who work overnight and enter the garage before midnight, Sunday, May 31st, those patrons must exit by 6:00 p.m., Monday, June 1st. 

Autopark at Independence Garage (5th and Market) – Beginning Monday, June 1st, 2020, normal operations and rates will apply. To accommodate complimentary patrons who work overnight and enter the garage before midnight, Sunday, May 31st, those patrons must exit by 6:00 p.m., Monday, June 1st. 

Autopark at Fashion District/Gallery Garage ( 44 N. 9th Street) – Beginning Monday, June 1st, 2020, normal operations and rates will apply. To accommodate complimentary patrons who work overnight and enter the garage before midnight, Sunday, May 31st, those patrons must exit by 6:00 p.m., Monday, June 1st. 

Old City Garage (2nd and Sansom) – Beginning Monday, June 1st, 2020, normal operations and rates will apply. To accommodate complimentary patrons who work overnight and enter the garage before midnight, Sunday, May 31st, those patrons must exit by 6:00 p.m., Monday, June 1st. 

Parkade Garage (801 Arch Street) – Beginning Monday, June 1st, 2020, normal operations and rates will apply. To accommodate complimentary patrons who work overnight and enter the garage before midnight, Sunday, May 31st, those patrons must exit by 6:00 p.m., Monday, June 1st. 

Autopark at the Ben Franklin Bridge (224 N. 3rd St.) – open only to monthly access cardholders.

UPDATED: 5-19-2020

8th & Chestnut Lot – (801 Chestnut Street) Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 1st, 2020, normal operations and rates will apply. 

19th & Callowhill Lot – (1901 Callowhill Street) Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 1st, 2020, normal operations and rates will apply. 

Fern Rock Rail Station Lot – (10th & Nedro Streets) Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 1st, 2020, normal operations and rates will apply. 

Fox Chase Rail Station Lot –  (500 Rhawn Street) Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 1st, 2020, normal operations and rates will apply. 

Torresdale Rail Station Lot – (4900 Grant Avenue) Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 1st, 2020, normal operations and rates will apply. 

 

Please click here for additional details on the PPA’s COVID 19 protocols.

 

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PPA Staff Alert- March 27, 2020

All PPA offices will continue to remain closed except to personnel designated as “essential,” until further notice.  For additional information, please click here.

Please visit www.IBX.com for information regarding COVID-19.  On this site, you can also create your account to gain access to your medical information and cards.

New York Life Guaranteed Issue Employee Whole Life Insurance Benefit open enrollment is now through Wednesday, March 31.

Click on the link below for details about this benefit:

https://zoom.us/rec/share/-fZHIonP32VOXInz4lmEUYsTPLT3T6a82icZq_cMzUaM3k_7myjd-m8_bSMSIobC?startTime=1585152257000

If you are interested, please email your name and phone number to Saraann Haglund at SHaglund@philapark.org or DGIUSTI@LEGACYBENEFITSGROUP.COM and someone will get back to you with your options. You may also call (609) 412-4165.

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Stay Safe by Staying Informed

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is actively and carefully monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19. The Authority is committed to maintaining the good health of all employees and strongly encourage prevention practices across our community.

The guidelines below provide up-to-date advice to our employees and align with the Authority’s policies in support of our safety goals. These guidelines will be regularly reviewed and updated as the situation unfolds.

We ask that you remain vigilant and obey all orders and directives issued by local and state agencies. In all cases, follow the instructions from your healthcare provider and regularly monitor the following agencies for up to date information and guidance:

Mental Health Services

The Philadelphia Parking Authority recognizes that our employees, their families and loved ones may be experiencing an extraordinary amount of stress at this time. The Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health has provided the following resources:

Mental Health Crisis
215-685-6440

Mental Health and Addiction Services (for people with and without insurance)
888-545-2600

Children’s Crisis Response Center
3300 Henry Avenue, Suite 3N
215-878-2600

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
800-273-8255
Veterans dial 1

Domestic Violence Hotline
866-723-3014

Homeless Outreach
215-232-1984

Intellectual disability Services
215-685-5900

HealthyMindsPhilly.org
Free, 24\7 online behavioral health screening, access to Mental Health First Aid trainings and resources.

COVID-19: WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever • Cough • Shortness of breath

    EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Do not report to work if you are sick.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, do not use your hands!
  • Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Should you become sick, report your illness to your supervisor and Human Resources.
  • Should someone in your household becomes sick, report the illness to your supervisor and Human Resources.
  • Employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately. Supervisors must keep Human Resources informed when a sick employee is sent home. Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
  • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 must notify his/her supervisor and refer to CDC guidance to learn how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure to remain health and not infect others. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html)
  • If you have come in contact with Asymptomatic (show no signs of illness) People Exposed to COVID-19:
    • CDC does not recommend testing, symptom monitoring or special management for people exposed to asymptomatic (show no signs of illness) people with potential exposures to COVID-19 (such as in a household), i.e., “contacts of contacts;” these people are not considered exposed to COVID-19.

TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES

If you or someone in your household have recently returned from a high risk country determined to be Level 2 or above (such as Europe, the UK and Ireland, China, South Korea, Malaysia, and Iran), please adhere to the following guidelines:

Stay home if you are not feeling well.

  1. Self-monitor for signs of fever, dry cough and trouble breathing
  2. Call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) immediately if you become sick
  3. Contact your doctor or ER prior to arriving so as not to overwhelm the healthcare system
  4. Should the Authority be made aware that an employee has been confirmed positive, we will inform fellow employees of their possible exposure in the workplace; however, we must maintain the employee’s confidentiality as required by the ADA

CORONAVIRUS FAQ’s

How is COVID-19 Diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider can determine if your signs and symptoms are explained by other causes, or if there is reason to suspect you may have COVID-19. If laboratory testing is appropriate, your healthcare provider will work with health officials in your state, who in turn will work with CDC, to collect and test any clinical specimens for diagnosis.

How is COVID-19 Treated?

No vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19 infection is available. Hospitals can provide supportive care for infected people.

What Should I Do if I Think I Have Been Exposed to or Infected With COVID-19?

Alert your healthcare provider immediately if you think you may be infected with COVID-19, including if you have been exposed to someone with the virus and have signs/symptoms of infection. Additionally, contact your supervisor to report your exposure. If you are experiencing symptoms, you should tell your healthcare provider about any recent travel to areas where COVID-19 is spreading.

If you believe you have been exposed on the job, alert your supervisor and human resources immediately.

I am Concerned About Exposure to a Coworker Who Seems Sick. Can I Insist That They be Sent Home?

If you have a concern about an employee who appears sick, speak to your supervisor. If the Authority’s management believes that an employee has symptoms associated with a communicable disease such as coronavirus, management, in consultation with Human Resources, may require the employee not to report to work and to use any available compensatory leave, sick leave, vacation leave.

Additionally, the Authority’s management should emphasize to employees the importance of staying home when sick, and employees that are required to stay home by the Authority should discuss leave options with Human Resources.

One of My Employees Looks Sick. What Should I Do?

The safety and well-being of our employees is our most important issue and prompt identification and isolation of potentially infectious individuals is a critical step in protecting workers and the public. All employees are strongly encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 if they suspect possible exposure. Where appropriate, supervisors should immediately isolate people who have signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and send them home immediately. Supervisors must also notify Human Resources.

If you think you are developing symptoms associated with COVID-19 and have reason to believe you have been exposed to the virus, the CDC recommends calling your doctor and/or the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. If you are sick, notify your supervisor and stay home. An employee told by a doctor or public health official that they should be under isolation due to illness should not report to work and should follow the Authority’s relaxed Sick Leave Policy when recording leave.

When an employee is quarantined, the employee shall be granted paid leave until the specified period of time ends or the employee becomes ill with the communicable disease, whichever comes first. The employee must provide proof of quarantine.

If you have reason to believe you have been exposed to the virus, the CDC recommends calling your doctor or Public Health department. An employee told by a Public Health official that they should be under quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 but is not yet symptomatic should notify their supervisor about the quarantine directive.

How Long Do Infected Employees Need to Remain in Quarantine?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, people with COVID-19 can discontinue isolation under the following circumstances:
1. No fever for 72 hours (3 full days with no fever and no medications to stop the fever) AND
2. Other symptoms improved (cough, shortness of breath) AND
3. At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

Should I be tested for COVID-19?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips of face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

Using the CDC-developed diagnostic test, a negative result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in the person’s sample. In the early stages of infection, it is possible the virus will not be detected.

Can a Person Test Negative and Later Test Positive for COVID-19?

For COVID-19, a negative test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms likely means that the COVID-19 virus is not causing their current illness.

Will I be Notified if Someone I Work With is Confirmed to Have Coronavirus?

Employees known to be exposed to an individual diagnosed with coronavirus will be notified that a case of coronavirus has been confirmed, but the Americans with Disabilities Act protects the identity and medical information of people with communicable diseases.

If I Contract Coronavirus While Working, Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?

If you become ill and it is determined to be work-related in accordance with the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Workers’ Compensation Policy applies. If your illness is determined not to be work-related, the Authority’s Sick Leave Policy applies.

 

WHAT IS THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT?

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is federal law signed by President Donald Trump on March 18, 2020. The Act responds to the growing health and economic crises with provisions for paid sick leave, free COVID-19 testing and expanded unemployment benefits.

Free Testing

The legislation seeks to make testing for the coronavirus free to the public (without having to use deductibles or copayments). It includes a variety of waivers in order for testing costs to be covered by either insurance or government programs.

Paid Sick Leave

The bill establishes a federal emergency paid-leave benefits program to provide payments to some employees.

Unemployment Aid

The legislation boosts unemployment benefits, with nearly $1 billion in state grants to cover processing and paying unemployment insurance.

It also raises the amount of assistance to states with high unemployment for those who have exhausted benefits already.

Additional information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act can be found at https://appropriations.house.gov/sites/democrats.appropriations.house.gov/files/Families%20First%20Summary%20FINAL.pdf

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