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As PPA Plans Launch of New Kiosks, Widely Popular meterUP Mobile Payment Parking App Hits 300,000 Download Milestone

(PHILADELPHIA) The Philadelphia Parking Authority’s hugely popular meterUP pay by cell parking app hit the 300,000 download milestone today.

The meterUP app is available city-wide and can be used at over 8,000 coin-operated meters and 975 kiosks throughout the city.

The continued success of meterUP comes as the PPA anticipates installing new kiosks in the summer. The new kiosks will require customers to enter their license plate numbers while making on-street parking payments.

Commenting on the milestone, PPA Executive Director Scott Petri said, “We are delighted this very popular and convenient mobile payment option is being so widely used by our parking customers. Our customers now have the convenience of paying for parking or adding time remotely anywhere in the city – instead of having to continuously carry cash or coins.”

Hailed as a major PPA technological innovation aimed at improving customer service and convenience for motorists parking in Philadelphia, there have been over 2.8 million meterUP transactions and now over 300,000 downloads since December 2017. The app has been widely embraced — receiving an IOS rating of 4.8 out of 23,000 reviews and a 4.6 Android rating out of 1,144 reviews at the App Store.

“Our goal with meterUP has always been to further improve customer service and the overall parking experience in Philadelphia for residents and visitors alike. We can expect this sentiment to continue as we install new pay-by-plate parking kiosks this summer,” Petri said.

The meterUP app allows drivers to pay for parking with a smartphone and remotely add more time to kiosks or coin-operated parking meters. Registration and use of meterUP is easy and saves customers time and money. Users can extend parking sessions remotely and stop time early to avoid wasting unused minutes. Customized parking expiration reminders and the ability to make prepayments are also features of meterUP.

Clearly marked signs and decals with zone numbers and directions on how to use meterUP are posted throughout the city. App users are encouraged to ensure their license plate numbers are correctly entered into their app profiles while referencing the correct meterUP zone numbers when making mobile payments.

The PPA has partnered with ParkMobile, LLC to power the meterUP app. With this mobile payment option available city wide, both meterUP and ParkMobile are accepted for payment at all kiosks and coin-operated meters in Philadelphia – and conversely — meterUP can be used for payment in any locale in the country where ParkMobile is used and accepted

“The partnership between the Philadelphia Parking Association and ParkMobile has been a great success since we launched the meterUP app in 2017,” says Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile. “The high volume of transactions and the positive app store reviews show that we are providing a better parking experience in the city.

Customers are able to acquire meterUP by visiting, downloading it through their iOS and Android device, or by calling (877-727-5303).



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2018 Accomplishments of the Philadelphia Parking Authority

2018 Accomplishments


Corporate Governance

  • Accredited with distinction by the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI).
  • Three (3) garages rated as premier – Parkade on 8th, Galleria Garage, and Family Court Garage.
  • Delivered over $119 million to government entities.
  • Reorganized the Engineering department, now known as Construction Management and Capital Projects and hired new Director.
  • Changed the name of the IT Department to the Department of Technology and Information Solutions. Made PCI Compliance a key initiative.  Began search for Chief Technology Officer.
  • Reorganized the Finance Department and hired a new CFO.
  • Reorganized HR Department. Began search for new Director.  Conducted internal & external review of processes.
  • Added all contracts to website.
  • Processed 228 Right to Know requests.
  • Created expanded role of Board involvement and provided comprehensive monthly reports to the Board and public of activities.
  • Created Investment Committee with Board member representation. Analyzed all investment activities.  Began quarterly meetings with reports to Board on Investment Committee.  Created new policies and procedures.
  • Created new policies and procedures for HR, Finance, Risk Management and Audit departments.
  • Reconstituted the Audit department and created audit matrix. Reviewed Audit Findings and required departmental responses and implementation of corrective action.
  • Began practice of issuing Annual Reports for On-Street Operations even though not required. Continued bi-monthly meetings with City & School District finance.
  • Completed whistleblower policy.
  • Began practice of issuing Annual Reports for Airport Operations even though not required. Met frequently with DOA on finance and construction matters.
  • Assisted City with implementation of Amnesty Program.
  • Testified before the PA House Consumer Affairs Committee about need for additional funding for regulatory enforcement and hosted information hearing with PA House Transportation and Urban Affairs Committees on state legislative agenda.
  • Created compilation of proposed local and state legislation providing for safety improvements, revenue enhancement, regulatory authority and recommended changes.
  • Negotiated to successful conclusion of Collective Bargaining Agreement for four (4) unions with Teamsters Local 115, AFSCME Local 33 & 47 and District Council 21.
  • Post all contracts and POs on website and reported to Board on stats monthly.
  • Completed final response to Auditor General & held final meeting.
  • All Board Meeting minutes and exhibits available on PPA website.
  • Present list of employees trained each month and subject of training to Board each month.
  • Adopted formal travel reimbursement policy.
  • Began utilization of Project Management software.
  • Developed, operationalized and managed the City’s Amnesty Program – high profile, high risk program.
  • Developed transition and operational plan for BAA.
  • Appointed Equal Opportunity Officer.
  • Initiated a Best Practices Comparison Study consisting of parking professionals from around the country to develop operations analyst staff.
  • Redesigned the Authority’s Strategic Plan.
  • Developed protocols for HR and Internal Auditor reviews of Employee parking violations.


Risk Management

  • Reorganized Risk Management and expanded its role and responsibility.
  • Adopted a formal policy on policies and procedures.
  • Began risk assessment by department.
  • In collaboration with Off-Street Operations, revised the damage claim form specific to their operations to better capture the nature of the incident. The revised form allows Off-Street Operations to determine validity of incidents/damage thereby providing Risk Management the opportunity to process valid claims more efficiently.
  • Developed a Safety Statement for the Authority in an effort to begin development of a formal safety program.
  • Presented a Draft Motor Vehicle Usage Policy to Senior Management to formalize the Authorities processes and procedures regarding motor vehicle usage for safety and insurance.
  • Revision of the Risk Management Motor Vehicle Incident Summary form (formerly Chargeable Summary form) – the new form allows for a more efficient manner in which we investigate incidents. The form is shared with Human Resources and the Department Manager.  Some changes to the form include:
    • Providing a description of the incident;
    • Determining whether the incident was preventable, non-preventable, or unable to determine from a loss prevention prospective; and
    • Concluding potential causes of the incident from a safety perspective.
  • Reinstated the Driver Safety Training program in collaboration with the Authority’s automobile liability carrier, insurance broker, and PPA Training Academy.
  • Provided suggested revisions and insurance language to the HR Travel policy.
  • Enhanced risk relationship with Information Technology and hosted an AIG Cyber Awareness Education Session.
  • Expansion of Risk Management’s role within the Authority by increased collaboration on various projects, to include developing and implementing an enterprise-wide risk management program.
    • Facilitation of three (3) areas currently in process – Off-Street Operations; Finance; and Information Technology.



  • Reactivated participation with state and national trade associations.
  • Enhanced communication with elected officials.
  • Participated in state hearings.
  • Public service announcement program to educate on various topics.
  • Continued community outreach meetings.
  • Completed outreach to neighborhood/business associations to address concerns/issues
  • Supported the meterUP city-wide roll-out.
  • Created inspection warning program.
  • Initiated daily recordings of customer interactions for analysis and reporting.
  • Created reporting for analytics of front-desk and BAA services.
  • Began monitoring of Parking Violations Branch customer service phone calls.
  • Streamlined process for ticket cancellations, saving time and resources.
  • Initiated weekly meetings for improved communication and efficiency.
  • Implemented a pilot program to expand Saturday hours – BAA.
  • Process flow analysis and reconfigured service windows at BAA to assist with crowd control/customer convenience/efficiency.
  • Reviewed vacant positions and hired as appropriate to ensure optimal staffing levels.
  • Sought opportunities for Community meetings and public ceremonies.
  • Initiated daily recordings of customer interactions for analysis and reporting – BAA.
  • Focus upon growth of Authority’s social media impressions and engagements.
  • Implemented a strategy to utilize video content more significantly.


Human Resources

  • Began internal training program for advanced skills.
  • Promoted 98 employees to new positions.
  • Adopted expanded college internship program.
  • Present all employee actions: hires, promotions, separations, retirements, etc., at each Board Meeting.



  • Refurbished two neighborhood lots – 7th & Christian & 4711 Baltimore Avenue.
  • Turned over $1.5 million to the City from neighborhood lots which was utilized by the City to improve fire company kitchens.
  • Completed design and approval for new parking lot under Ben Franklin Bridge adding 197 new monthly parking spots in Olde City.
  • Began to explore properties to replace Lot 4 and Lot 1.



  • Reviewed numerous items on Audit list.
  • Developed a Mission Statement.
  • Reviewed retiring employee’s benefits for accuracy.
  • Participated in Government accounting principles.
  • Consulted on Amnesty.
  • Monitored vacation & sick leave.
  • Moved reports closer to annual.

Off-Street Operations

  • Expanded and formalized maintenance program for Facilities and included normalized maintenance costs into budget.



  • Implemented new budget process.
  • PPA budget on website.
  • Re-organized the department.
  • Changed finance presentation at Board Meetings to year-to-date.



  • Garage D restoration work was completed in December 2018. This project came in under budget by $906,807.61.
  • In FY 2018, the Authority performed 3,981 courtesy services including courtesy tows, jump starts, car location services, and other similar work for airport customers at no charge. These services have a retail value of $307,000.
  • The Authority returned 45.5% of the net revenue to the DOA in FY18.
  • The net amount payable to the DOA for FY18 $32,270,521.


On-Street Operations 

  • Delivered $50,657,124 to the City and School District, more than ever before even with pension & fringe benefit cost increases.
  • Parking taxes paid to the City for FY18 totaled $15.87 million.
  • Relaunch of Pay-by-Phone through Park Mobile.
  • Issued 1,553,552 parking tickets.
  • Performed 40,708 tows including 13,956 live stops.

Department of Technology and Information Solutions/Technology

  • Began re-organization of department.
  • Moved PCI function back into IT.
  • Created task force on PCI Compliance.
  • Established matrix on PCI implementation.
  • Completed rush assessment of department.
  • Migrated from Groupwise to Outlook.
  • Completed a Virtual Infrastructure refresh (replaced outdated servers).
  • Developed protocols for decision making and reporting to the Executive Director and Board.
  • HRMS support.



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PPA Taxi and Limousine Division Provides Alert to Parents During Prom & Graduation Season


At this time of the year many families are busy preparing for Proms and Graduations. A key part of your preparations may be making transportation arrangements.  In that regard, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (Authority) wants to help safeguard your loved ones from illegal and unsafe limousine operators.

Limousine carriers operating between points within Philadelphia are regulated by the Authority’s Taxicab and Limousine Division (“TLD”). Trips between points in the City and points within the Commonwealth may also be regulated by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.   Do not trust your loved ones and their once in a lifetime moments to unregulated, under insured and unsafe carriers.  Properly licensed carriers use first-class vehicles that have undergone rigorous inspections.  These licensed companies use only certified drivers who have undergone a detailed vetting process.

Interested parents can check a carrier’s status by contacting the TLD’s Enforcement Department or by calling 215-683-9440.

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PPA Testifies on Effectiveness of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles for the Disabled

During a public hearing last week before the state Independent Regulatory Review Commission, Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) officials testified about the effectiveness of wheelchair accessible vehicle (“WAV”) services in Philadelphia, contending current regulations do not provide “sufficient oversight.”

PPA Executive Director Scott Petri said, “ As the governing entity tasked with regulating taxicab, limousine and transportation network services in Philadelphia, it is our contention that the current regulatory framework does not provide for sufficient oversight of taxicab and transportation network company (TNC) WAV service and requirements.”

PPA Taxicab and Limousine Division Director Christine Kirlin said, “We have not been provided the funding or necessary tools to adequately assure the public that responsible level of regulatory review exists in Philadelphia, including WAV service.”

With 7 inspectors employed to patrol 2,575 miles of streets, the PPA estimates approximately 136,000 taxicab and TNC trips are provided daily in Philadelphia.

“With regulatory appropriation reduced by half from $8.5 million to $4.2 million, our staff has been reduced by 45%. This steep reduction has rendered us unable to adequately perform all of our required statutory duties,” Kirlin explained further.

“Given the law prohibits the PPA from using its funds arbitrary, the reduction in adequate appropriations for our Taxicab and Limousine Division has created numerous obstacles for our enforcement staff,” Petri said.

The PPA is the sole regulator of all taxicab, limousine and TNCs in Philadelphia.  Act 164 of 2016 legally changed the landscape of the for-hire industry in Pennsylvania when it established and provided for the regulation of TNC services while also amending regulatory requirements to taxicab and limousine services in Philadelphia.

“As we move forward, the PPA remains committed to doing all we can to safeguard the riding public with very limited resources. We look forward to continued dialogue on the issue of regulation and the need for sufficient resources that will allow us to adequately carry out our mission,” said Petri.

The PPA’s full testimony to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission can be found here.






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Where to Park for the Philadelphia Flower Show

Need a reminder that spring is just around the corner? Then it’s time to gear up for one of Philly’s renowned annual events: the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Considered an annual blockbuster—and the world’s oldest and largest indoor floral event—the Philadelphia Flower Show will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center from March 2-10 2019.

With the theme of “Flower Power,” this year’s event aims to celebrate the impact flowers  have on society during the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Plus, if you’re a gardening enthusiast, you’ll be shown a variety of  concepts you can apply to your very own garden.

Before you bust out your green thumb, make sure you’ve conveniently parked your vehicle first. Check out our rates and closest locations to the Pennsylvania Convention Center below, and feel free to contact us on Twitter or Facebook with any questions!



The AutoPark at the Gallery Mall


  • Up to 1 hour: $6.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $10.00
  • Up to 3 hours: $14.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $22.00


  • Early Bird – enter by 10 a.m., exit by 6 p.m.: $13.00
  • Super Early Bird – enter by 8 a.m., exit by 8 p.m. (Monday through Friday): $12.00
  • Evening rate after 4 p.m.:
    • Maximum to 12 midnight: $9.00

Parkade on 8th:


  • Up to 1 hour: $10.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours: $14.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $17.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $19.00


  • Early Bird – enter by 10 a.m., exit by 7 p.m.: $14.00
  • Evening Rate – enter after 5 p.m., exit by 3 a.m. (Monday through Friday): $10.00

Family Courthouse Garage:


  • Up to 1 hour: $13.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours: $19.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $25.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $28.00


  • Early Bird – enter by 9 a.m., exit by 7:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday): $17.00
  • Evenings rate after 5 p.m. (exit by 6 a.m.): $10.00
  • Weekend rate (per day, exit by 6 a.m.): $11.00


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Where to Park for the Philadelphia Auto Show

Alright, folks. Get those engines revved up: One of Philly’s most beloved annual events, the
Philadelphia Auto Show, will once again be turning heads at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Here’s the scoop:
From February 2 – February 10, automobile enthusiasts are in for a treat, as more than 700 concept, classic and exotic cars park themselves on the 700,000 square-foot display floor of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. So if you’re in the market for a new car, you won’t want to miss this, especially since you’ll be getting a sneak peek at the newest models that’ll be popping up at your local car dealerships. In fact, you’ll be able to test drive some of the featured cars through ride and drives.

So if you’re in the market for a new set of wheels, or you just want to be flat out amazed by the many advancements in the auto industry, make sure you purchase your tickets here. Psst—make sure you take note of the discounts.

Now before you start gawking at the cars of the future, make sure you’re conveniently parking yours. Luckily we have three garages within close walking distance to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Check out the locations and rates below. And as always, reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook if you have any questions!   



The AutoPark at Gallery Mall


  • Up to 1 hour: $6.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $10.00
  • Up to 3 hours: $14.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $22.00


  • Early Bird – Enter by 10 a.m., exit by 6 p.m. – $13.00
  • Super Early Bird – Enter by 8 a.m., exit by 8 p.m. (Monday through Friday) – $12.00
  • Evening rate after 4 p.m.
    • Maximum to 12 Midnight – $10.00


Parkade on 8th:


  • Up to 1 hour: $10.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours: $14.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $17.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $19.00


  • Early Bird – Enter by 10 a.m., exit by 7 p.m. – $14.00
  • Evening Rate – Enter after 5 p.m., exit by 3 a.m. (Monday through Friday) – $9.00

Family Courthouse Garage:


  • Up to 1 hour: $13.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours: $19.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $25.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $28.00


  • Early Bird – Enter by 9 a.m., exit by 7:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday) – $17.00
  • Evenings rate after 5 p.m. (exit by 6 a.m.) – $10.00
  • Weekend rate (per day, exit by 6 a.m.) – $11.00


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