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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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