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Temporarily Prohibit Parking While Moving

truckCabMoving is an exciting experience, but at the same time, it can be dreadful. Sure, it’s thrilling to move into a new environment, but lugging heavy furniture for hours on end isn’t one of life’s highlights. Combine that with the inevitable banging into walls, denting of furniture and of course, figuring out how the heck you’re going to arrange your furniture. But one thing that’s often overlooked while moving is — you guessed it — parking.

Nothing could put a bigger dent in your move than a lack of convenient parking, preferably in front of your new home. You could go on a wild-goose chase for a parking spot blocks away. Or you can temporarily prohibit parking in front of your home, making your move as seamless as possible.

So if you’re planning a move and need convenient parking, contact the Streets Department’s Right of Way Unit at least three business days (72 hours) before your move. Keep in mind: requests made less than three business days before moving will not be processed. There’s also a permit fee of $25 per 40 feet of space (40 feet equals two parking spaces). Requests for moving trucks can be submitted here.

Now you have one less thing to worry about during your move. If you have any questions, get in touch with us through Twitter or Facebook — we’ll move you in the right direction.

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RFP # 14-16 Barrier Gates at Philadelphia International Airport

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written proposals from qualified vendors to furnish Barrier Gates at the Philadelphia International Airport . The sole contact at the Authority shall be Mary Wheeler, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at contracts@philapark.org 

RFP No. 14-16 Notice to Proposers

RFP No. 14-16 Barrier Gates at Airport

RFP # 14-15 Managed Print Services

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written proposals from qualified vendors to provide Managed Print Services. The sole contact at the Authority shall be Mary Wheeler, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at contracts@philapark.org 

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#TBT Olde City AutoPark

#TBT Old City AutoParkWhen you think Old City, a lot of things come to mind. If you’re a tourist, you might think of all the historic sites such as Independence Hall or the Liberty Bell. If you’re an art fan, you might flock to Old City for First Friday, a monthly event which showcases one-of-a-kind art from local artists.

In other words — Old City has something for everyone. Its lively and vibrant culture adds to its reputation of being America’s most historic square mile.

But here lies the question, “Where should I park in Old City?” Well, our aptly named Old City AutoPark offers convenient parking for all tourists, commuters and art fans. Located at 2nd and Sansom Streets, you’re only a few blocks away from taking in Old City’s history and robust art scene.

Speaking of art: for this month’s #TBT, we found this artist’s 1977 sketch of our Old City AutoPark. Though construction was complete in the 1980’s, this sketch offered a near perfect glimpse of what to expect.

Once again, we’d like to thank Margery Sly, Director of the Special Collections Research Center at Temple University, for allowing us to share this piece of PPA history.

 

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RFP # 14-14 Immobilization Equipment

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written proposals from qualified vendors to provide Vehicle Immobilization Equipment (Boots). The sole contact at the Authority shall be Michael McKeown, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at contracts@philapark.org 

For more information, please see below:

 

14-14 Notice to Proposers

 

RFP 14-14 Immobilization Equipment

RFP # 14-13 Traffic Engineering Shuttle Bus Service Study Economy Parking Lot Philadelphia International Airport

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written proposals from qualified engineering firms to perform professional services for a study of the shuttle bus service to the Economy Lot. The sole contact at the Authority shall be Michael McKeown, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at contracts@philapark.org 

For more information, please see below:

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RFP # 14-11 Civil Engineering Repairs to the Storm Water Drainage System Economy Parking Lot Philadelphia International Airport

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written proposals from qualified vendors in order to repair  the Storm Water Drainage System in the Economy Parking Lot at the Philadelphia International Airport. The sole contact at the Authority shall be Michael McKeown, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at contracts@philapark.org 

For more information, please see below:

14-11 Notice to Proposers

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RFP 14-10.2 Replace Two Elevators (Reissue)

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written proposals from qualified vendors in order to procure Mechanical and Engineering Services to Replace Two Elevators at our Olde City AutoPark Garage. The sole contact at the Authority shall be Michael McKeown, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at contracts@philapark.org 

For more information, please see below:

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RFP #14-10.2 Notice to Proposers (REISSUE)

The More You Know: Parking Signs Explained

SignsExplained Featured PicOn each block of Philly you’ll find something new. There’s restaurants, cafes, clothing stores, maybe even a street performer playing music that can be heard for blocks or serenading  passersby. It’s not just the culture and opportunities that change with each block; the parking rules do, too.

As you’re taking a stroll, and if you park in the city regularly, you’ll notice the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) signs posted on each street. These signs outline the parking regulations for each particular block.

Since some of the signs may be difficult to understand, we’ll be doing a breakdown on signs to help you easily avoid tickets. But before you read the ins and outs of the sign pictured to the left, take a look at this video tutorial courtesy of our friends at VisitPhilly! And remember — read the signs before parking!

On the left side of the sign, you clearly see the words “No Stopping Anytime,” with an arrow pointing to the left. Sounds pretty self-explanatory, right? If you were to park your vehicle to the left of this sign at anytime, a ticket will be issued. So, avoid parking to the left of this sign.

To the right in red letters is “No Parking Truck Loading Only.” This regulation is in effect Mondays through Fridays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one hour time limit. So what does this mean? It means that only delivery trucks can park in this zone for one hour from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.. If a regular vehicle (pickup truck, sedan, motorcycle, etc.) parked in this zone, it would receive a ticket. When a delivery truck is parked there, it’s timed for one hour by a Parking Enforcement Officer (PEO). If the delivery truck remains parked for over an hour, it will receive a ticket.

Last but not least is three hour parking in green letters. From Monday through Friday No Parking Truck Loading Only” regulations end at 4 p.m. This means regular vehicles can park in this zone for up to three hours between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. But if you fast forward to Saturday and Sunday, regular vehicles can park for up to three hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

One last thing though—when you’re done reading the sign, remember to pay at the nearest kiosk.

There you have it for this sign. Be sure to keep an eye on our blog because we’ll be giving the run-down on different signs regularly. In the meantime, if you see a confusing sign and need any clarification, Tweet us a picture or share it with us on Facebook!

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Doing Business with the PPA

PPA_Logo_FINAL_RThe Contract Administration Department is the central purchasing contact for the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) for purchases over $25,000. Our goal is to acquire services, supplies and materials at the best value price that meets our needs while ensuring a fair and open process. We strive to accomplish this by using sound procurement practices involved in a competitive proposal system.

This post is meant to provide interested vendors with a basic guide on how we do business. All qualified vendors are encouraged to participate in our Request for Proposal (RFP) opportunities, and we want to make sure everyone understands the process. We’re committed to including women, minorities and small businesses in contracting opportunities fairly. Check out this example of a recent RFP to get an idea of what one looks like.

It’s the PPA’s policy to pursue the best competitive price. This means we’re looking at the delivery, quality and other factors of the product or service. Sometimes a vendor can spend a lot of time and money in presenting a product to the PPA, but that’s not a factor that will be considered when the final purchase decision is made. We appreciate all vendors’ efforts with RFPs, and ultimately we have to go with the best choice for the product or service.

The Contract Administration uses two basic methods to purchase materials, supplies and some services. Check out the information below about these two methods:

Method #1: Request for Information (RFI) is a formal process for gathering information from potential vendors of a good or service. RFIs are often used for major IT purchases.

The RFI also identifies the requirements or expectations of the organization and requests specific answers for how the vendor will meet them. Recipients are asked to submit their responses in a standard format to make comparisons easier.

An RFI usually comes before an RFP. An RFP is used when the importance of technical considerations dictates the contract award be based upon cost and other factors. The other factors are expressed in the RFP as Evaluation Criteria. Unlike the RFI, which contains a broad description or design specification, the requirements in an RFP are generally expressed in detailed terms. Vendors are asked to propose their own technical solution to achieve the required results. The contract award is made based upon the PPA’s “best value” determination.  The “best value” doesn’t necessarily mean the lowest price.

Method #2: Vendor Registration, which means your business is listed on the Contract Administration’s ongoing list of of all interested vendors. You may register by completing and submitting the Vendor Registration Form. Once we receive the completed form, your firm’s name will be placed on the vendor list. Keep in mind that due to the number of businesses Contract Administration deals with, submitting a completed questionnaire does not guarantee a vendor will be notified every time a quotation or bid is solicited for that particular commodity.

There’s one rule though: Failure to respond to three (3) requests for quotes or bids may result in removal from the vendor list. Return all requests and mark them “No Bid” in order to remain on the list. The Vendor Registration is NOT for consultants or construction contractors.

If you have any questions about RFPs, RFIs or vendor registration, feel free to email mmckeown@philapark.org

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