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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 

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

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#TBT AutoPark at Jefferson

#TBT Jefferson AutoParkIt’s #TBT and the year is 1954. Elvis is flooding the airwaves, the forces of communism and capitalism are continuously butting heads, and greasers are jetting around in their new flip top convertibles. With Hound Dog blasting in the background, the new and hip flip tops were able to park in the AutoPark at Jefferson.

Built in May 1954, the AutoPark at Jefferson has stood strong and continues to provide convenient parking to Jefferson Hospital, the Gallery Mall, and of course, the many shops in the surrounding area. Located at 10th and Ludlow streets, it’s the perfect jumping off point to take in the many attractions of Philly.

Obviously times have changed in the past few decades. Instead of hearing Hound Dog we’re hearing Snoop Dogg and greasers have taken the form of hipsters. One can only guess what changes will come 60 years from now. Maybe a flying car AutoPark? We shall see.

The picture featured here shows the AutoPark circa 1954. The cars and clothes have changed quite a bit since then, but the structure looks about the same!

We’d like to give a shout-out to Margery Sly, Director of Special Collections Research Center at Temple University, for allowing us to use this gem of a picture.

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RFP 14-06 for Independence Mall Structural Repairs

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 Structural Engineering Services for our Independence Mall Underground Garage. The sole contact at the Authority shall be Michael McKeown, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at

For more information, please see below:

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