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PPA to Expand Installation of NEW “Pay-By-Plate” Parking Kiosks – with citywide completion set for end of summer.

(PHILADELPHIA) — Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) Executive Director, Scott Petri, announced today that installation of the PPA’s new solar-powered “Pay-By-Plate” parking kiosks will now be expanded citywide, beyond the initial Center City pilot area — eventually replacing all existing kiosks and stand alone coin-operated parking meters throughout the city.

According to Petri, “New pay-by-plate kiosk customers will be required to enter their license plate number along with the parking zone number and then select a preferred payment option, either coin, credit or debit card. PPA enforcement officers will verify customer payment by electronically scanning each license plate to verify payment.”

Petri stressed that “Customers must correctly enter their license plate number and will no longer be required to print a receipt from the kiosk that they were previously required to place on their vehicle’s dashboard — but they can still choose to print a receipt, or receive one via text message,” he said.

“The installation of all new pay-by-plate kiosks should be complete by the end of summer. This means you will have to know your license plate number. I can’t emphasize that enough,” he said. “The key to our new kiosks is remembering your license plate number.  Your license plate number is the basis for our new on-street parking operation.”

During the transition period when new “Pay-By-Plate” kiosks are being installed to replace the existing kiosks, customers are reminded that until all kiosks are installed city-wide, both types of kiosks and stand-alone coin meters will be in operation in different parts of the city.

Below is a short video demonstrating how the new solar-powered “Pay-By-Plate” kiosks work:


Additional Resources:

Pay-By-Plate Parking Kiosks: What You Need to Know


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Where to Park for the Philadelphia Auto Show

 

From February 8 – February 17, car enthusiasts young and old can gawk and marvel at the automotive industry’s latest creations at The Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Philadelphia Auto Show will feature hundreds of concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars on a 700,000 square-foot display room. Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Ashton Martins, you name it, it’ll be there. But if you’re on a tight budget, guests can also get up-close and personal with the newest vehicle models being sold at dealerships in the surrounding region. 

Aside from gawking at the automotive industry’s latest creations, events of all sorts are scheduled for the huge nine-day show including chances to enjoy live musical performances, celebrity meet-and-greets, and much more. To get a better idea of what’s in store for you, check out the full list of events here

Speaking of cars, let’s talk about getting yours parked. If you plan on driving to the Auto Show and need parking nearby, we have you covered — and then some. 

Luckily for you, we operate three premier rated facilities within close walking distance of The Philadelphia Convention Center. Check out the list of locations and rates below — and as always, reach out on Facebook or Twitter if you have any questions.

 

The AutoPark at The Fashion District

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour: $7.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $11.00
  • Up to 3 hours: $15.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $22.00

Specials:

  • 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 – $11.00
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Parkade on 8th: 

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour: $11.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours: $14.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $18.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $20.00

Specials:

  • 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:

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour: $14.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours: $20.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $26.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $27.00

Specials:

  • 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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PPA Begins Installation of Speed Cameras at First of 8 Locations on Roosevelt Boulevard

 

(PHILADELPHIA) – PPA Executive Director Scott Petri joined Mayor Jim Kenney today at a press conference to announce the installation of automated speed enforcement cameras at the first of eight locations along Roosevelt Boulevard.

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.

Commenting on the new speed enforcement cameras, PPA Executive Director Scott Petri said, “The Boulevard already has nine intersections that are monitored by red light cameras. As a result, red light running has been dramatically decreased on the Boulevard at red light camera intersections 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 the installation of 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.”

A longtime advocate for both red light and speed enforcement cameras, former Philadelphia state Representative John Taylor said, “Our goal with automated enforcement technologies on the Boulevard has always been to save lives. The installation of speed cameras is another step aimed at reducing hazards and saving lives on this dangerous stretch of highway.”

Once the speed cameras are fully operational, there will be an initial 60-day warning period before fines are issued. Following the warning period, any vehicle observed traveling in excess of 11 miles per hour over the speed limit will be subject to a fine up to

$150 — depending on the speed at which the vehicle clocked, and will be mailed 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. 

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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A Meal with a Parking Deal: Restaurant Week Parking Validations

 

Philly has some of the best food in the nation. Think about it: Where else are you going to get a better cheesesteak or soft pretzel than our nation’s birthplace? And with hundreds of delicious places to eat covering nearly every cuisine imaginable, it can be a tough decision to make.

Here’s the Good News

From January 12-24, restaurants across Center City come together to show off industry-defining meals at a discounted cost during Restaurant Week. Restaurants will offer three-course dinners for only $35 (or $20 during lunch hours) per person. So make your reservations here before it’s too late.

A Meal With a Parking Deal:

Let’s be honest—how are you going to beat high-quality cuisine when it’s at a fixed rate like that? With discounted parking options, of course.

To accommodate Restaurant Week, our Center City garages will offer discounted parking to all patrons dining at participating restaurants. Check out the rates below and be sure to pick up a parking discount voucher before leaving the restaurant.

Autopark at Olde City:

  • Validation rate: Enter after 4:45 p.m., $9.00

Autopark at Independence Mall:

  • Validation rate: Enter after 4:45 p.m., $9.00

Autopark at Jefferson:

  • Validation rate: Enter after 4:45 p.m., $7.00

Autopark at Gallery Mall:

  • Validation rate: Enter after 4:45 p.m., $7.00

Parkade on 8th:

  • Validation rate: Enter after 4:45 p.m., $7.00

Family Courthouse Garage:

  • Validation rate: Enter after 4:45 p.m., $7.00

If you have any questions, you can always count on the parking gurus on Twitter or Facebook and we will get you squared away.

CREDIT: J. VARNEY FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA

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PPA Holiday Parking Specials

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‘Tis the season to be jolly—and to take advantage of the parking specials we offer during the holiday season.

After you’re done scarfing down your Thanksgiving feast, it’s time to shift your focus to, you guessed it, holiday shopping.

Sure, you could take the easy route and shop for the it gift of the year on Amazon. But let’s be honest: There’s nothing like good ol’ fashioned window shopping, especially in a city as vibrant as Philly.

Here’s the scoop: As you scramble to get all of your holiday shopping done, we want parking to be the least of your worries. That’s why, every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, we offer holiday shoppers some hard-to-beat parking options. Take a look below and while you’re at it, check out Visit Philly’s 20 Must See Holiday Attractions.

For a flat-rate of only $8 on Saturdays, you can park at the following PPA garages between 11 a.m. and 12 midnight.  

Note: To receive the $8 flat-rate, please visit the garage management office for your discount validation ticket. 

And now the big one: On Saturdays after 11 a.m., metered/kiosk parking will be free city-wide up until January 1, 2020.

Keep in mind: Residential parking time limits will still be enforced and all other parking regulations will remain in effect.

If you have any questions or need any guidance during the holiday season, reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook. Happy holidays!

 

Photo Credit: Joscelyn Paine via Flickr

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