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#TBT: Another Visit to the Park and Lock Garage

MediaStreamThe Philadelphia Parking Authority is taking another trip down memory lane! For this week’s #TBT, we scrounged up another picture from the grand opening of our Park and Lock Garage, courtesy of the Philadelphia Department of Public Records.

In 1961, the PPA opened the Edison Park and Lock Garage. It was a thrilling event attended by many notable Philadelphians such as Councilman Paul D’Ortona, Parking Director, Mr. Thomas Coyle, and Miss Philadelphia, Loretta Ann Risse. It’s been 53 years and you can tell how times have changed. Take a glance at the parking rates and compare them to our current parking rates! Seventy-five cents for two hour parking sounds cheap, doesn’t it?  But, keep in mind, that could have bought two gallons of gas or two dozen eggs in 1961!  

So maybe parking rates have changed since 1961, but we still strive to provide affordable and convenient parking throughout the city. Our dedication will continue as we explore new and innovative ways of improving traffic flow throughout Philadelphia.

If you have any questions regarding our parking facilities, reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook. We’d be glad to help!

For more information on our parking facilities, click here.


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Mr. Positive: PEO Scott Rutizer

PEO Profile- Scott 4It’s been four years since Scott Rutizer has come down with a case of the Mondays. It’s also been four years since he joined the PPA as a Parking Enforcement Officer (PEO). Coincidence? We think not.

Rutizer spends his workday out on Philly’s streets contributing a lot more to our city than just parking tickets on windshields. From helping citizens understand parking signs to showing tourists the way to their next destination, Rutizer puts a positive face on the infamous Philadelphian passion.

Rutizer is a tall man with a thin frame and neatly cropped hair. His most notable feature though, is the smile he wears 24/7, rain or shine. His voice is soft and low, but the passion he has for his city and his job exudes in everything he says. It’s even landed him Employee of the Month on multiple occasions.

Before he found the PPA, he volunteered in his community, helped senior citizens and also worked as a valet. While he enjoyed his time valeting, it didn’t allow him the face-to-face experience with people that he craved.

“I just love dealing with people,” Rutizer stresses, “I love that [human] interaction!”

In fact, he loves being around people so much that he rarely takes a day off and constantly picks up extra shifts. He’s simply happiest when patrolling.

Every PEO has their favorite places to patrol. Rutizer is happy wherever he’s assigned, but he does say, “My 100 percent [favorite places to patrol] are Chinatown and Old City.” He loves the interactions he has with different cultures in both locations.

Both of these places are tourist destinations, making Rutizer’s role as a representative of our city all the more important. In fact, he finds that many of the questions people have in these two areas don’t even pertain to parking. Most of the time, he serves as an unofficial tour guide, giving directions and pointing out destinations.

Rutizer also loves helping people understand the signs. Not fully reading the signs is the most common parking violation he sees, and even though confused drivers can tweet or Facebook message the PPA with a question, Rutizer is on-the-ground and ready to help.

“When they made up these signs, it was hard to fit every little detail where people can see [it],” Rutizer laments, adding, “I had a woman this morning who only saw the middle of the sign where it said ‘1 hour parking,’ but she didn’t see the top where it said ‘truck loading only.’”

After hearing him speak so positively about his experiences, you’d never guess that working as a PEO didn’t always come easily to Rutizer. A sensitive person, he found that being a PEO took a bit of adjustment.

However he does admit, “People are gonna scream at you, but I just take it with a grain of salt.” Usually apologizing and explaining that it’s part of his duty goes a long way to appease angry people.

At first he took to heart all the backlash and criticism from those he ticketed. He quickly found that it’s all in your mindset and attitude. Treating everyone with respect and keeping a positive, upbeat outlook no matter the situation really makes all the difference.

He explains that a positive patrolling experience begins with first impressions.

“People see that first impression of a PEO…You want to be nice to people so they respect you out there,” adding, “It’s helped me out every day that I’ve worked this job.”

Rutizer operates under a “get what you give” mentality when on duty, saying, “There’s always going to be someone who doesn’t like you because you’re issuing them a ticket…but you just have to do your best and go that extra effort.”

He truly believes that at the end of the day, “If you don’t love this job, you’re not going to be able to go out there and interact nicely with people.” For him, the eight-hour workday goes by in no time at all.

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Please be advised that the PPA has changed the meeting time for the August Regular Board Meeting.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Authority’s headquarters, 701 Market Street, Suite 5400, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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Please be advised that the PPA has changed the meeting time for the July Regular Board Meeting.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Authority’s headquarters, 701 Market Street, Suite 5400, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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Request for Proposals for On-Call Architectural and Related Professional Services

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is seeking proposals from professional architectural firms for services that include but are not limited to consulting and design, including construction phase services, for miscellaneous projects at various PPA facilities on an on-call basis.

Please see the below attachments for more information.

RFP for On Call Architectural Services – 7 25 2014


How to Get Your Car Back in Three Steps

If you’ve ever had your car towed, you’re probably familiar with that awful, gut-dropping feeling. You went to get in your car, right where you left it and it’s not there. You think, “Did someone steal my car?” and then you might think, “Why would someone steal my car?” before moving on to the panic of “WHERE is my car?!”

Your vehicle is one of the most important assets in your life. It gets you to work, the ballgame, and if you’re lucky, to the beach in summertime. So it makes sense that when your vehicle gets towed and impounded, your way of life comes to a standstill and your focus shifts to getting it back. Though it may seem senseless, towing vehicles is necessary to improve traffic flow and eliminate hazardous conditions for everyone’s safety.

If your vehicle has been towed and impounded, here’s what to do to get it back in three steps:

1. Call 1-888-591-3636 to confirm your vehicle has been towed. We will be able to tell you where your vehicle was taken. You may also find the location of your towed vehicle by clicking below.

2. After confirming where your vehicle is located you must pay all outstanding tickets as well as tow and storage fees, plus all outstanding tickets and fees on any previously owned vehicles.

Payment options for impounded vehicles include:

  1. Online
  2. Via Phone at 1-888-591-3636
  3.  OR In-person, by appointment only, at 913 Filbert Street. To schedule an appointment text the words Parking Violations Branch to 267-214-5273

3. After making all outstanding payments, go to the impoundment lot where your vehicle is located. You can find a full list of our Impound Lots here. Upon arriving, you must present the following documents to our Impoundment Lot staff:

  • Your valid driver’s license

  • Proof of current insurance for the vehicle

  • Current vehicle registration

  • Cashier’s receipt(s) along with the accompanying BAA/PVB Release Authorization for payment and/or adjudication of the tow and storage charges

  • Release authorization from the Philadelphia Traffic Court (only applies to vehicles impounded through Live Stop). If your vehicle was Live Stopped and you do not have a Release from the Traffic Division, please email at which time you will be given instructions on how to pay for the $75 Release Fee.

Now you know how to get your vehicle back! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us via Twitter or Facebook and we’d be more than happy to assist you!

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Notice to All Interested Parties – TLD Approval of Taxicab Technology Vendors & Apps

Please be advised that the following two vendors have been approved to provide e taxi meter system hardware, software and associated services to certified Taxicabs and Dispatchers in Philadelphia:

Creative Mobile Technologies, LLC
42-50 24th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

Verifone Inc.
37-03 21st St.
Long Island City, NY 11101

The following smartphone app has been approved to provide e-pay services in all taxicabs installed with Verifone, Inc. meter systems:


The following smartphone app has been approved to provide e-hail services in all taxicabs affiliated with PPA-TLD certified dispatchers, All City Cab and Checker Cab:



All of the above vendors and smartphone apps are in compliance with the PPA-TLD’s Service Provider Requirements (SPR) v3.62 for taxicab technology providers and shall maintain compliance with successive versions of the SPR.

Taxicab owners and dispatchers are advised to inform all affiliated drivers and support staff of these TLD compliant methods for fare payment and “ride hailing” now available to Philadelphia’s traveling public.

James R. Ney, Director
Taxicab & Limousine Division
Philadelphia Parking Authority
2415 S. Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
T 215-683-9417
F 215-683-9437

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