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#TBT: Another Trip to the Rittenhouse Square Garage

#TBT Rittenhouse SketchIf you saw last month’s #TBT, you took a stroll into the past and saw the opening ceremony for our old Rittenhouse Square Garage. This time around, we’re taking a glance at an artist’s sketch before it was built.

Before excavation began on February 10, 1953, this artist rendering gave a near perfect glimpse of what the Rittenhouse Square Garage would look like. Nowadays, the garage is still nestled at 18th and Walnut Streets right across from Philly’s treasured Rittenhouse Square Park. So the next time you’re at the Rittenhouse Farmers Market or taking your dog for a walk in the park, glance over to 18th and Walnut Streets.

There you have it. Another trip down the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s (PPA) memory lane. While you’re here check out the discounts we offer at our current garages!

And yet again, we’d like to thank Margery Sly, Director of the Special Collections Research Center at Temple University, for continuing to share pieces of PPA history with us.

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Parking Violations Branch FAQs

ppa-photoHave you ever had to make a trip to our Parking Violations Branch (PVB)? If so, it was probably because you had to pay for a parking ticket. Or maybe you needed to pay towing and impoundment fees. We know — it probably wasn’t the highlight of your day. But we want to make sure your trip to the PVB is quick so you can go about your day.

How can we make your PVB trip quick? By answering your questions before arriving. So check out our PVB FAQs we’ve gathered below. But if you’re not getting answers, let’s hear your concerns on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) and we’ll get you squared away.

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed


Question: I had my kiosk reciept on the dashboard; why did I receive a ticket?

Answer: If you received a violation and had your kiosk receipt in your vehicle, there are many reasons why you may have received a citation. Here are a few examples: it’s possible that the receipt flipped over when you closed your door, your time may have expired, or perhaps, due to inclement weather, the expired time was simply illegible.

Question: I received an inspection expired violation, but I have proof that my car was inspected. What should I do?

Answer: If you received an expired inspection violation, you must send in a copy of your Emissions Report (which can be obtained from your mechanic) using any of the options listed here.

Question: Is there a statute of limitations on parking tickets?

Answer: There are no statute of limitations for parking tickets.

Question: How many tickets can I receive before my car registration is suspended?

Answer: Vehicle must have six or more open parking tickets issued within the last three years.

Question: How do I find out how many tickets I have?

Answer: There are three ways to find out how many tickets you have:

  1. Call the Parking Violations Branch at 1-888-591-3636. This is an automated system so be sure to use the following prompts to reach a representative: 1, 4, 5 and 1 again.
  2. Reach out to us via X (formerly Twitter) or Facebook.
  3. Send your inquiry to the City of Philadelphia, P.O Box 41818, Philadelphia, PA 19101.

Ticket Payment and Contesting Options:

Question: What forms of payment do you take?

Answer: We accept the following forms of payment:

  1. By mail: Parking Violations Branch, P.O. Box 41818 Philadelphia, PA 19101-1818. Check or money order should be made out to “City of Philadelphia” and include the ticket number being paid. Do not send your check to the Philadelphia Parking Authority. For your peace of mind, please do not mail cash.
  2. In person: Parking Violations Branch, 913 Filbert Street Philadelphia, PA 19107. Weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  3. By phone: Call (888) 591-3636 to pay by Visa, Mastercard or Check. After the voice response system introduction, press “1″ and have your credit card or bank account information ready. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please note there is a $3.50 processing fee for over the phone payments.
  4. Online: Payments may be submitted online here. Please note there is a $3.50 processing fee for online payments.

Question: How do I get on a payment plan?

Answer: You may qualify for a payment plan if you are unable to pay in full. Call 888-591-3636 for more information. In general, the amount owed must be over $125, you must make a down payment of 25% and you must provide an eligible credit card, debit card or checking account from which automated monthly payments can be electronically withdrawn. The minimum monthly payment is $20 and the maximum term is 12 months.

Question: Where can I pay a Red Light Ticket?

Answer: If the Red Light Violation is not past-due, you have four ways to make a payment.

  1. By mail: To the address that is on both Notices’ of Violation.
  2. In person: At 45 N. 8th Street
  3. Over the phone: 1-844-248-0449.
  4. Online: Red Light Violations under 30 days old can be paid here. Please Note: To make online or over the phone payments, you will need your Notice Number and your PIN.

If the violation has gone past-due, you have four ways to make payment.

  1. By mail: To Parking Violations Branch, P.O. Box 41819, Philadelphia, Pa 19101
  2. In Person: At 913 Filbert Street
  3. Over the phone: 1-888-591-3636.
  4. Online: Red Light Violations over 30 days old can be paid here.

Question: I want to contest a ticket, but am unable to in person. What are my options?

Answer: If you are unable to attend an in-person hearing, you have multiple options for contesting a ticket. Click here for more details.

Booting and Towing Questions:

Question: How many tickets do I need to get on the boot list?

Answer: If you accumulate three or more unpaid parking tickets, your vehicle is eligible to have one of our yellow metal boots attached to it.

Question: Why was my car towed right after being booted without giving me a chance to pay?

Answer: If your vehicle was towed right after being booted, it could have been due to obstruction of rush hour traffic or because it was simply parked in a tow-away zone. For more information pertaining to booting and towing, please visit the Laws & Enforcement section of our website.

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Ticket to Drive: What Every Driver in Philadelphia Needs to Know About Parking Violations

Violation PicWhen you have coffee with friends, you normally chat about the weather, weekend plans or hobbies. Parking tickets? Not so much. We know ticketing isn’t everyone’s favorite topic, but there are some things that Philadelphia drivers need to know about parking violations. To get the parking ticket chat started, we’ve put together a list of things drivers need to know about tickets.

Parking Enforcement Officers only patrol during certain times of the day.

Believe it or not, our officers do not patrol 24/7.  You’ll catch the PEOs on their beat during the following hours:

  • 6:30AM to 11:00 PM Monday – Thursday
  • 6:00 AM to 3:00 AM Friday – Saturday
  • 7:30 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday

Please Note: The Philadelphia Police Department also enforces parking violations. They patrol 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additionally, illegally parked vehicles are still subject to ticketing outside of the above-listed hours.

We are one of multiple entities that issue parking tickets.

Yes, you read that right; we’re not the only organization issuing parking tickets! Check out the list below for other ticket issuing agencies:

  • Philadelphia Police Department
  • Septa Police
  • University of Pennsylvania Police
  • Temple University Police
  • Center City District Police
  • Postal Police
  • Philadelphia Housing Authority
  • Fairmount Park Police

You have the right to contest any ticket.

If you want to contest a ticket, there are a number of ways to do it. Read about contesting a violation here.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about a ticket or violation, you can contact us on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter).

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RFP # 15-01 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations 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 procure and install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at the Philadelphia International Airport . The sole contact at the Authority shall be Mary Wheeler, Manager of Contract Administration, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at

RFP No. 15-01 Notice to Proposers

RFP No. 15-01 EV Charging Stations at PHL


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#TBT: Rittenhouse Square Parking Garage

TBT Rittenhouse Square GarageBy now we’re sure you’ve noticed we like taking a glance into the past. It’s always enlightening to briefly glimpse backward to realize the how times changed.

As we sifted through vintage pictures of the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s (PPA) history for this month’s #TBT, we came across this one. And no — that’s not Uncle Fester with the blowtorch; it’s former PPA Chairman, Francis J. Chesterman.

In December 1953, the PPA opened its doors to the Rittenhouse Square Garage at 1845 Walnut Street. Flanked by Managing Director, Howard T. Scott (left) and Mayor Joseph S. Clark, Jr. (right),  Chesterman  officially opened the garage for public use. The garage took less than a year to complete and it’s still standing strong to this day. In fact, now it’s a privately-owned valet parking garage for apartments in Rittenhouse Square.

So there you have it — another peak into the PPA’s history. In the future, check out what our current garages have to offer. Many of them offer parking discounts and are convenient for when you need to park in Center City, Old City and other popular areas of the city.

Yet again, we’d like to thank Margery Sly, Director of the Special Collections Research Center at Temple University, for allowing us to share another gem of the PPA’s history.

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PEO Spotlight: Peter Free

Peter FreeWe all have a story. It’s what makes us unique and different from one another. The bus driver who gets you to work — he has a story. The street vendors who make your breakfast sandwiches? They have a story. Our Parking Enforcement Officers (PEOs)? Yep — they all have a story too.

Here’s a brief story of Peter Free, a Northeast Philly native who became a PEO less than a year ago.

Before becoming a PEO, Free graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2014 as a music major.

“I play the trombone and double bass very well,” he says in a more than confident tone.

In fact, when he’s not walking his beats, Free is a private music teacher. But what instruments does he teach?

“I teach all of them and I play in three different orchestras when they need me and if I’m available.”

Aside from being a musical prodigy, Free primarily walks his beats around City Hall. And just like any PEO, he has to issue tickets — something he’d rather not do.

“There’s a stigma that PEOs are out to get you,” says Free. “But we’re not out there just to give tickets. We’re out there to educate, inform and if we need to, write a ticket.”

Just like all PEOs, Free is approachable while walking his beats.

If you’re parking in the city and have a question, come on up and ask us. We don’t mind explaining what the signs mean and where you can or cannot park.”

When Free isn’t walking his beats or teaching the next Mozart, he prefers to just take it easy, just like the rest of us.

“My favorite TV show is the Simpsons, so I try to watch them or a movie  whenever I can. I’ve also started playing League of Legends,” Free says. “In the long-run, it’s always nice just to relax and prepare for the day ahead.”

And prepare he must. The winter weather is upon us and Free along with all PEOs will be walking beats in freezing temperatures, which is why he’ll probably be looking forward to his lunch breaks to get a bit warmed up.

“Depending on the beat I’m walking, I’ll either to go Underdogs, Joe’s Pizza or Subway with other PEOs.”  

So if you’re dining at Joe’s Pizza or Underdogs, don’t be surprised if you bump into Free and his fellow PEOs. In fact, it’d be a good time to ask them questions because remember: PEOs don’t just issue tickets, they also inform the public.

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#TBT : AutoPark at the Gallery

#TBT AutoPark at the Gallery MallIf you’ve ever visited Chinatown or have gone shopping at The Gallery, you’ve more than likely gotten a glimpse of our  AutoPark at the Gallery Mall, which is the subject of this month’s #TBT!

Located at 44 North 9th Street, the AutoPark at the Gallery Mall houses 850 parking spaces and is only blocks away from Philly’s renowned Reading Terminal Market. Between Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown, you’re parking in a main hub for amazing Philly delicacies.

So after you’re done stuffing your faces, you can take the five minute stroll to the Convention Center or get shopping done at The Gallery. Either way — your car will be safe, sound and awaiting your return.

Let’s take a look into the past. The picture above is an artist’s sketch of the AutoPark at Gallery Mall from 1960. The garage itself was designed by architectural firm, Henry D. Dagit P. C. They clearly did a great job because it’s standing strong and will be for years to come!

Once again, Margery Sly, Director of the Special Collections Research Center at Temple University, is allowing us to share this gem of a picture.



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Signs Explained: Reserved Parking for Disabled Persons

SignsSigns: they’re everywhere, both figuratively and literally. Sometimes if you don’t read those signs, consequences will ensue. When it comes to parking, reading and understanding a sign is the difference between getting a parking ticket and remaining ticketless.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) would rather prevent parking tickets instead of issuing them. But when our Parking Enforcement Officers (PEOs) are walking their beats and come across an illegally parked vehicle, it’s their job to issue a ticket.

Since knowledge always leads to understanding, we’re continuing our “Signs Explained” blog series. Before getting a run-down on the sign pictured to the left, check out this video tutorial from our friends at VisitPhilly and check out our violations page on our new website!

Here’s the breakdown of the sign pictured:

At the top of the sign, the red arrow pointing to the left is a No Stopping Any Time regulation. If a vehicle parks, sits or even stages in a No Stopping Zone, the vehicle could be cited immediately. This means if you stop for just a second to unload groceries or even pick someone up, you could be immediately ticketed.

The green arrow, pointing to the right with its designated times and disabled person symbol, indicates the space is a reserved parking space only for those with a disabled person license plate or disabled person placard . The times indicates the longest amount of time a vehicle can pay and park there. In this case, a vehicle can park for one hour between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and three hours from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Remember though — this spot is reserved for those with physical disabilities. If you park here and don’t have a disability placard or plate, you’ll receive a $301 fine.

So there’s another run-down on one of our signs. If you come across one that’s hard to understand, send us the picture on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll get you squared away.

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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 

RFP No. 14-16 Notice to Proposers

RFP No. 14-16 Barrier Gates at Airport

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