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Confusing Signs from Twitter

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The Philadelphia Parking Authority provides residents, businesses and visitors to Philadelphia with parking management services. To keep up with the busy city, we post signs throughout the city and keep our website up-to-date with the latest information so that drivers can safely and conveniently park their vehicles.

At a glance, some parking and street signs can be confusing. We’re always happy to offer clarification, and welcome questions through Facebook or Twitter.

We receive many questions through Twitter, and some of them need more than 140 characters for an answer. For those questions, we’d like to respond here on our blog.

The first Twitter question  we’ll answer is from Matt Repino (@mattrepino). Matt sent in a picture of a parking sign with the word “huh?” as his only question.

To explain this sign: the green part refers to the area to the left of the sign, where drivers can park for two hours from 8 AM-4 PM.  Then, from 4 PM to 10 PM, drivers can park for up to three hours. Between 8 AM and 10 PM, drivers must pay at the kiosks and place their receipt on the front dashboard of their car.

During any hours outside the ones listed — so from 10 PM to 8 AM –parking is free.

The other side, in red, states that the area to the right of the sign is a loading zone ONLY. This means that drivers can park there for a maximum of 30 minutes and only to load or unload a vehicle.. This loading zone is enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drivers do not have to pay the kiosk when they are in this loading zone.

Hope this clears your confusion, Matt!

Do you have a question for us? Tweet us at @PhilaParking and we could feature you in our next blog.

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