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The Papal Visit & What the PPA is Doing

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Pope FrancisPhiladelphia has been bestowed a great honor: hosting his Holiness, Pope Francis, during the World Meeting of Families Pilgrimage. Out of hundreds of countries and thousands of cities, we’ve been chosen to not only host this joyous and memorable event, but also to showcase the vibrant culture of the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.

Before all the festivities begin, we want to make sure everyone attending is well informed and prepared — and the World Meeting of Families Papal Visit Playbook is a great resource to do that. If you haven’t already, we highly encourage visitors and residents to glance over the playbook  and security perimeters in preparation for the Papal Visit.

Now that you’ve read through the playbook, here’s what you can expect from us:

Parking Enforcement:
Normal enforcement of parking violations will continue up until 10:00 p.m. on Friday, September 25. However, starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, September 25, our Parking Enforcement Officers (PEOs) will only be enforcing safety violations such as parking too close to the corner, double parking, parking too close to a crosswalk or fire hydrant, etc.

Time limits at meters and kiosks will not be enforced. Normal enforcement will resume on Monday, September 28.


Vehicles parked within the designated Security Perimeter and Secured Vehicle Zone will be towed beginning on Sunday, September 20. Vehicles displaying a pre-purchased parking placard will have until 10:00 p.m. Thursday, September 24 to remove their vehicles and park in their designated garage. The Security Perimeter and Secured Vehicle Zone around the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will go into effect Thursday, September 24 at 10:00 p.m.  Vehicles which are not removed will be towed and subject to a $76 fine, a $175 tow and storage fee(s).

Note: If your vehicle has been towed, please call 215-686-SNOW or 1-888-591-3636 and press 2 after hearing the language options. A map highlighting towing area schedules can be found here.


Parking Restrictions:
For vehicles in the event areas, temporary no parking signs will be posted indicating parking restrictions beginning at the following dates and times:

  • At 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 20, areas around the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the Art Museum extending East to 12th Street.
  • At 9:00 a.m. Monday, September 21, areas North and South of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
  • At 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 22, areas East of 12th Street to 3rd Street.
  • At 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 23, designated emergency routes will be cleared of parked cars.

Note: These parking restrictions will remain in effect until the areas have been cleared on Monday, September 28. Residents who regularly park in the above mentioned areas are highly encouraged to pre-purchase parking spaces as referenced below.


Resident Parking Discounts:
To address the needs of Philadelphia residents, we will pre-sell spaces in designated garages for residents to park their vehicles. The cost is $20 and allows vehicles to park in our garages beginning Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m., through Monday September 28. However, if the vehicle has a current, valid Residential Parking Permit, the $20.00 fee will be waived.  After a vehicle has entered, it will not be permitted to leave until traffic restrictions are lifted on Monday, September 28.

Garage Locations:

Residents who purchase a parking space in one of our garages will be issued a placard which will exempt their vehicle from towing until 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24. Residents who pre-purchased a space can begin parking in our garages on Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m.

Residents who wish to pre-purchase a space may go to:

Philadelphia Parking Authority
Customer Service Office
35 N. 8th Street

September 14 – September 18:
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

September 19:
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

September 20:
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

September 21 – September 24:
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In order to pre-purchase a space, please bring a proof of residence, which can include:

  • Driver’s License
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Utility Bill

Note: Any document showing the vehicle owner’s name and address within the tow area will be accepted as proof of residence. Each vehicle will be assigned a specific garage in which to park.

If you have any questions regarding discounted parking for Philadelphia residents during the Papal Visit, you may contact the Philadelphia Parking Authority between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., at 215-222-9100 and select option 2.

Residential Permit Parking:
To further assist residents with vehicles that must be moved during the Papal Visit,  vehicles with Residential Parking Permits will be permitted to park in other permit parking districts on a limited basis.

Residents of Residential Permit Parking Districts 1 (Rittenhouse Square), 4 (Washington Square West), 5 (Society Hill), 6 (Logan Square), and 10 (Chinatown), may park on posted Residential Permit Parking blocks in any district from Sunday, September 20, 2015 until 8:00 am on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Note: This is only available for residents who have a current permit from their Permit Parking District. Additionally, this will only apply to posted permit parking blocks and does not permit vehicles to be parked in violation of other parking rules.

People with questions may call 215-222-9100 and select option 2.  


Taxis will be permitted to move in and out of the Traffic Box until 2:00 a.m. on Saturday September 26.

Taxis will assist visitors who arrive late by plane or train, despite the Traffic Box going into effect on Friday, September 25 at 6:00 p.m..

Starting at 3:00 a.m. on Monday September 28, the city will have taxi stands in the Traffic Box to provide service to people trying to get to the airport or elsewhere.

Taxi stands will be established at the following locations to provide transportation for the Papal events:North Broad Street, west side, north of Girard Avenue
Girard Avenue, north side, east of Broad Street
South Broad Street, both sides, Christian to Carpenter Streets
South Broad Street, east side north of Pattison Avenue
South Broad Street, west side, Geary to Hartranft Streets


People with Disabilities:
Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Cabs (WAVs) which are ADA compliant will operate in the Traffic Box along with SEPTA CCT vehicles and for ADA scheduled trips.


Office Closures:
Our administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, September 24 through Monday, September 28. Our offices will re-open Tuesday, September 29.

Our Tioga Terminal Impoundment Lot Auction (3201 N. Delaware Avenue) scheduled for Saturday September 26 at 12:00 p.m. is cancelled.

Our Impoundment Lot located at 2501 Weccacoe Avenue (near Columbus Boulevard and Oregon Avenue) will remain open during the following hours:

  • Friday, September 25: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 26: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


If you have any questions, we’re listening on Twitter and Facebook.

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