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RFP for Elect Eng – Ruth & Clearfield Lights

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written proposals from qualified vendors in order to procure Electrical Engineering Services to Replace a 5 Pole Parking Lot Lighting System at Ruth and Clearfield Streets. The sole contact at the Authority shall be Michael McKeown, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at mmckeown@philapark.org

For more information, please see below:

RFP for Elect Eng – Ruth & Clearfield Lights – Final_2

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RFP 14-12 Replace Lights on Arrivals Road

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written proposals from qualified vendors in order to procure Electrical Engineering Services to Replace Lighting on Arrivals Road at Philadelphia International Airport. The sole contact at the Authority shall be Michael McKeown, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at mmckeown@philapark.org

For more information, please see below:

RFP 14-12 Replace Lights on Arrivals Road – Final_2

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RFP 14-09 for On Call Structural Engineer

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written proposals from qualified vendors in order to procure On-Call Structural Engineering Services. The sole contact at the Authority shall be Michael McKeown, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at mmckeown@philapark.org

For more information, please see below:

RFP 14-09 for On Call Structural Engineer – Final_2

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RFP 14-07 Misc Repairs at Three Garages

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written proposals from qualified vendors in order to procure Structural Engineering Services for Miscellaneous Repairs at Three Garages. The sole contact at the Authority shall be Michael McKeown, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at mmckeown@philapark.org

For more information, please see below:

RFP 14-07 Misc Repairs at Three Garages – Final_2

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How to Get a Disabled-Only Parking Pole

Disabled Parking SignAt the end of the day, most people just want to get home and relax. But, the quest for a parking spot after a long day’s work can be hectic and mentally draining. Countless circles around the block can seem like hours, and if you have a physical disability, walking 60 feet to your home can be 60 feet too much. With that in mind, let’s talk about parking eligibility for those with disabilities and special needs.

Let’s be honest: the LAST thing someone with a physical disability or special need should worry about is finding parking. The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) knows that. That’s why we strictly enforce those illegally parked in disabled parking spots. If someone parks in a disabled parking zone — that’s a big no no. It means an automatic $301 ticket.

If you, or someone you know, has a physical disability and would like convenient parking near your home, we’d like to help.

Check out the frequently asked questions below regarding our Residential Parking for People with Disabilities (RPPD). If you have more questions, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter. We’re more than willing to guide you through this process.

 

Question: How do I get a “Disabled Only” parking space in front of my home?

Answer: You must apply for the space. Applicants must submit a physician’s certification of disability from their treating physician, which will be reviewed by Moss Rehabilitation Hospital. You can download an application online or you can call 215-683-9746 or 215-683-9736. Signs are installed by the PPA once all criteria is met.

Question: How much does it cost?

Answer: This program is free of charge for eligible residents.

Question: How long will the sign stay posted?

Answer: Zones are reviewed on a one- to three-year cycle to determine if they are still necessary.

Question: Are other vehicles permitted to park in this zone?

Answer: Yes. This space is not limited to the person who made the application for the zone.  Any vehicle with a disabled license plate or disabled-person parking placard may use the space.

Question: What happens if the pole or sign gets damaged?

Answer: The PPA is responsible for all repairs of the parking poles and signs.  If a pole or sign is loose or knocked down, please contact us at 215- 683-9736 or 215-683-9746 so we can make the necessary repairs.

Question: I’m moving. Who is responsible for removing the zone from my street?

Answer: The PPA is responsible for removing the zone. If you no longer require it, please contact us at 215-683-9736 or 215-683-9746. We do not know if the zone should be removed unless we are contacted.

Question: What should I do if I suspect someone is abusing a disabled-only parking zone?

Answer: Report it! If we receive reports of zone abuse—cones or other objects saving the zone, jockeying of cars to save a spot on the street— a parking investigator will be sent to investigate. If evidence of abuse is corroborated, the zone will be removed.

Question: I don’t have a parking space in front of my house and my neighbor will not give consent. Do I have any recourse?

Answer: You may request a consent hearing from the Office of Administrative Review Board at 215-686-5216.

Question: How do I get consent for an abandoned property or lot located next to my home?

Answer: This property is technically owned by the City of Philadelphia. Contact your City Councilperson and have them write you a letter stating that you are allowed to have a RPPD Zone infringe on this property.

 

 

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Notice of Rescheduling of Sales of Wheelchair Accessible Taxicab Medallions

On August 16, 2014, notice was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin of the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s Board Order 14-003 directing the Taxicab & Limousine Division (“TLD”) to administer the sale of 46 Philadelphia taxicab medallions, each of which are designated as wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) taxicab medallions.  This notice included the date, time and location of the bid openings for each of these medallions.

Bid openings were scheduled at 11:00 a.m. at the TLD headquarters at 2415 S. Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148 for Medallions WP-1602 and WP-1603 on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 and Medallions WP-1604, WP-1605 and WP-1606 on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.  However, Pursuant to the Board Order under Paragraph No. 10, TLD Director James R. Ney exercised his discretion to reschedule the sale of these medallions due to lack of participation.

Therefore, the sealed bids for Medallions WP-1602, WP-1603, WP-1604, WP-1605 and WP-1606 will be opened by the Director at the TLD’s headquarters on January 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at 2415 South Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148.

Please refer to Board Order 14-003 for all ordered instructions and other information concerning the sale of these medallions (http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol44/44-33/1766.html).  See also 52 Pa. Code  §§ 1013.31 – 1013.37 relating to Medallion Sales by Authority.

James R. Ney, Director
Taxicab & Limousine Division
Philadelphia Parking Authority

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PEO Spotlight: Antonio Menezes

Antonio MenezesThe job of a PPA Parking Enforcement Officer (PEO) requires a lot of patience and a liking for physical activity. PEOs wake up every morning knowing they’ll be insulted at least once a day for doing their job — a job that requires eight hours of walking and yes — at times issuing parking tickets. Knowing you’ll be insulted at least once during your workday requires a cool demeanor and a level-head, both of which are virtues of Antonio Menezes.

Born and raised in Northeast Philly, Menezes studied Human Resources at Temple University. After graduating, he worked as a temp in a law office. “I probably took the most water breaks out of anyone in the office. Not because I was lazy, I just needed a reason to stand up.”

Luckily for Menezes, he landed his job at the PPA not long after his stint in the law office. “I just like being outdoors and walking around. It’s almost impossible for me to sit behind a desk for hours on end.

Sitting behind a desk for hours is no longer a problem for him. Menezes now walks most of his beats in East Falls and Manayunk (the areas with all those treacherously steep hills), and he has plenty of reasons to take water breaks.

Not only does he walk eight hours a day as a PEO, he stays active outside of work. “I used to be a personal trainer before working in the law office. I work out pretty much everyday when I’m done,” explains Menezes.

With his routine in place, Menezes wakes up every morning ready to expect the unexpected. But what does he not like about his job?

“Giving tickets,” said Menezes. “Especially to people from out of state. Some people park wherever they want and don’t mind getting tickets, but some people literally have no idea how to read the signs.”

You heard it here folks — a PEO that doesn’t like to give tickets. Like any PEO, Menezes has to issue parking tickets, and sometimes he encounters people who aren’t too thrilled that they’re receiving a parking ticket. But Menezes uses the perfect antidote.

“Kill them with kindness,” he says. “Kindly explain they have the right to contest the ticket. Most people are understanding that I don’t make the rules, I just enforce them.”

Sounds easier said than done, especially for a PEO who has insults hurled at him on a daily basis. But Menezes offers a simple yet important piece of advice for all parkers.

“Read the signs,” he says in a calm demeanor. “I know some of the signs are more difficult than others to read, but if you start from the top and work your way down, you’ll be fine.”

So if you’re ever out for a stroll and bump into Menezes, don’t expect an argument. You’ll get the exact opposite and if you’re lucky, a thorough explanation of parking signs. By the way — if you’re a diehard Eagles fan, don’t be afraid to talk some birds with him.

 

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PPA AutoPark Discounts

IMG_0272Philadelphia is a happening city with a vast history and an insatiable love for the arts. Combined with our vibrant culture, there’s no doubt Philly has a huge brag list.

So—lets keep bragging. With a plethora of theaters and tourist attractions encompassing our city, there is always something to do. Whether it’s catching a show at the Lantern Theater or taking a family trip to one of many exhibitions at the National Constitution Center, you’ll be enlightened one way or another.

While you’re planning such an enlightening endeavor, parking should be the least of your worries, but still on your checklist. To make your parking decision easier, we offer various validations for multiple venues throughout Philly. So take a gander at our validations listed below!

If you have any questions about our validations, feel free to reach out through Twitter or Facebook!

 

Independence AutoPark Discounts

  • Independence Visitor Center
    • Enter after 5 PM: $8.00
  • National Constitution Center
    • Enter after 5 PM: $8.00
  • Sunday-Thursday
    • Enter after 5 PM & Exit by 3 AM: $10.00
  • Friday – Saturday
    • Enter after 5 PM & Exit by 3 AM: $7.00
  • Early Bird Special
    • Enter between 6 AM and 9 AM & Exit by 6 PM: $14.00
  •  PHLASH Discount Rate
    • Enter after 9 AM & Exit by 7 PM: $10.00
 

Jefferson AutoPark Discounts

  • Lantern Theater
    • Enter after 5 PM & Exit by 11 PM: $5.00
    • Enter after 1 PM & Exit by 11 PM: $12.00
    • Weekend Rate: $5.00
  •   PHLASH Discount Rate
    • Enter after 9 AM & Exit by 7 PM: $7.00
  • Early Bird Special
    • Enter by 10 AM & Exit by 6 PM – $16.00
  •  Monday-Sunday
    • Enter after 5 PM & Exit by 11 PM: $8.00
  • Scooter Parking
    • Flat rate daily: $5.00

 

Olde City AutoPark Discounts

  • Ritz Theaters
    • Enter after 12 PM on weekdays: $9.00
  •  Early Bird Special
    • Enter between 5 AM and 9 AM, exit by 6 PM: $10.50
  •   PHLASH Discount Rate
    • Enter after 9 AM & Exit by 7 PM: $7.00
  • Scooter Parking
    • Flat rate daily: $5.00

 

Gallery at Market East AutoPark Discounts

  •  Early Bird Specials
    • Enter by 8 AM, exit by 8 PM: $10.50
    • Enter by 10 AM, exit by 6 PM: $13.00
  • Evening Rate — Enter After 4 PM
    • Up to 1 hour: $5.00
    • Maximum to 12:00 Midnight: $9.00
  • PHLASH Discount Rate
    • Enter after 9 AM & Exit by 7 PM: $6.00
  • Scooter Parking
    • Flat rate daily: $5.00

 

Family Courthouse Garage Discounts

  • Early Bird Special
    • Enter by 9 AM & Exit by 7 PM: $16.00
  • Evening Rate
    • Enter after 5 PM & Exit by 6 AM: $10.00
  • Weekend
    • Flat rate per day–Exit by 6 AM: $11.00

 

Gateway Parking Garage

  • Early Bird Special
    • Enter by 9 AM & Exit by 6 PM: $14.00
  • Evening Rate — Monday-Friday
    • Enter by 5 PM & Exit by 9 AM: $5.00
  • Weekend
    • Flat rate per day: $7.00

 

Parkade on 8th Discounts

  •  Early Bird Special
    • Enter by 10 AM & Exit by 7 PM – $12.50
  •  PHLASH Discount Rate 
    • Enter after 9 AM & Exit by 7 PM: $8.00
  • Monday – Friday 
    • Enter after 5 PM & Exit by 3 AM: $9.00

Note:

All of the listed validations from participating businesses must obtain a discount chaser ticket from the appropriate business or center to reduce their parking fee.

All patrons using the PHALSH discount must take their PHLASH ticket to our parking management office.

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The Bureau of Administrative Adjudication (BAA): What you Need to Know

BAAGetting a ticket can be frustrating, especially if you thought you were legally parked. When you feel you don’t deserve it, you might wonder “what can I do about this?”

You can’t change the ticket or make it go away, but you can contest it.

If you disagree with a parking citation and would like to contest it, The City of Philadelphia Bureau of Administrative Adjudication (BAA) provides several ways to do so, including web upload, mail, or an in-person hearing.

Located at 913 Filbert Street, the BAA provides administrative hearings for disputed parking tickets and is a separate entity from the PPA.  For a little insight, check out the FAQs below:

What does the BAA do?

The primary purpose of the BAA is to allow citizens to appeal parking tickets and related enforcement sanctions such as booting or towing. 

Aren’t the BAA and PPA the same thing?

No, they’re separate government agencies. The BAA falls under the jurisdiction of the City of Philadelphia’s Finance Department. In accordance with Chapter 12-2800 of Philadelphia’s City Code and Charter, the BAA is granted authority to handle disputed tickets. The PPA is one of several agencies that issues City of Philadelphia parking tickets and therefore cannot adjudicate them as well.

Is it better to contest a ticket in person?

Cases are decided on the merits of testimony and other documentary evidence. Whether that presentation is better made in person, via web upload or by mail is entirely up to the person making the appeal.  

What should I bring to a hearing?

If you’re disputing a citation, it is up to you to provide your own evidence. This could include pictures, police reports, or anything else that you think may help your defense. Hearing Examiners cannot produce evidence for you.

Does the BAA have a website?

Yes, citizens are encouraged to visit BAA’s website, particularly the FAQ section.  Many questions can be answered and you’ll be prepared before visiting the BAA. 

 

For more information on contesting a ticket, click here

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