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#TBT: PPA Headquaters

#TBT PPA HeadquatersIt’s been over a year since we set up shop at 701 Market Street. Nestled conveniently nearThe Gallery Mall,Chinatown andReading Terminal Market, we have the perk of working in the most energetic section of Philly. So for this month’s #TBT, we sifted through Philadelphia’s public records and stumbled upon a vintage picture of our home, and boy, have times changed.

Long before we called 701 Market Street our home, it was the flagship location of Philly’s renownedLit Brothers Department Store, which is shown in this picture. But, as competition grew and sales plummeted, Lit Brothers reluctantly closed their doors in 1977. After remaining vacant until 1989, the building was renamedMellon Independence Center.

Known for its unique Victorian architecture, it encompasses the entire seventh block of Market Street. Though it doesn’t necessarily mix in with the area’s rustic aesthetic, it’s far from an eye sore. In fact, in 1979 it was inducted into theU.S. National Register of Historic Places. That’s right — our office is considered a historic landmark!

If you’re ever near Reading Terminal Market and also have an appetite for unique architecture, stroll down to 7th and Market Street and check it out!

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Requests for Proposals U-Channel Poles (REVISED)

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 U-Channel Poles for Parking Signs under a contract with the Philadelphia Parking Authority. 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:

U-CHANNEL POLE NOTICE TO PROPOSERS REVISED

RFP U-CHANNEL POLE REVISED

 

REGULAR BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR 2014

Please be advised that the Philadelphia Parking Authority has changed the date and time for the remaining three Board Meetings in 2014. The new dates and times are as follows:

OCTOBER: Tuesday, October 28th, 9:30 a.m.
NOVEMBER: Tuesday, November 25th, 9:30 a.m.
DECEMBER: Tuesday, December 16th, 9:30 a.m.

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A Philadelphian First: PEO Shirley Barnett

PEO Profile- Shirley 2Shirley Barnett is a Philadelphian first, and that’s why she’s been a Parking Enforcement Officer (PEO) for more than 27 years. She is patient, soft-spoken and easy going, but she doesn’t let her good nature mislead anyone. Barnett is not one for nonsense, making her such an excellent asset to the PPA and our city in general.

“I was buying a home and I was working a part-time job at night and I didn’t like that. Plus I had small children at the time,” says Barnett about what first brought her to the PPA.

Through her hard work at the PPA, she’s been able to establish and lead a comfortable, happy life in South Philadelphia with her loving family. South Philly isn’t just Barnett’s home; it’s an area she patrolled for many years. In an area of the city that’s known for its eclectic neighborhoods like East Passyunk and Queen Village, Barnett knows it inside-and-out and has become a staple of the area.

“I was one of the first people that went down in South Philly on Passyunk Avenue and Snyder when they opened it up for enforcement,” she explains. “The people on Passyunk are pretty nice.”

She continued reflecting on the many years she spent patrolling this area, gaining a strong sense of community and making friends, especially with small business owners.

“I got to know the man who owned a flower shop and when I lost family members I would go to him and buy flowers,” says Barnett.

Barnett forged a bond during her years in South Philly, but over the last five years she’s been stationed in North Philadelphia near Temple University where she works the early shift.

She prefers this time of day saying, “A lot of people aren’t out [and] it’s not as congested as Center City, so I like it up at North Broad Street.”

With this shift, it’s early to bed and early to rise for Barnett. Bedtime comes around 7 p.m. so she can be well-rested for her 5 a.m. wake up time. While that’s about 10 solid hours of sleep, as Barnett puts it, “The most important thing about this job is [that], you need rest!”

Walking around all day and interacting with numerous people can be taxing, on some days more than others.

Barnett feels one of the hardest parts of patrolling is having to ticket near a hospital. The last thing she wants to do is upset someone who may have just lost a loved one. While this is unfortunate, Barnett is just doing her job, and there are tools that can help find parking nearby, which can be useful when trying to find parking quickly. This is something people can lose sight of in the heat of the moment. After all, even Barnett herself has been ticketed over the years. She’s had about three or four tickets.

On being ticketed, she chuckles, “I didn’t like it! I guess I can dish it out but I can’t take it.”

Despite all of the difficulties a PEO faces, Barnett has received plenty of positive feedback from the communities she has served. Residents of two hour parking streets particularly appreciate all that Barnett has done for them.

“I’m glad to see you today, this car has been here forever!” is something Barnett often heard from small business owners along Passyunk who rely on PEOs to keep things running smoothly on their block.

When Barnett isn’t patrolling the streets of Philadelphia she likes to work on puzzles and crochet, a testament to her patience on and off duty. When she retires next year, Barnett hopes to travel and explore somewhere new.

“The first thing I want to do, for some reason, is a road trip. I want to get on 95 and just keep going as far as I can.”

 

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Wheelin’ and Dealin’: The PPA Auction Process

GavelGoing once, going twice, sold! If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of those words, that means you’re a bid winner. If you’re an avid bidder and in need of a new automobile, you’ll be happy to know we have lots of them available at our public auctions.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) welcomes bidders to automobile auctions at one of three locations. Whether you’re in search of a van, car or two-wheeler, our huge selection will leave you satisfied and perhaps eager to come back and place another bid.

But before you place your bids, it’d be a good idea to understand our auction process. Take a gander below for a complete run-down on the rules and steps of our auction process.

Before bidding: 

  • Decide which auction lot location you’ll be attending and don’t forget to bring your driver’s license.
  • Go to the location and register for the auction. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m.
  • Take a look at the inventory. Registered bidders can view all available vehicles between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. When you’re checking out the stock, consider:
    • No keys are available and locksmiths are not permitted on the Auction lot.
    • Vehicles remain locked at all times.
    • All vehicles are sold as is with no warranties expressed or implied.
  • Pay attention!  The auction promptly starts at 12:00 p.m.
    •  All bidders must be at least 18 years old. Anyone under 18 years of age will not be permitted to register.

Payment:

  • Full vehicle purchase price, sales tax, title fees and processing fees must be completed at the time of sale.
    • Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Debit cards are accepted.
    • Bidders should be prepared to make any transaction at the time of purchase.
    • Failure to have full amount at time of sale will result in bidder being escorted off premises and banned from future participation.
    • Successful bidders must pay a $53.00 title fee at the time of sale, for each vehicle purchased. The application for title will be processed by the PPA and then sent to Harrisburg.
    • Successful bidders must also pay the standard $25 processing fee and a $6.50 court filing fee at the time of sale for each vehicle purchased.

Vehicle Registration:

  • Until the title is received, it’s not possible to register or insure a vehicle purchased at Auction.
    • In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to operate or store an uninsured or unregistered vehicle on a public roadway.
    • All vehicles must be removed from the Auction Lot before 8:00 p.m., on the day of the Auction. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of the purchase price and the vehicle.
    • It takes approximately four to six weeks from the date of sale to receive the title in the mail from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot).

Towing and Removing your Vehicle:

  • Tow operators, car dealers and salvers must pre-register before the Auction and present valid authorization licenses.
    • Auctioned vehicles will be released to tow operators only upon presentation of completed tow agreements.
    • Tow operators must register during each auction.

All PPA Auctions are considered court-ordered, with permission being granted by Common Pleas Court.

So there you have it. All you have to do now is pick a convenient date and head to one of our auctions. If you have questions about the auction process, contact us through Facebook or Twitter and we’ll point you in the right direction. Happy bidding!

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Do’s & Don’ts of Scooter/Motorcycle Parking

Whether you’re parking on the streets or on sidewalks, understanding the do’s and don’ts of parking your scooter or motorcycle parking will ultimately help you avoid parking tickets.

With more than 40 scooter/motorcycle corrals spread throughout Philly, we want to ease any confusion you may have when it comes to parking in designated scooter/motorcycle zones.

Take a look below to fully understand the ins and outs of scooter/motorcycle parking in Philly:

   
DO:
 Pay a $5 flat-rate fee


As of January 1, 2015, scooter and motorcyclists can pay a daily rate of $5 to park at any corral in Philadelphia. You can also use the same receipt when parking at other corrals throughout the day. 


Note: 
Multiple kiosks receipts cannot be combined for the daily $5 rate. The $5 must be purchased in a single transaction.

 
 
DON’T:
Impede curb space

When parking at a corral, be sure your scooter or motorcycle is not on the curb or sidewalk.

 
 
 
DON’T:
Park on the sidewalk in commercial/business areas


If you’re in a commercial area, parking your scooter or motorcycle on the sidewalk 
is prohibited.

 
 
DO:
Park in front of your own home
 

If you live in a Residential Permit Parking zone, you can apply for a permit for your scooter or motorcycle. This permit allows you to park your scooter or motorcycle on the sidewalk in front of your home, under the following restrictions:

  • You park parallel to your home, up against the wall and do not block pedestrian traffic
  • Once you leave the street, you must turn off your vehicle and  walk it to park 
  • You may also park your scooter or motorcycle on the sidewalk, under the same restrictions above in unregulated residential blocks.

Any questions? Let’s hear them on Twitter or Facebook!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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