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Behind the Scenes: PHL Airport Parking

photo 3.JPGWhen I was a child, I always enjoyed field trips. They got me out of school and if I was lucky enough, I learned a thing or two. When I learned that the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) operates the parking facilities at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), I decided to take a field trip, only this time I didn’t need my mom to sign a permission slip.

I met with Frank Ragozzino, Director of Airport Operations, for a run-down on airport parking. “We have three types of parking. Short-term, garage and economy parking. They all have different rates depending on the needs of various types of travelers. We also have quite a bit of complimentary services that many people don’t know about,” said Ragozzino.

After hearing him list the services, I wanted to take a closer look, so Ragozzino arranged a tour with Jeannine Morgan, Shift Manager and eight-year veteran of the PPA.

As the tour began, we noticed vehicles parked on the shoulder of the road.  Jeannie explained that these vehicles should be utilizing the Cell Phone Waiting Lot. “The reasoning behind prompting customers to move from the side of the road is because it’s a major safety hazard. With the cell-phone waiting lot, customers can wait there free of charge until they’re ready to make their pick up.”

 If you’re looking to actually park – and not just pick someone up – there are lots of options. By “lots” I mean more than 18,000 options! Check them out:

Option 1:  Short-Term ground level lots. For security reasons, curbside parking is prohibited at the airport.  Short-Term (ground level) parking is great for picking up or dropping off travelers.

Option 2: Parking garages. Our four parking garages offer over 11,000 parking spaces that are convenient and close to the terminals.

Option 3: Disabled parking spots. In the Short-Term (ground level) lots, disabled parking spots are conveniently located closest to the terminals. In the upper-level garages, they are located next to every elevator.

Option 4: The Economy lot. Our Economy lot offers an $11 flat-rate for 24 hour parking. If I was going away on vacation, I’d park here, especially considering my car would be safely guarded day and night.   PHL provides a complimentary shuttle service that runs 24 hours day, seven days a week

Now you know where to park at PHL, but how do you pay? After getting back from an extended trip, the last thing you want to hear is “cash only.” That’s why we offer the Credit Card In & Out and Self-Service Lanes.

 This is arguably the most convenient and eco-friendly feature of our airport parking. Aside from being a form of payment, credit cards also become virtual tickets. In fact, since the PPA started using the current credit card payment system, we’ve been printing 30,000 less tickets per month!   If you want to assert your tech savviness even more, Google Wallet can also be used for payment.


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Schedule of Sales of Wheelchair Accessible Taxicab Medallions

On August 5, 2014, the Philadelphia Parking Authority Board issued an Order directing the Taxicab and Limousine Division (“TLD”) to administer the sale of 46 Philadelphia taxicab medallions, each of which are designated as wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) taxicab medallions. 

Notice of this Order was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on August 16, 2014.  Below is a link directing you to the notice.  Please also refer to 52 Pa. Code § 1013.31 – 1013.37 relating to Medallion Sales by the Authority. 

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Easing the Confusion: Scooter/Motorcycle FAQ’s

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Updated on: 3-20-2015

Whether you’re a Yamaha guy or a Harley gal, you might have wondered about the parking regulations for scooters and motorcycles in the city since we regularly receive questions about parking rules and regulations related to scooters and motorcycles through our Facebook and Twitter pages. To clear up any confusion you may have, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions for all you scooter and motorcycle riders.

If your question isn’t answered below, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook. We want to keep up the conversation! Don’t forget, if you come across a car illegally parked in scooter/motorcycle zones, report them by calling our Enforcement Department at 215-683-9775.

Question:  I have a valid Residential Parking Permit (RPP) for my scooter/motorcycle, but I still received a ticket for parking on the sidewalk in front of my residence- what do I do?

Answer:  Please contact Shannon Ruiz at the PPA at 215-683-9728 or and have your ticket or license plate number handy.

Question:  I purchased a Virtual Scooter/Motorcycle Permit and received a ticket while parked in a designated Scooter/Motorcycle zone. Do I have to go to a hearing to get it cancelled?

Answer:  No, this can be handled through the PPA, you do not need to go to the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication. Please contact Shannon Ruiz at the PPA at 215-683-9728 or and have your ticket number or license plate handy.

Question:  I want to park my scooter or motorcycle at the corrals on the 1700 block of JFK Boulevard, but there is no kiosk. How do I pay to park?

Answer:  Since the 1700 block of JFK Boulevard is reserved for municipal parking, there are no kiosks. If you don’t have a virtual permit for your scooter or motorcycle, you may purchase time at kiosks located on the 1600 block of JFK Boulevard before parking on the 1700 block.

Question:  In your press release of July 2, 2014, you refer to “corrals.” Are these the same things as the designated “Scooter/Motorcycle Only” zones that currently exist.

Answer:  Yes, there are 47 existing “corrals” throughout Center City and University City that are designated for scooter and motorcycle parking only.

Question:  How much is a Residential Permit for a scooter or motorcycle?

Answer:  The pricing schedule for an RPP sticker is $35 for the first vehicle in your household, $50 for the second, $75 for the third and $100 for the fourth.  Currently, the price of a permit for a scooter or motorcycle would fall within these numbers, so if you have one car and a scooter, and would like RPP stickers for each, you would have to pay $85. Legislation passed in City Council and is in effect starting September 5, 2014 that takes the scooter/motorcycle out of this pricing structure to keep it at a flat fee of $35, no matter the number of other vehicles in the household.

Question: Corrals accommodate “dense” parking. What does that mean?

Answer: If lines are painted within a corral, that means multiple vehicles can park within those lines.


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Roll Call: How PEOs Start Their Day

photo 5 (1)Most work cultures include daily routines and rituals that help get the day started. Restaurants have pre-shift meetings and sports teams have pre-game pep talks.   Parking Enforcement Officers (PEOs) at the PPA are no different. They start their days with a roll call.

The benefits of a pre-shift/pre-start/roll call or “whatever you want to call it” meeting are pretty universal across different industries. It helps professionals get their heads in the game, so to speak, be aware of the latest updates, learn about potential dangers or issues, and socialize so they feel connected to their co-workers.

You may be thinking, “Why in the world would PEOs have roll call? All they have to do is issue parking tickets.” Well, you’re partially right, they do issue parking tickets, but it’s not as simple as that.   Roll calls are essential in keeping PEOs aware of all the latest rules and regulations that often times can change from day to day in certain areas.  Our PEOs need to be aware of all changes before they walk their beats.  If there is a special event scheduled in the city that includes relaxed enforcement, or construction work that affects parking, PEOs need to know so they can patrol their beats accordingly.

Before roll call officially begins, PEOs congregate in the roll call room. It’s a good time for a little chit-chat among co-workers, time to talk about weekend plans, or how devastating the latest Game of Thrones episode was.  But as time winds down to the start of roll call, the chatter transforms into complete silence.

Now it’s time to get down to business. As the room remains silent, supervisors take attendance to ensure everyone is reporting to their shifts. Supervisors then reiterate enforcement procedures while reviewing past strengths and weaknesses. It’s also a good time for supervisors to give PEOs updates on enforcement, such as the recently-launched scooter pilot program.

On the day I went to the roll call room, Vince Lomento, Head Supervisor at the PPA, stressed the importance of properly writing tickets and radio usage. “Make sure you guys are using the exact address while issuing tickets. Also, make sure you always have your radios turned on, even when you’re on break,” said Lomento.

“Also, if you’re walking your beat in South Philly today, be extra nice to everyone because I live there and you’ll probably bump into one of my neighbors,” he joked. After Lomento finished his run-down, PEOs were encouraged to ask questions about the day’s tasks.

With no questions, roll call ended with everyone on the same page and all loose ends tied up. PEOs then headed toward the exit and dispersed in different directions to embark on the eight hour beats they were assigned. Like all professionals, they’re ready to do their job and do it well, especially now that they know what they will face in the day ahead.


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