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Board Meeting Round-Up: May 31st, 2017

 

 

Chairman’s Items – Joesph T. Ashdale

  • Board Chairman, Joseph T. Ashdale, invited comment from members of the general public.
    • Members of the taxi industry commented on Transportation Network Service regulations and taxicab meter rates.

 

Director’s Report – Clarena I.W. Tolson

Executive Director, Clarena Tolson, provided the Board updates on the following:

Contracts:

  • The Authority received five (5) proposals from potential Pay-By-Cell service vendors and are currently being reviewed by Authority Staff.
  • The Authority received three (3) proposals from potential Automated Red Light Camera vendors and are currently being reviewed by Authority staff.

Parking Enforcement Officers:

  • 120 Parking Enforcement Officers (PEOs) have received homeless outreach training in an effort to assist Philadelphia’s homeless population.
  • Starting June 1st, 2017, PEOs will receive situational awareness training from the Philadelphia Police Department’s Counter-Terrorism Unit.

Parking 101 Workshop:

  • The Authority will host a two-hour Parking Workshop on June 17th, 2017. The workshop will educate attendees on how to avoid future parking tickets and provide lessons on parallel parking.

Billboard Advertising on Authority Municipal Lots:    

  • Questions have been raised regarding advertising at PPA operated neighborhood parking lots. Ms. Tolson stated that the Authority will not allow advertisements with alcohol as the subject matter and will veto any proposal with inappropriate content.
  • Advertising has been in place at PPA neighborhood lots for many years.
  • Many of the PPA neighborhood lots are free and revenue from advertisements will support cleaning, snow removal and maintenance of those lots.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs):

  • The Authority’s Taxi & Limousine Division will begin selling sixty-one (61) WAV medallions and evaluate locations for additional taxis stands.

 

Finance and Administration

Record Retention Policy:

The Board unanimously approved a Record Retention Policy which establishes minimum periods of time for retention and makes clear that document disposal is not required. The policy mirrors those recommended for municipalities by the Pennsylvania Local Government Records Committee and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Bureau of Archives.

Employee Manual:

The Board unanimously approved changes to the Authority’s employee manual policies to be consistent with public sector standards. Those changes include:

  • Reducing limits on leave time balances that can be carried over to the following year
  • Updating provisions regarding retirement health benefits
  • Updating and setting limits on tuition reimbursement

 

On-Street Division

Supplemental Debt Collection Services:

The Board unanimously awarded a three year contract for Supplemental Debt Collection Services to the following firms:

  • Penn Credit
  • Progressive Financial
  • Sabatine & Associates
  • Harris & Harris

The Supplemental Debt Collection Services will be utilized to pursue unpaid on-street parking and red light camera debt. Additionally, the Authority estimates a three hundred and twenty five thousand dollar ($325,000) savings annually. The Authority also expects additional revenues through a competitive debt collection assignment process.

Purchase of License Plate Recognition Systems for the Booting Department:

The Board unanimously approved the purchase of four (4) additional License Plate Recognition Systems in the amount of one hundred twenty six thousand eight hundred twenty five dollars and seventy cents ($126,825.70). This system has proven to be very cost effective in Authority enforcement efforts.  Once installed, the system will scan license plates throughout the City of Philadelphia and notify Authority staff of boot eligible vehicles.

 

Airport Operations

The Board unanimously approved a contract award to Northeast Fence & Iron Works Inc to install helix fencing at Authority Airport Parking Facilities. The proposed total amount is $77,900, contingent upon the successful negotiation and execution of a contract with the Authority.  

 

Taxi & Limousine Division

Docket No. A-17-02-02

The Board unanimously approved of the sale to transfer the ownership of Medallion No. P-1024 along with the issuance of a corresponding taxicab certificate of public convenience to operate the medallion.

Applicant-Buyer: Iggys Taxi, LLC, CPC Application No. A -103490-01

Owner-Seller: J-S Gabrielle Corp., CPC No. 1000042-01

Sale Price: $60,000

 

Docket No. A-17-03-02

The Board unanimously approved the issuance of a limousine certificate of public convenience to provide luxury limousine service in the City of Philadelphia.

Applicant: Grayling LM, LLC

CPC Application No.: A-1035666-07

 

Docket No. P-17-02-01

At the request of the taxicab industry and without objection, the Board unanimously approved an amendment to the “flat-rate” zone boundaries for all taxicab trips between the Center City zone and Philadelphia International Airport. The flat-rate of $29.05 will remain the same. However, the new flat-rate zone takes effect July 1st, 2017 and is as follows:

The area between the Schuykill and Delware Rivers between Washington Avenue and Fairmount Avenue. West of the Schuykill River, the northern boundary continues west along the north side of 30th Street Station on 2900 Arch, then southward on 30th Street to its intersection with Market Street. The boundary proceeds west along the north side of Market Street to 48th Street, south on 48th Street to Spruce Street and east on Spruce Street to its intersection with South Street.

 

 

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Where to Park for the Wawa Welcome America Festival

Is there a limit to how many events Philly can host on the Parkway? Didn’t think so. You know the deal: Come 4th of July Weekend, Wawa’s Welcome America Festival makes its return to the Parkway with a FREE six-day festival celebrating America’s rich and diverse history.

Here’s What You Need to Know:

From June 29th—July 4th, Wawa Welcome America celebrates our nation’s finest multicultural and multigenerational movements on stage in our nation’s birthplace!

But this isn’t just a one-and-done deal—there are more than 50 events throughout the six-day festival to entertain you and your crew, not to mention headliners like Mary J. Blige, Boyz II Men and Kidz Bop hitting the stage on July 4th.

To wrap up the fun, the festival is ending with a bang. Literally. At 9:30 p.m. on July 4th, concert goers will be treated to an extensive fireworks show. Does it get any more American than that?

For the complete lowdown on what to expect, head here.

Now Onto Parking:

If you’re joining the festivities, we’ve got you covered, parking wise, with three conveniently located parking facilities. Check out the rates and locations below.

(By the way, we won’t be enforcing kiosks, meters or time limits on residential blocks, so you might as well consider yourself a parking lottery winner on July 4th.)

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook with any questions.

FAMILY COURTHOUSE GARAGE

1503-11 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Rates:

  • Up to 1/2 hour – $5.00
  • Up to 1 hour – $13.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours – $18.00
  • Up to 2 hours – $24.00
  • Up to 12 hours – $26.00
  • Up to 24 hours – $28.00
  • Weekends – $11.00 (flat rate per day)          

PHILADELPHIA GATEWAY PARKING GARAGE

1540 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Rates:

  • Up to 20 minutes – $3.00
  • Each additional 20 minutes (or portion) – $3.00
  • Up to 10 hours – $16.00
  • Over 10 hours – $20.00
  • Evening Rate – enter after 5 p.m., exit by 9 a.m.  – $5.00
  • Weekend Rate – (flat rate per day)– $7.00

19TH & CALLOWHILL STREET LOT

1901 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour – $6.00
  • Up to 2 hours – $11.00
  • Up to 12 hours – $17.00
  • Up to 24 hours – $19.00
  • Weekends – $11.00 (flat rate per day)
  • Evening (enter after 5 p.m., exit by 9 a.m) – $9.00

 

CREDIT: G. WIDMAN FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA

 

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Where to Park for the LGBT Pride Parade and Festival

Philadelphia has some pretty colorful names for places. Think about it: We have Fishtown, The Schuylkill River, and Queens Village just to start. But when someone mentions the Gayborhood, you know exactly where that is: home to some of the best food, drinks and shopping Philadelphia has to offer. Now we probably have you thinking about the next time you should get your Green Eggs fix or a chocolate budino from Barbuzzo, right?

Let’s Get Right Into It:

On Sunday, June 18, the Gayborhood will expand to celebrate love in all forms, shapes and sizes with one of the city’s hottest annual events as Philly Pride hosts the 28th Annual LGBT Pride Parade and Festival!

The parade kicks off at 13th and Locust Streets at 11:30 a.m. with 25,000 participants parading down Market Street. Judges will do what they do best at 5th and Market street as elaborate and colorful floats serenade passersby. The festivities will continue all the way down to Penn’s Landing until 1 p.m.

Now Let’s Get You Parked:

If you plan on heading to the parade, you’ll have three convenient parking options along the parade route. Check out the options below and see what works best for you.

Need more parking guidance during the parade? Connect with us on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll get you squared away.

8TH & CHESTNUT LOT

8th & Chestnut streets

Rates:

  • Weekends – $10 per day (Saturday and Sunday)

 

INDEPENDENCE MALL AUTOPARK

5th & Market streets

Rates:

  • Early Bird, Enter between 6-9 a.m., exit by 6 p.m. – $14.00
  • Up to 1/2 hour – $4.00
  • Up to 1 hour – $8.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours – $12.50
  • Up to 2 hours – $17.50
  • Up to 10 hours – $20.00
  • Up to 24 hours – $22.00

 

OLD CITY AUTOPARK

2nd & Sansom streets

Rates:

  • Early Bird – Enter by 9 a.m., exit by 6 p.m. – $10.50
  • Up to 1/2 hour – $4.00
  • Up to 1 hour – $8.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours – $12.50
  • Up to 2 hours – $16.50
  • Up to 12 hours – $18.50
  • Up to 24 hours – $20.50

Credit: Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

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PPA at Work: Parking Enforcement Officers Receive Counter-Terrorism Training

One of the guiding principles of the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s (PPA)  mission is to ensure the safety of Philadelphia’s residents and visitors. With over 200 Parking Enforcement Officers patrolling the streets, the PPA is in a unique position to continually assist law enforcement agencies in combating terrorism.

Acknowledging the unique role our officers have, the PPA has partnered with the Philadelphia Police Department’s Counter-Terrorism Operations in providing situational awareness training to identify scenarios that could potentially bring harm to the general public.

Speaking to the officers in training, Executive Director, Clarena Tolson, said, “ We not only have a unique responsibility, but we also have the skillset and physical presence to provide an additional layer of security to our City and country.”

Upon receiving the training from the Philadelphia Police Department, officers will be well equipped and prepared with invaluable knowledge to continuously enhance the safety of the general public.

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Getting Parked for Wizard World

 

Come Thursday, June 1, don’t be surprised if you see Chewbaccas, Storm Troopers or Obi-Wan Kenobis  strolling the Center City streets. That’s because Wizard World Comic Con has returned to the Pennsylvania Convention Center!

Here’s the scoop:

Pop culture will come to life. . . in a big way. Whether you’re a comic book junkie, wrestling fan, or a binge watcher of sitcoms, you’ll find something that tickles your senses. In fact, visitors will be given a chance to meet many of their favorite pop culture icons. Take a look at the show hours listed below and pick a date! Or heck — if you’re that dedicated, attend all four days!

Thursday, June 1, 2017 – 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Friday, June 2, 2017 – 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Saturday, June 3, 2017 – 10:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday, June 4, 2017 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Now before deciding which celeb you want to take a selfie with, make sure you plan ahead so you’re not at the back of the line! Luckily if you’re driving into Center City, we have three parking facilities within close walking distance to the PA Convention Center.  Check out the rates and locations below — and don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook with any questions.

PARKADE ON 8TH

801 Filbert Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

Rates:

  • Up to 1/2 hour – $5.00
  • Up to 1 hour – $9.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours – $12.00
  • Up to 2 hours – $15.00
  • Up to 12 hours – $18.00
  • Up to 24 hours – $22.00

AUTOPARK AT GALLERY MALL

44 North 9th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour – $5.00
  • Up to 2 hours – $9.00
  • Up to 3 hours – $13.00
  • Up to 12 hours – $21.00
  • Up to 24 hours – $22.00

FAMILY COURTHOUSE GARAGE

1503-11 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Rates:

  • Up to 1/2 hour – $5.00
  • Up to 1 hour – $13.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours – $18.00
  • Up to 2 hours – $24.00
  • Up to 12 hours – $26.00
  • Up to 24 hours – $28.00     
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Parking 101: A Workshop on Avoiding Parking Tickets

 

We want parking your vehicle to be the least of your worries when you drive in the city to work, play or visit.  That’s why we are excited to offer this free workshop to anyone who feels the same.

If you:

1)  Get parking tickets

2)  Find parking signs confusing

3)  Cringe at the thought of parallel parking

4)  Want to learn how to avoid tickets and park safely in the city

Then, we cordially invite you to attend our FREE public workshop- “Street Parking 101.”

On Saturday, June 17th, 2017, we will host a two-hour, fact and fun-filled workshop from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at our headquarters, located at 701 Market Street.

SPACE WILL BE LIMITED, so please send an email today to partnerwithppa@philapark.org to register and find out more information.  Registration will be closed on Friday, June 9th at 5:00.

  •    Hear from your own Parking Enforcement Officers the tricks to avoid tickets and readily understand any parking sign you may come across!
  •    Get one-on-one, hands on instruction from a certified driving instructor on how to parallel park like a pro!
  •    Learn tips on parking and driving safety for two and four wheeled vehicles!

Spend your Saturday morning with us, complete the course, and then enjoy two hours of complimentary parking on us at our newly renovated Parkade on 8th parking garage!  We encourage you to enjoy your afternoon with nearby shopping, wonderful eating establishments and great historical attractions.

Again, SPACE WILL BE LIMITED, so please send an email today to partnerwithppa@philapark.org to register and find out more information. Registration will be closed on Friday, June 9th at 5:00.

We look forward to seeing you on June 17th!

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PPA at Work: Officers Instructed on Supporting Public Safety

The job of a Parking Enforcement Officer entails more than just issuing parking violations.  As a large force that is present daily on our city streets, they can be the eyes and ears for other city agencies, as well as ambassadors for the public in general. In a continued effort to support public safety, officers report dangerous street conditions, malfunctioning traffic lights as well as report children and dogs left alone in vehicles.

In recognizing the important role your enforcement officers can play, the PPA is partnering with Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services and Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual Disability Services to provide  officers with comprehensive Homeless Services and Behavioral Health training.

Speaking to the officers in training, PPA Executive Director, Clarena Tolson said, “As a public service agency with hundreds of boots on the ground on a daily basis, we’re happy to expand the city’s resources and help support safety on our streets.”

This comprehensive safety initiative educates our officers by first teaching them to recognize circumstances that may have the potential to put members of the public in danger.  They are also taught what to do if this situation arises and who they should contact to address the situation.  This training will assist us in not only keeping our employees safe on the streets, but others as well.

To learn more about Philadelphia’s homeless population, visit the  websites of  Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services or Department of Behavioral Health & Disability Services.  

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Funding PPA Municipal Lots

A vital component of our obligation to residents and visitors is to provide safe, affordable and convenient off-street parking options in our city.

Recognizing the limited street space available in our neighborhoods, we operate and maintain 43 neighborhood lots throughout the city. Of those 43 lots, 25 are free to both residents and visitors alike. Additionally, we also provide 18 neighborhood lots that charge a nominal daily or monthly fee for parking.

As we strive to provide quality services to the public, there are significant on-going maintenance costs. Lots are kept clear of snow in the winter, clean at all times, well lit, and safe for vehicles and pedestrians alike.

Advertising is one option we have used for over 20 years at these lots to allow us to continue providing this service at little or no cost to the public, while at the same time help off-set the annual cost to maintain the lots.

By law, all revenue generated from off-street parking fees and advertising are not combined with the revenue produced by on-street operations.  Additionally, on-street revenue is directed to the City’s general fund and School District and cannot be used to maintain off-street facilities. This year on-street operations generated over forty-seven million dollars ($47 million) for the City’s general fund and School District.

We hope to continue in our mission to provide safe, affordable and convenient off-street parking options and welcome input from the public.  We invite you to partner with us to craft a solution that will work for your neighborhood and also allow us to provide you with this service in the most cost-effective manner.

We thank you in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.

Please reach out to us on Twitter and Facebook, or directly to our Facilities Director at RMorrotto@philapark.org

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Where to Park for the Broad Street Run

Cue up “Eye of the Tiger” and dust off those running shoes. The Broad Street run is sprinting through Philly this weekend!

Here’s the scoop:

Bright and early at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 7, close to 40,000 runners are expected to line up at Broad and West Fisher streets before making the 10-mile trek through Philly’s main artery. The ambitious runners will be met with cheers from thousands of spectators while sweating it out all the way to the Philadelphia Naval Yard. For the full run-down on the Broad Street Run, head here.

Here’s the thing: With Broad Street blocked off to accommodate the race, it’s definitely a good idea — especially when it comes to parking — to plan ahead.

As luck would have it, we’ll have you covered parking-wise with our five conveniently located Center City garages, all of which are only a couple blocks away from Broad Street. Take a look at the rates below and feel free to reach out to us via Twitter or Facebook with any questions!

 

FAMILY COURTHOUSE GARAGE
1503-11 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19102

Rates:

  • Weekend Rate – $11.00 (Exit by 6 a.m.)

 

AUTOPARK AT JEFFERSON
14-18 S. 10th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Rates:

  • Early Bird Rate – $16.00 (Enter before 10 a.m., exit by 6 p.m.)

 

GATEWAY PARKING GARAGE
1540 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
Entrances on Spring and 16th streets

Rates:

  • Weekend Rate – $7.00

 

PARKADE ON 8TH
801 Filbert St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Rates:

  • Early Bird Rate – $12.50 (Enter 10 a.m., exit by 7 p.m.)

 

AUTOPARK AT GALLERY MALL
44 North 9th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Rates:

  • Early Bird Rate – $13.00 (Enter before 10 a.m., exit by 6 p.m.)

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Independence Blue Cross via Flickr

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Top 5 Reasons to Ride the PHLASH

Guest Post by Independence Visitor Center Corporation

In many ways, the Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop™ remains one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

The service has been around since 1994, and hit its all-time high for ridership last year. Yet, there are still plenty of visitors and locals who are not aware of all that the PHLASH has to offer.

Even if your ride was among the 314,000 the PHLASH made in 2016, you probably aren’t taking advantage of everything the service has to offer. Here is our list of the top reasons to ride the PHLASH:

Top 5 Reasons to Ride the PHLASH

  1. Excellent Customer Service: Did you know that the Independence Visitor Center Corporation began managing the PHLASH in 2012? That means we apply our same high standards of customer service and attention to visitor needs to the transit service.
  2. “Park & Ride” Discount Program: For anyone driving into Philadelphia, PHLASH’s “Park & Ride” program offers a discounted rate at the following Philadelphia Parking Authority facilities for those who present a PHLASH pass:

So leave the stress of city traffic to the professionals—park your car and ride PHLASH for the day!

  1. Clean + Comfortable Vehicles: In 2014, the PHLASH service transitioned from using trolleys to state-of-the-art New Flyer MiDi buses, operated by Krapf’s Coaches. The buses are large, seating up to 32 passengers comfortably, with large windows for great city views. They are air conditioned, ADA compliant, made in the USA, and use the latest in clean diesel technology. The PHLASH vehicles provide such a pleasant riding experience that the PHLASH was even named one of “10 Places to Mooch Free Air Conditioning in Philadelphia” by Philadelphia Magazine!
  2. Exclusive Route: Like everything else about the PHLASH, its route is designed with the visitor in mind. The PHLASH travels from the Delaware River Waterfront to Fairmount Park, making 22 stops located near popular destinations and attractions, including: Penn’s Landing, the National Museum of Jewish American History, The Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Perelman Building, Eastern State Penitentiary, The Franklin Institute, National Constitution Center, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, the Shops at Liberty Place, the Please Touch Museum, the Philadelphia Zoo, One Liberty Observation Deck, and the brand-new Museum of the American Revolution.
    The PHLASH is the ONLY public transit route that travels along Philadelphia’s iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway, providing access to the city’s Museum District.
  3. FREE Rides: At just $2 per ride or $5 for an all-day pass, the PHLASH is the most affordable way to travel around the city for everyone. But for many, the PHLASH is completely free! Among the groups who can always ride PHLASH for free: SEPTA Pass and Key card holders, seniors 65 and older; and children 4 and under.

If you haven’t yet experienced the benefits of riding the PHLASH, you’re in luck because daily service for the season resumes on Monday, May 1!

 

PHOTO CREDIT:  Jeff Fusco for the IVCC

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