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Parking, Street Closure and Transit Information for Philly Free Streets

 

PHILADELPHIA – The City of Philadelphia released details today for 2018 Philly Free Streets, scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Event Activities & Information
Philly Free Streets is a people-powered initiative of the City of Philadelphia that temporarily closes streets to cars, inviting people to walk, bike, and play. This year the event will take place on Saturday, August 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The route is eight-miles round-trip connecting City Hall and Erie Avenue on North Broad Street. There is no formal start or stop. People are encouraged to join the route by taking SEPTA’s Broad Street Line anywhere between City Hall and Erie stations, or by getting off the Market-Frankford El at City Hall. To learn more visit www.phillyfreestreets.com or follow @PhillyFreeSts on Twitter.

Road Closures
The Philly Free Streets route will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11. Broad Street will be closed from JFK Blvd. to Butler Street, and east-west cross traffic will only be permitted on the following streets:

– JFK Blvd.
– Vine Street (Eastbound Only)
– Spring Garden Street
– Ridge Avenue
– Girard Avenue
– Diamond Street
– Lehigh Avenue
– Allegheny Avenue
– Erie Avenue
– Butler Street

One-way streets that feed into the Philly Free Streets route will be controlled by PPD and designated local access only. Residents and businesses will be permitted to access these roads during the event as conditions allow. Additional closures may be implemented if needed in the interest of public safety.

Roads will be opened as they are serviced and cleaned. All event-related road closures will be lifted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

Delays can be expected during the course of event setup and on the date of the event. Some cross streets may be closed and detoured prior to 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018 due to public safety considerations. Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes, and allow for extra driving time in areas near the event. Please refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.

Parking Restrictions
Parking restrictions on the Philly Free Streets route will commence at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018. Parking will be prohibited on both sides of Broad Street between JFK Blvd. and Butler Street. Additional parking restrictions include:

– Arch Street from Juniper to Broad
– Vine Street (Westbound) from 13th to 15th
– Mount Vernon Street from Watts to Broad
– Wallace Street from Watts to Broad
– Fairmount Avenue from Broad to Ridge
– Brown Street from Broad to Carlisle
– Poplar Street from Watts to Carlisle
– Stiles Street from Broad to Carlisle
– Oxford Avenue from Park to Broad
– Cecil B. Moore Avenue from Park to Broad
– Montgomery Avenue from 13th to Broad
– Susquehanna Avenue from Watts to Broad
– Huntingdon Street from Broad to Carlisle
– Glenwood Avenue from Cambria to Broad
– Westmoreland Street from Park to Broad
– Rising Sun Avenue from Watts to Broad
– Venango Street from Broad to Carlisle
– Germantown Avenue from Erie to Butler

Accommodations will be made for established loading and valet zones along the route.

All event-related parking restrictions will be lifted at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

Temporary No Parking Signs will be posted along the Philly Free Streets route beginning on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. If you park in the impacted area, please obey all posted signs. Vehicles parked in restricted locations after 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 11 will be towed. If you believe that your vehicle has been towed in connection with Philly Free Streets, please contact the local police district for confirmation.

Public Transportation
SEPTA is a convenient, affordable way for event-goers to get to and from the Philly Free Streets route. All SEPTA service changes, alerts and detours can be found by clicking here.

Broad Street Subway and Market Frankford Line service will operate on a normal weekend schedule throughout the day on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

Regional Rail parking lot location information is available online at: www.septa.org/parking.

SEPTA can be reached at 215-580-7800 and directly on Twitter @septa_social. For more information on SEPTA and NJ Transit routes and schedules, visit www.septa.org or call (215) 580-7800, and www.njtransit.org or call (973) 275-5555.

To download the full listing of Philly Free Streets parking, public transportation and closure information, click here.

Venue Details and Public Safety Information
The following items and activities are not permitted on the Philly Free Streets route:

– Motorized transportation (excluding motorized wheelchairs or similar equipment)
– Unauthorized solicitation
– Alcoholic beverages
– Narcotics or illegal drugs
– Bathing in pools or fountains
– Damage to property
– Feeding animals
– Firecrackers or explosives
– Firearms
– Open flame
– Littering (including pet waste)
– Public intoxication
– Unauthorized driving or parking
– Unauthorized vending
– Unleashed animals
– Weapons of any kind

Emergency Preparedness & Weather Alerts
Philly Free Streets is a rain or shine event. In the case of severe weather, listen for announcements and sign up ahead of time to receive emergency texts or e-mail alerts at ReadyPhiladelphia: www.phila.gov/ready.

For tips and general information about being prepared and ready at special events, read the Special Event Safety Guide before you attend.

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PPA to Expand Widely Popular meterUP Mobile Payment App

After launching a pilot program in December 2017, the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s hugely popular meterUP mobile payment application is now expanding city-wide and will include all coin-operated meters. “After a tremendously successful pilot program, we are delighted to be expanding this very popular and convenient mobile payment option to all kiosks and meters throughout the city. Our customers will now have the convenience of paying or adding time remotely for parking instead of having to continuously carry coins,” PPA’s Executive Director, Scott Petri said.

When initially introduced, meterUP was hailed as a PPA technological innovation aimed at improving customer service and convenience for motorists parking in Philadelphia. With over 91,000 downloads since December 2017, meterUP has been widely embraced because of its convenience and easy to use, customer-friendly application features. “As we expand this payment option, our goal is to further improve convenience and the overall parking experience in Philadelphia for all of our customers. We believe meterUP is a major step in the direction of improving customer service and convenience through innovation,” Petri said.

The meterUP app allows drivers to pay for parking with a smartphone and remotely add more time to kiosks or coin-operated parking meters. Registration and use of meterUP is easy and saves customers time and money. Users can extend parking sessions remotely and stop time early to avoid wasting unused minutes. Customized parking expiration reminders and the ability to make prepayments are also featured in meterUP.

Clearly marked signs and decals with zone numbers and directions on how to use  meterUP will be posted throughout the city over the next few weeks. meterUP will only work at kiosks or coin-operated meters where there are meterUP signs and decals with specific zone numbers. In order to avoid a ticket, app users are highly encouraged to ensure their license plate numbers are correctly entered into their app profiles while referencing the correct meterUP zone numbers when making mobile payments.

The PPA has partnered with ParkMobile, LLC to power the meterUP app. ParkMobile, LLC is highly regarded in the industry, with years of experience and a well-deserved reputation. They are the vendor to many large cities throughout the United States, including New York City, Denver, Dallas, Washington, DC, and Miami.

“We are very excited to partner with the Philadelphia Parking Authority on this innovative program,” said Jon Ziglar, CEO of ParkMobile. “Since it launched, the meterUP app has continued to grow at a rapid pace as people all around the city have discovered a smarter way to park. We look forward to expanding our relationship with the Philadelphia Parking Authority to provide more innovative solutions for the city.”

As this mobile payment option expands city-wide, meterUP and ParkMobile will be accepted for payment of kiosk and coin-operated meter fees in Philadelphia – and conversely — meterUP may be used for payments in any locale in the country where ParkMobile is used.

Customers are able to use meterUP by visiting meterUP.org, downloading it through their iOS and Android device, or by calling (877-727-5303).

 

 

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A Warning for All Taxis, Limos & TNCs Operating in Philadelphia

 

As a regulated business, I wanted to remind you that you may not refuse to provide transportation service to any person for a discriminatory purpose. Our regulation at 52 Pa. Code § 1011.10 specifically provides as follows:

“A regulated person may not refuse service to a member of the public on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, religious preference, nationality, age, point of origin, point of destination or to a person with a disability.”

See also 52 Pa. Code § 1051.9, 53 Pa.C.S. §§ 57A11 & 57A16.

As taxicab, limousine and TNC service providers in Philadelphia you are part of a transportation network that provides service to 1,000,000 people each week. We are fortunate to live and work in a diverse and vibrant city like Philadelphia. As business people you know and understand the importance of building good relationships with people of all backgrounds.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority will continue to respond to questions or complaints from the public about poor service, particularly discriminatory behavior, and prosecute founded complaints to the fullest extent of the law. Penalties can include a fine of up to $1,000 and the loss of certification to provide service.

Thank you for the work you do and for all of your best efforts to provide clean, safe, courteous and reliable transportation service to the public.

 

 

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PPA’s Statement on City Controller’s Audit Announcement

 

“While we have implemented almost all of the Auditor General’s recommendations and have recently gone through a comprehensive internal financial and operational examination by the independent International Parking Institute, that resulted in our receiving an accreditation ‘with distinction’, we look forward to working with the City Controller to continue making the PPA more efficient and customer-friendly. The PPA is committed to providing the best customer service possible by employing best industry practices and the latest technological advances.”  — PPA Executive Director, Scott Petri.

Below is a link to information about the PPA’s accreditation by the International Parking Institute:

The PPA won accreditation through the IPI’s Accredited Parking Organization (APO) program, a certification for parking organizations that have achieved a comprehensive standard of excellence. APO recognizes best practices in responsible parking management and operations, customer service, professional development, sustainability, safety, and security.

In order to receive the IPI’s accreditation, “An organization must demonstrate its commitment to ongoing evaluation and improvement of program outcomes through the implementation of industry best practices. Applicant organizations work with third-party reviewers to organize and present evidence of accomplishment of 250 criteria in 14 categories related to industry best practices. To achieve the APO with Distinction, an additional set of criteria must be met.”

http://www.philapark.org/2018/06/philadelphia-parking-authority-receives-accreditation-with-distinction-from-the-international-parking-institute/

 

 

 

 

 

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Philadelphia Parking Authority Receives Accreditation “with Distinction” from the International Parking Institute

Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) Executive Director Scott Petri announced that the PPA received accreditation “with distinction” from the International Parking Institute (IPI) at their annual meeting in Orlando, Florida today. The IPI also highlighted three of the PPA’s garages for a “premier” rating.

“After an in-depth and thorough examination of our overall internal and external operations, and after many months of making changes to improve our overall operation and efficiencies, we are thrilled the IPI has accredited the PPA. While it was no easy task acquiring the accreditation, the many months of hard work and long hours have now paid off. We will wear this new accreditation as a badge of honor and as added incentive to continue making improvements,” Petri said.

The PPA won accreditation through the IPI’s Accredited Parking Organization (APO) program, a certification for parking organizations that have achieved a comprehensive standard of excellence. APO recognizes best practices in responsible parking management and operations, customer service, professional development, sustainability, safety, and security.

According to the IPI, in order to receive their accreditation, “an organization must demonstrate its commitment to ongoing evaluation and improvement of program outcomes through the implementation of industry best practices. Applicant organizations work with third-party reviewers to organize and present evidence of accomplishment of 250 criteria in 14 categories related to industry best practices. To achieve the APO with Distinction, an additional set of criteria must be met.”

“Today is a turning point in our efforts to reform the PPA and put us on the right track. We are committed to continuing our reform efforts and making the PPA more efficient, cost-effective while providing our customers – the general public – the best customer service possible,” Petri said.

 

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The Dangers of Leaving A Child Unattended In A Hot Car

You just can’t beat a summer in Philly. Think about it: Ballpark hot dogs and running the bases with the kids at Citizens Bank Park make summer feel right. But there is one thing you can beat: car seats in the heat.

Each year, an average of 37 children die from being left in a hot car by a parent or caregiver. Far too often, parents or caregivers get into a routine and fail to remember their most precious cargo: their child. This has been a seasonal epidemic since 1990. More than 600 children have passed away from being trapped in a hot car ever since.

Leaving a child in a car is no joke. It can lead to heat stroke, brain damage and in extreme cases, death. Car interiors can be up to 40 degrees hotter than outside temperatures. Combine that with an infant’s body temperature, which rises three times faster than an adult’s. This is not something to take lightly.

The biggest mistake anyone can make is thinking it won’t happen to them or their children. Stay up to date with these major keys to keeping children safe in an automobile.

Major Keys for Keeping Your Child Safe:

  • Never leave a child in a car alone, even if the windows are cracked or you are just running into the gas station to pay.
  • Keep car keys out of the reach of children.
  • Place your bag/briefcase in the back of your seat so you have to look in the back seat before getting out.
  • Teach children not to play in or around vehicles and to alert an adult when a child is playing in a vehicle without supervision.
  • Ensure your children understand the dangers of trunk and automobile entrapment (suffocation, heat stroke, and hypothermia)
  • Take advantage of smart technology. Sense A Life is a sensory alert system for mobile devices that will alert you if you are reach a certain distance from your child in an automobile.

For more information how to keep your family safe in the car during the hot summer season, click here.  

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Where to Park for the Welcome America Festival

Philadelphia is still on one heck of a roll. From a Super Bowl win to Villanova bringing in another trophy to the Sixers bringing us a playoff berth, Philadelphia has never been a more fun place to visit.

The good times will continue as Philadelphia welcomes back Wawa Welcome America with a FREE week-long festival to celebrate the country’s diverse history. And yes, that means free hoagies, too!

What You Need to Know:

If there’s one thing Philly does right, it’s knowing how to throw a party and host an event. We may not be greasing the poles this time, but we are celebrating our unique culture with talented individuals on stage in our nation’s birthplace.

This week-long festival isn’t just a one-stop shop. From June 28th to July 4th, Welcome America hosts more than 50 events to keep you and your loved ones entertained throughout the celebration.

On July 4th, international icons Pitbull and Heather Headley, along with the Philly Pops Big Band, take the stage and end with a bang. Literally.   

Produced by Pyrotecnico and Comcast, Welcome America will host the largest firework show to date. Time to gear up and make sure you know where you’re parking for the big bash!

Parking for The Big Bash:

Since Philadelphia expects more than 25,000 people for the festivities, it’s important you find a prime parking spot. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with three conveniently located parking facilities so you can enjoy the holiday without stress.

Psst: By the way, we won’t be enforcing kiosks, meters or time limits on residential blocks 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: $6.00
  • Up to 1 hour: $13.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours: $19.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $25.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $27.00
  • Up to 24 hours: $29.00
  • 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: $12.00
  • Weekends: $12.00 (flat rate per day)
  • Evening (enter after 5 p.m., exit by 9 a.m): $9.00

 

For additional information on parking restrictions and road closures during the festival, the below interactive map will come in handy:


 

 

PHOTO CREDIT: R. Myers for Visit Philadelphia

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Where to Park for Screening Under The Stars

Calling all movie buffs: Every Thursday in July and August at 8:30 p.m., one of Philadelphia’s leading FREE summer activities hits the waterfront with Screening Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing. With a wide range of blockbuster hits for people of all ages, you’ll want to grab your lawn chairs and blankets and head to the waterfront for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Oh yeah: Not only are these movie screenings free, but you can also bring your own snacks! This is definitely not your typical movie theater. Check out the lineup of films playing during Screening Under the Stars below:

JULY 5: JUSTICE LEAGUE

JULY 12: JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE     

JULY 19: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III

JULY 26: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

AUGUST 2: AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER   

AUGUST 9: BLACK PANTHER

AUGUST 16: A WRINKLE IN TIME

AUGUST 23: COCO

AUGUST 30: DESPICABLE ME 3

Now, onto parking:

If you plan on getting solid seating in front of the big screen, you should know the best parking options for you and your crew.  Fortunately, we offer two convenient parking locations nearby. The Independence Mall Autopark offers a $10.00 flat rate after 5 p.m. Additionally, the Olde City AutoPark is just a few blocks away from the screen on the waterfront.

Don’t forget:
If you plan to park at a meter instead of one of our garages, be sure to download meterUP and pay for parking from your phone. With meterUP, you can feed the meter from your seat instead of having to miss the movie—or even worse—get a ticket! Head here to download our mobile payment app.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter. We’re here to help!

 

Photo by Matt Stanley for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

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