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Parking and Transit During the Eagles Parade

Official event information including route and times

Date: Thursday, February 8.

Parade: Kicks off at 11 a.m. at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, heading north toward the Art Museum. The parade will last approximately two hours.

Formal Celebration: Begins at 1 p.m. in front of the Art Museum. The program will last approximately two hours.

Parking and Transit:

In an effort to reduce vehicular traffic, the Philadelphia Parking Authority encourages all visitors to take public transit when coming into Philadelphia. SEPTA is operating a special Eagles Parade schedule with details available online at SEPTA.org.

There will be parking restrictions along and around the parade route.  A full list of the affected streets is available here. These restrictions go into effect at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, and extend into the late evening on Thursday, February 8. Cars parked in temporary no parking zones will be relocated. If your vehicle has been relocated, you may call 215-686-7669 for the location. Vehicles will be relocated to the 2500 block of South Swanson Street and 2500 block of Weccacoe Avenue. A map of the parade route and parking restrictions can also be found here.

In regards to normal PPA boot and tow operations, no impounded vehicles will be released on Thursday , February 8. The Impoundment Lot located at 2501 Weccacoe Avenue will stay open until midnight on Wednesday, February 7 for the release of vehicles. Additionally, the unclaimed vehicle auction scheduled for Thursday, February 8 on the 2500 block of S. Swanson Street is rescheduled to Thursday, February 15.

If at all possible, visitors should not drive into Center City. If, however, driving is necessary, the City encourages drivers to park in off-street lots and garages along the Parkway, Broad Street, or near the stadium complex. Please keep in mind that due to security and public safety concerns, parking will not be available at Lincoln Financial Field or the stadium complex. Please visit SEPTA.org to find alternatives. The Philadelphia Parking Authority also has seven Center City garages with the cheapest parking rates in the City. A list of the garages can be found here. Additionally, our parking locator can be used by clicking here. If visitors must drive, they should contact individual parking facilities for rates and availability ahead of time.

There will be no enforcement of meter and time limit regulations on the day of the parade. Safety violations such as parking too close to the corner, fire hydrants, blocking crosswalks, and double parking will be enforced.  Additionally, the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s administrative offices will be closed Thursday, February 8. Offices will reopen on Friday, February 9 at 8:30 AM.

There will be significant travel delays on roadways and street closures immediately before, during, and after the Eagles Parade.

Additional details on everything you need to know about the Eagles Parade can be found here.

Residents, visitors, and journalists can also sign up for free parade text alerts by texting “ReadyEagles” to 888-777.

 

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Getting Greener: PPA Purchases Four Electric Vehicles

On Tuesday, January 23rd, and in conjunction with the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s (PPA) Board approved the purchase of four electric vehicles to be used by its Off-Street and Airport Operations Divisions through $20,000 in grant funds.

Acknowledging the purchase, PPA Executive Director, Scott Petri said, “Not only are we excited to purchase electric vehicles for our fleet, it reinforces our continued efforts to explore and implement cost saving, eco-friendly initiatives to our infrastructure.”

Over $86,000 of grant funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection were allocated to install a combined total of eight electric vehicle charging stations at PPA Center City garages and Philadelphia International Airport parking facilities.

“By purchasing new charge stations and electric vehicles, we will reduce our overall fuel costs and substantially reduce the amount of pollutants emitted by our fleet of vehicles,” said Petri.

Over a five-year span, the PPA expects the electric vehicles and charging stations to reduce fuel costs by $30,000 while reducing emissions by over 700,000 pounds. “As a public serving body, we not only have an obligation help protect our environment, but to also encourage others to follow suit,” said Petri.

In a May 2017, The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded grants to 17 alternative fuel projects throughout the Commonwealth. These Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants will save an estimated 650 million gallons of fuel in Pennsylvania  while developing and promoting the use of alternative fuels throughout the Commonwealth.

 

 

 

 

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January 23rd, 2018: Board Meeting Round-Up

Chairman’s Items – Joseph T. Ashdale

  • Board Chairman, Joseph T. Ashdale, invited comment from members of the general public.
  • Board Chairman, Joseph T. Ashdale, introduced newly appointed Risk Management Director, Antonia Miller, and Internal Auditor, Walter Mingo

Director’s Report – Scott Petri

During his inaugural Board meeting, PPA Executive Director, Scott Petri, thanked the Board for the opportunity to lead the Authority. Additionally, Mr. Petri reported upon his initial observations of the Authority’s operations. Mr. Petri’s full directors report can be viewed and downloaded here.

Finance and Administration

Actual to Actual Summary Comparative Income Statements

  • The Board unanimously approved the Actual to Actual Summary Comparative Income statements presented by the the Authority’s Director of Finance, Gary Gordon

Budget to Actual Summary Comparative Income Statements

  • The Board unanimously approved the Budget to Actual Summary Comparative Income statements presented by the the Authority’s Director of Finance, Gary Gordon

Updated Right to Know Policy

  • The Board unanimously approved the Authority’s Updated Right to Know Policy
  • While there are no substantive changes, the Policy has been amended to make a more specific reference to the law governing the process and certain contact information for the Open Records Officer. Other changes include:
  • A requirement that the Executive Director re-appoint the Open Records Officer at the beginning of each fiscal year.
  • Clarification that the Legal Department need only be involved in the review of a request that raises legal questions.
  • A requirement that the Authority’s Internal Compliance Auditor conducts an audit of the Open Record Officer’s compliance with this policy and the law upon the conclusion of each fiscal year.
  • Additional information about the rights of the public to challenge a denial of a Right to Know Request and the manner in which the appeal must be filed, along with the general Pennsylvania Office of Open records contact information has also been added.

Managed Print Services

  • The Board unanimously approved a $40,000 final additional spending increase for Managed Print Services through the Authority’s print services vendor, KDI, Inc.

Purchase of Electric Vehicles

  • The Board unanimously approved the $134,000 purchase of four Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles to be used at the Authority’s airport and off-street parking operations.
  • In December 2016, the Board approved the purchase of 24 electric vehicle charging stations for installation at the Philadelphia International Airport parking facility, Family Courthouse Garage, Market Street East Garage, Parkade on 8th, and Independence Mall Garage.
  • The Authority was subsequently awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for installation of 24 electric vehicle charging stations under the condition the Authority purchase an electric vehicle fleet.

Updated Procurement Policy

  • The Board unanimously approved language and process clarifications to the Authority’s new Procurement Policy and Standard Operating Procedures, which was adopted by the Board on September 27, 2017.

Settlement of Tort Claim Mele v. PPA

  • The Board unanimously approved a $30,000 major jury motor vehicle action claim to the Plaintiff, Bruno Mele.
  • The $30,000 settlement comes in conjunction with outside counsel, the Authority’s insurer and the Authority’s Legal Department.

Mission Statement

  • The Board unanimously approved the Authority’s revised Mission Statement.
  • The Authority’s revised Mission Statement was recommended to more succinctly state the Authority’s mission and the particulars of how that mission is accomplished.
  • The Authority’s revised Mission Statement can be found and downloaded here.

Fire Extinguisher Service Contract       

  • The Board unanimously approved a revised contract with Alarm Tech Systems, Inc. for fire extinguisher inspection and maintenance services, which are required by the Philadelphia Code and Charter.

Investment Policy

  • The Board unanimously approved amendments to the Authority’s Investment Policy.
  • The amendments come as the Authority’s Director of Finance has determined that Freddie Mac falls within the limitations of investments found in Section 5510.1(c)(2) of the Parking Authorities Law.

Approval of External Auditor Boyer & Ritter LLC

  • The Board unanimously approved the awarding of an External Auditing Services contract with Boyer & Ritter, LLC.
  • The potential savings from contacting with Boyer & Ritter for a five year contract is (at a minimum) $225,000. 

Engineering and Design

Repair Lintels At Essington Ave

  • The Board unanimously approved a Change Order in the amount of $25,000 in relation to the contract awarded to Schneider Restoration, Inc., for steel and masonry restoration work at the Authority’s Impound and Vehicle Maintenance Facility at 6801 Essington Ave.
  • With the approval of this Change Order, the final contract amount is reduced from $193,000 to $168,000.

On-Call Structural Engineering

  • The Board unanimously approved a Change Order in relation to the contract awarded to O&S Associates, Inc., for On-Call Structural Engineering Services.
  • With the approval of this Change Order, the contract issued to  O&S Associates, Inc., will be extended 90 calendar days with no change required in the contract amount of $300,000 per year.

On-Street Division

On-Site Auctioneer Services for Unclaimed Vehicles

  • The Board unanimously approved the purchase of On-Site Auctioneer Services for Unclaimed Vehicles through Aspite Auto Auction.
  • As the lowest, most responsible bidder, Aspite Auto Auction will receive 2.5% of the gross revenue generated from the sale of unclaimed vehicles; a .5% reduction from the Authority’s previous contract for such services.

Airport Operations

Hardware and Software Support for Airport Operations Primary and Redundant Data Centers

  • The Board unanimously approved purchasing a one (1) year subscription service for CISCO hardware and software support for the Authority’s airport operations data center.
  • The subscription is a necessary annual subscription that provides:
  • Hardware replacement for any failed CISCO hardware component.
  • Firmware patches that will add features to the hardware and address identifiable security issues or concerns.

Taxi & Limousine Division

Docket No. A-17-11-02

The Board unanimously approved the sale to transfer ownership of Medallion No. P-0292 along with the issuance of a corresponding taxicab certificate of public convenience.

Applicant-Buyer: Please Car Inc, CPC Application No. A-103623-01
Owner-Seller: Grassia, Ralph Cab Co., Inc., CPC No. 1000714-01
Sale Price: $43,000.00

Docket No. A-17-11-04

The Board unanimously approved the sale to transfer ownership of Medallion Nos. P-0668 and P-0744.

Applicant-Buyer:  Zega Trans Inc, CPC No. 1034935-01
Owner-Seller: Pinnacle Cab Inc., CPC No. 1018902-01
Sale Price: $75,000.00

Docket No. A-17-05-02

The Board unanimously approved the sale to transfer ownership of Medallion No. P-0802 along with the issuance of a corresponding taxicab certificate of public convenience.

Applicant-Buyer: Kler Taxi Inc, CPC Application No. A-1035731-01
Owner-Seller: Oged, Inc., No.1000740-01
Sale Price: $53,000.00

Docket No. A-17-11-05

The Board unanimously approved the sale to transfer ownership of Medallion No. P-0547 along with the issuance of a corresponding taxicab certificate of public convenience.

Applicant-Buyer: B&B Trans Co, CPC Application No. A-1036262-01
Owner-Seller:  Grassia, Ralph Cab Co., Inc., CPC No. 1000714-01
Sale Price: $43,000.000

 

Where to Park for the Philadelphia Auto Show


Alright, folks. Get those engines revved up: One of Philly’s most beloved annual events, the
Philadelphia Auto Show, will once again be turning heads at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Here’s the scoop:
From January 27 – February 4, automobile enthusiasts are in for a treat, as more than 700 concept, classic and exotic cars park themselves on the 700,000 square-foot display floor of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. So if you’re in the market for a new car, you won’t want to miss this, especially since you’ll be getting a sneak peek at the newest models that’ll be popping up at your local car dealerships. In fact, you’ll be able to test drive some of the featured cars through ride and drives.

So if you’re in the market for a new set of wheels, or you just want to be flat out amazed by the many advancements in the auto industry, make sure you purchase your tickets here. Psst—make sure you take note of the discounts.

Now before you start gawking at the cars of the future, make sure you’re conveniently parking yours. Luckily we have three garages within close walking distance to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Check out the locations and rates below. And as always, reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook if you have any questions!   

 

 


The AutoPark at Gallery Mall

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

Specials:

  • Early Bird – Enter by 10 a.m., exit by 6 p.m. – $13.00
  • Super Early Bird – Enter by 8 a.m., exit by 8 p.m. (Monday through Friday) – $10.50
  • Evening rate after 4 p.m.
    • Up to 1 hour – $5.00
    • Maximum to 12 Midnight – $9.00

 

Parkade on 8th:

Rates:

  • 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

Specials:

  • Early Bird – Enter by 10 a.m., exit by 7 p.m. – $12.50
  • Evening Rate – Enter after 5 p.m., exit by 3 a.m. (Monday through Friday) – $9.00

Family Courthouse Garage:

Rates:

  • 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

Specials:

  • Early Bird – Enter by 9 a.m., exit by 7:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday) – $16.00
  • Evenings rate after 5 p.m. (exit by 6 a.m.) – $10.00
  • Weekend rate (per day, exit by 6 a.m.) – $11.00

 

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A Meal with a Parking Deal: Restaurant Week Parking Validations

 

Philly has some of the best food in the nation. Think about it: Where else are you going to get a better cheesesteak or soft pretzel than our nation’s birthplace? And with hundreds of delicious places to eat covering nearly every cuisine imaginable, it can be a tough decision to make.

Here’s the Good News

From January 14-26 restaurants across Center City come together to show off industry-defining meals at a discounted cost during Restaurant Week. Restaurants will offer three-course dinners for only $35 (or $20 during lunch hours) per person. So make your reservations here before it’s too late.

A Meal With a Parking Deal:

Let’s get real—how are you going to beat high-quality cuisine when it’s at a fixed rate like that? With discounted parking options, of course.

To accommodate Restaurant Week, our Center City garages will offer discounted parking to all patrons dining at participating restaurants. Check out the rates below and be sure to pick up a parking discount voucher before leaving the restaurant.

Autopark at Olde City:

  • Validation rate: Enter after 4:45 p.m., $9.00

Autopark at Independence Mall:

  • Validation rate: Enter after 4:45 p.m., $9.00

Autopark at Jefferson:

  • Validation rate: Enter after 4:45 p.m., $7.00

Autopark at Gallery Mall:

  • Validation rate: Enter after 4:45 p.m., $7.00

AutoPark at 8th & Filbert:

  • Validation rate: Enter after 4:45 p.m., $7.00

8th & Chestnut Lot:

  • Validation rate: Enter after 4:45 p.m., $7.00
  • Sunday flat rate: $9.00

Family Courthouse Garage:

  • Validation rate: Enter after 4:45 p.m., $7.00

If you have any questions, you can always count on the parking gurus on Twitter or Facebook and we will get you squared away.

CREDIT: J. VARNEY FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA

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UPDATE: Normal Enforcement of Parking Regulations to Resume at 6:00 AM on 1/6/18

 

With the lifting of the snow emergency at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January, 4, parking is now permitted on Snow Emergency routes. If your vehicle was towed from a snow emergency route, please call 215-686-SNOW for its location. DO NOT call 911.

Safety violations will continue to be enforced through the night. Normal  enforcement of parking regulations will resume at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, January 6. That includes meters, kiosks, time limit requirements, as well as safety violations.

Motorists who parked in PPA garages prior to the lifting of the Snow Emergency Declaration at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January, 4 will receive the $5.00  flat-rate so long as vehicles exit the garage by 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 5. Motorists must go to the management office in the garage to receive the $5 flat-rate. Motorists entering after 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January, 4 will be charged the normal parking rates.

 

 

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ALERT: PPA Announces $5 Garage Rate & Relaxed Enforcement During Snow Emergency

 

In response to the City’s Snow Emergency, which is set to begin at 12:01 AM tonight, the Philadelphia Parking Authority will be offering a flat twenty-four hour $5 parking rate at the following Center City garages from  6:00 PM tonight – Wednesday, January 3, 2018, until the snow emergency is lifted.

To receive the discounted $5 rate, customers must bring their ticket and pay at the PPA Management Office in each garage.

During this snow emergency, the PPA will enforce all snow emergency and safety violations. Starting at 10:00 PM, Wednesday January 3, meters, kiosks and time limit violations on residential blocks will not be enforced until the snow emergency is lifted.

Additionally, beginning at 12:01 AM on Thursday, January 4, vehicles illegally parked on snow emergency routes will subject to ticketing and towing. If your vehicle is towed during the snow emergency, please call 215-686-SNOW for its location.

 

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