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PPA Map Primer

MapWhenever you’re not sure of where you’re going and need guidance, what’s the first thing you do? We know: whip out Google Maps, right? Yep, thought so.

Let’s face it: Tangible maps are a thing of the past. With a variety of mapping tools available online nowadays, not only can we get directions, we can also create our own maps — and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing.

For the past few months, we’ve created multiple maps to better visualize important information instead of just looking at a cluttered list. Check out the maps below!

 

Scooter PicMap #1: Motorcycle & Scooter Parking Locations

Who doesn’t like taking their two-wheeler out for a spin? Better yet, your two-wheeler may be your primary mode of transportation. Here’s the good news — you don’t have to search aimlessly to find a parking spot for your scooter or motorcycle. As of right now, Philly has 47 parking corrals for scooters and motorcycles — and the locations are highlighted in this interactive map. By the way, for only $5 you can park in any corral all day long, or you can purchase a virtual permit!

Psst — make sure you also understand the do’s and don’ts of parking your two-wheeler in Philly.

 

Red-light cameraMap #2: Red Light Camera Locations

Pump those breaks: Going through a red light puts you and pedestrians in harm’s way. In fact — not only can it put a dent in your car, but also your wallet with a $100 fine!

Here’s the thing: Police officers can issue violations in person, but if you go through a red light at one of 26 intersections highlighted in this map, a violation can be issued through our Red Light Camera Program.

For more information on Red Light Camera violations, give this blog post a looksie.

 

RPP MapMap #3: Residential Parking Permit Districts & Blocks

We can’t take credit for this one, but we give credit where credit is due. For the past year or so,  Lauren Ancona, Data Scientist from the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Information and Technology, has been developing an elaborate residential parking permit map. After meticulously outlining boundaries of residential parking districts, Ancona then added the active permit blocks by using data we released for Code for Philly’s Hackathon. The map isn’t entirely complete yet. In fact — Ancona comically makes note of it in the map with a disclaimer reading “ Warning: This Jawn is in Alpha.” Either way, the map is slick and easy to navigate, so fool around with it and see for yourself!

Have an idea for map you’d like to see? Let’s hear your suggestion on Twitter or Facebook and maybe we’ll throw it into our map arsenal!

 

 

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Parking Fails: Volume III

What’s one of the first things you learned when you got your learner’s permit? Aside from turning on the ignition, how to properly park was probably up there. Whether it was parallel parking on the street, or parking in a lot, knowing how to do it is a must for any motorist.

Welp — the motorists in our third volume of Parking Fails might want to reassess their parking abilities, or lack thereof. If you missed it, check out Parking Fails Volume I and Volume II. And here is Parking Fails Volume III!

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Honey, I’m going fishing. Not sure when I’ll be back.”

Hopefully this guy’s catch for the day was worth it. In fact — he probably had to sell off his catch and put the cash toward a new car. Better yet, the conversation with his wife upon returning home probably didn’t go too well either.

Hun, I have good news and bad news. The good news is I brought home dinner. The bad news well, we’re going to be hoofing it for a while.

Parking Fail # 8Parking Fail #2

We know Wal-Mart offers some great discounts, but come on, guy. Also, how did you even get out of your car? More importantly, where did shoppers wind up putting their shopping carts? We’re willing to bet the parking lot probably looked something like this.

Either way, there’s no excuse for this, even if it’s Black Friday.

 

Parking Fail # 9Parking Fail #3

Park between the lines? Nah — makes too much sense. Props to the lone nonconformist in this one though.

Seriously though, what part of the lines didn’t these drivers see? Maybe this was an unfortunate case of follow the leader.

Have you spotted some parking fails? Send them our way on Twitter or Facebook and maybe they’ll be featured in a future edition of Parking Fails!

 

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Parking Fails: Volume II

Our world will never be short of parking fails. Think about it: In the U.S. alone, there are hundreds of millions of parking spaces, so someone is bound to screw up. All the drivers can do is hope their parking mishaps aren’t posted online for the world to see.

Unfortunately for the three drivers in this edition of Parking Fails, they were unable to suppress the viral nature of the internet we’ve come to love and adore. Let’s take a look:

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Lesson to all drivers: When a police officer says, “OK, you’re free to go,” triple check to make sure your car is in drive. Why? See Exhibit A to the left.

Looks like the driver got a little too antsy after being cut a break. The good thing is that it looks like no one got hurt, but the driver should still be cited for utter stupidity.

 

Parking Fail # 5Parking Fail # 2

OK — who gave Vin Diesel the keys? From the looks of this one, someone was trying to reenact a scene from The Fast and the Furious.

Either way, this guy gives a whole different meaning to the term residential parking.

 

Note: For information on Residential Parking Permits in Philly, check out the blog post about it..

 

Parking Fail 2Parking Fail # 3

Not sure who to feel bad for in this one — the construction workers or the driver? Regardless, this guy has cemented himself in parking fail history.

On a side note: maybe they should just leave the car as is. It makes for some interesting street art. Who knows? Maybe this was actually the work of the elusive graffiti artist Banksy.

Have you spotted a parking fail? Send it our way on Twitter or Facebook and maybe it’ll be featured in a future edition of Parking Fails!

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How to Renew Residential Parking Permits Online

RppIf you have a Residential Parking Permit (RPP), chances are you’ve had to take a trip down to our permit office at 35 North 8th Street to renew it. Welp, here’s some good news: You no longer have to make the trip to renew your permit.

Instead of driving or walking to our permit office, you can renew your RPP from the comfort of your own home.

Let’s cut to the chase: you can renew your RPP online.

 

A few things to keep in mind though:

  • You must reside at a residence within a residential parking district.
  • If you have three or more outstanding parking tickets or Red Light Camera violations, you will not be eligible to purchase or renew your parking permit. If you have three or more outstanding parking violations, payments can be made here.
  • At the current time, you may only use this site if you have an existing residential permit account. To renew your RPP or to request a permit for an additional vehicle, you must use your existing account number. Your account number can be found on the renewal notice mailed to your address of residency.
  • You will be asked to provide proof of residence, vehicle registration and insurance. All documents must be at the same address within the residential permit parking district. Proof of residence can include:
    • Utility Bill
    • Driver’s License
    • Housing Lease (must be signed and dated within one year)
  • The vehicle registration requirement can be waived if you drive a company car (including a leased company car), or if you are in the military service.

Note: There is a $3.50 processing fee for online permit renewals and ticket payments.

You cannot utilize the online application if you are replacing an existing RPP for any of the following reason(s).

  • Your plate changed:
    • New plate; same vehicle
    • New vehicle; new plate
    • Stolen plate
  • You moved to a different residence:
    • New residence; same district area
    • New residence; different district area

The cost for a replacement permit is only $10.00 and you must provide proof of residence, vehicle registration and insurance, (all documents must have updated information).  You can either download an RPP application here, or visit us at 35 N. 8th Street; Monday – Friday  8:30am – 5 p.m..

Do you have any permit questions? Check out our Permit Primer or get at us on Twitter or Facebook!

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Red-Light Camera Ticket FAQs

Running a red light is no joke — it puts you, pedestrians and other motorists in danger. And aside from putting a dent in your car, you can also put one in your wallet with a whopping $100 fine!

Here’s the deal: In some cases, a red light ticket doesn’t need to be issued in-person by a police officer. It can also be issued through the Red Light Camera Program.

Throughout the Philadelphia area, there are 30 intersections with Red Light Cameras installed, and if a vehicle goes through a red light at these intersections, a violation notice will be automatically sent to the owner’s address.

We encourage all motorists to obey the traffic laws. If you have been issued a fine for running a red light, here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that can help you figure out your next steps:

Question: How do I pay my Red Light Camera ticket?

Answer: If the Red Light Camera violation is not past due, you have four options to make a payment.

  1. By mail: To Red Light Camera Program, P.O. Box 597, Baltimore, MD 21203-0597
  2. In person: At 45 N. 8th Street
  3. Over the phone: Call 1-844-248-0449
  4. Online: Red Light Camera violations under 30 days old can be paid here.

If the violation has gone past due, you also have four options to make a payment.

  1. By mail: To Parking Violations Branch, P.O. Box 41819, Philadelphia, PA 19101
  2. In Person: At 913 Filbert Street
  3. Over the phone: Call 1-888-591-3636
  4. Online: Red Light Camera violations over 30 days old can be paid here.

Note: To make payments online or over the phone, you will need your citation and PIN numbers. If you’re paying by mail, checks and money orders can be made out to the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Cash payments are not accepted through mail.

Question: Can I be put on a payment plan for Red Light Camera tickets?

Answer: No payment plans are given for Red Light Camera violations.

Question: Can I dispute a Red Light Camera ticket I received?

Answer: Yes, you may request a hearing within 30 days of receiving your Notice of Violation. If you don’t make a payment or request a hearing within 30 days of the date of your Notice of Violation, you will lose your right to a hearing and additional penalties will be added to your original fine.

If you would like to request a hearing within 30 days of the date of your Notice of Violation, you have three options:

 

  1. By mail: Fill out the Hearing Request Form attached to your Notice of Violation and mail to the Red Light Camera Program, P.O. Box 597, Baltimore, MD 21203-0597.
  2. Online: You can schedule a hearing online here. Just make sure you have your citation or Personal Identification Number (PIN) ready.
  3. Over the phone: Call 1-844-248-0449

Question: Can I have access to the video/pictures showing my violation?

Answer: Yes, you can view full color images and video here. Just make sure you have your citation or PIN ready.

Question: What are the locations of Red Light Cameras?

Answer: All Red Light Camera locations are listed on our website here and on this interactive map.

 

Any more questions? Let’s hear them on Twitter or Facebook! And remember — pump those breaks!

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#TBT: Penn’s Landing AutoPark

#TBT AutoPark at Penn's Landing # 1Alright, folks. Time for another stroll down the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s (PPA) Memory Lane.

If you visited Penn’s Landing in the mid ‘90s, there’s a good chance you parked at our lot under the bridge, then made a beeline for South Street.

For nearly five years, the PPA operated the aptly named AutoPark at Penn’s Landing. With over 200 parking spaces, you could park for only $4 before taking in the waterfront, or exploring the always vibrant South Street.

#TBT AutoPark at Penn's Landing # 2Fun fact: The grand opening ceremony was such a big deal, Fredo Corleone showed up!

Ok — so that’s not Fredo, it’s Rocky Morroto, the PPA’s Director of Off-Street Parking, but isn’t the resemblance uncanny? No need for a Halloween costume for Rocky in those years.

Fast forward to 2015: the PPA no longer operates the lot at Penn’s Landing and Rocky’s hair is grayer than clay, but he’s still making sure our garages are on the up and up!

If you’re looking for parking, check out what our current garages and lots have to offer. And if you’re interested in some of the improvements we’re making, check out our 8th & Filbert garage transformation!

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Parking Fails: Volume 1

We’ve all seen our share of bad parking jobs. You know — the types that leave you scratching your head wondering what could have possibly been going through the driver’s mind before turning off the ignition. In fact, some park jobs are so mind boggling, they become Internet viral sensations. Take a look at the gems below and learn from the best, or in this case, the worst.

 

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There are only two explanations for this one: Either the car merely fell out of the sky, or Ace Ventura went for a joy ride.

Either way, hopefully the owner of the silver Honda had some sort of sense of humor. Maybe their reaction was something like this, but it probably wasn’t.

 

 

 

Parking Fail # 2Parking Fail #2

Sinkholes: they’ll getcha. Imagine walking out of the grocery store to your car only to find it swallowed by the earth. On the surface, the driver appeared to have a superb park job, so this isn’t a parking fail on the driver’s part, but definitely on the parking lot’s part. This is a particularly bad case of “wrong place wrong time.” Could you imagine the call to the insurance company? “Hi, State Farm? Soooo, my car got gobbled up by a sinkhole. I’m covered, right?

 

 

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This police officer definitely went home with a story that night. Just look at how he’s trying to process the situation here.

Officer: “Whelp. I think a see the problem here. Ya see, there’s a car wedged in between two other cars.”

What was the recourse here? Even the best tow truck drivers in the world would be dumbfounded. They probably would recommend getting a crane in there, and we don’t blame them.

Do you have a funny or ridiculous parking pic? Share it with us on Twitter or Facebook! Who knows — maybe it’ll be featured on the next edition of Parking Fails!

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Taxis For All Philadelphia In Support of Order 126-11: Modern Taxicab Standards

You are stranded and alone. It is 2 a.m., you are 10 miles from your home, and there is no bus route you can take back. Most have stopped running anyway. You call for a cab for the eighth time, but there is still not a single vehicle in the whole city to take you home. You have been waiting for three hours, hoping that one will come on duty. All you can do is wait.

It is a story common to more than 120,000 people with mobility disabilities in Philadelphia. You do everything right—you call for a ride from a taxicab company (often days beforehand, as is the current policy for wheelchair accessible vehicles) and your ride just never shows up. And when they stand you up, you’re stuck waiting on that lonely corner.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority’s Proposed Rulemaking Order 126-11 ”Modern Taxicab Standards” would solve this problem. The new regulation will require vehicles purchased for taxicab service after a designated date to be wheelchair accessible. If this rule is approved, the precedent of universal accessibility will be set here in Philadelphia and other cities across the nation will be urged to follow suit. We have waited on that lonely street corner long enough.

Accessibility is a civil right. Twenty-five years after the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, politicians and businesses alike are still disregarding the rights of people with disabilities. As with every struggle for civil rights, a shift will only occur through the efforts of those with the strength and courage to correct injustice. We must continue the fight.

This regulation is about more than transportation. Being able to utilize a responsive transit system means being able to participate in society. Being heard and understood starts with being able to come to the table. Accessibility is the first step toward awareness and acceptance, and we can’t afford to wait any longer.

Your part starts with submitting a public comment in support of this rulemaking. It starts with you going to http://www.philapark.org/2015/06/proposed-rulemaking-126-11-modern-taxicab-standards/ and sending an email.

Let’s make the City of Brotherly Love the first city in America with a fully accessible, fully integrated taxicab system—with liberty and taxis for all.

 

Note: The above text was drafted by Taxis For All Philadelphia, an advocacy group promoting unhindered taxicab accessibility for those with mobility disabilities.   

 

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#TBT: AutoPark at Center City

#TBT 15th & ArchIn late 2014, you probably noticed that we added the brand spankin’ new Family Courthouse Garage to our slew of AutoParks in Center City. For this month’s #TBT, we’re not dwelling on 2014. Instead, we’re heading back to the same location in 1992.

Before becoming the Family Courthouse Garage, 1503 Arch Street was a surface lot called AutoPark Center City. In 1992, the AutoPark Center City opened for public use and was constantly filled to the brim until it closed up shop in 2010.

Clearly a lot has changed since 1992. Just look at the first customer’s truck and compare it to today’s Ford F150s! One thing hasn’t changed: 1503 Arch Street is still a perfect jumping off point for a good ole walking tour of Philly.

Now that you’ve stepped into 1992 — jump back to 2015 and see what our Family Courthouse Garage has to offer!

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When Parking in Philly is FREE!

4104988795_7451dc4c65_zAs consumers, we LOVE hearing the word free, right? And what’s not to like? It’s always refreshing to pull money out of your wallet only to be told to put it back.

We don’t want Philadelphians missing out on parking deals, especially when they’re free. That’s why we threw together a blog highlighting when parking is free in Philly! Take a look below and reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook with any questions! Also — don’t forget to check out the official PPA Parking Cheat-Sheet!

 

Holiday Parking:

Throughout each year, the PPA does not enforce parking meters on select holidays. In other words — FREE meter parking on the days listed below. Additionally, time limits on residential blocks are not enforced on:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

We also offer free meter parking on Saturdays after 11 a.m. from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

 

Photo Credit: Alan Cleaver via Flickr

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