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Scooter & Motorcycle Parking Update

Scooter PicFinding a common ground — how do you do it? Well, you could start with a conversation, and that’s exactly what the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) and the Motorcycle and Scooter Coalition of Philadelphia did.

For the past few months, the PPA and the Motorcycle and Scooter Coalition have had many great discussions regarding the concerns of scooter and motorcycle riders in Philadelphia. These productive conversations have allowed us to create a plan to address many of the concerns of scooter and motorcycle riders throughout the city.

As motorcycles and scooters add to the diverse transportation system in Philadelphia, the PPA will continue working to provide sufficient access and safety for all commuters. With that said — check out the plan below:

  1. PPA will offer an annual “virtual permit” for scooter and motorcycle riders. The annual $250 permit will start on February 1, 2015 and will allow unlimited parking at any corral. Three-month virtual permits will also be available for purchase for $75.  Please note, the permits are only valid for parking at designated scooter & motorcycle corrals.  Permits will be available for purchase starting January 20, 2015 at PPA’s Customer Service Department at 35 North 8th Street.  Riders will need proof of insurance and a vehicle registration to obtain a virtual permit.  For more information, please call 215-683-9730.
  1. Meters will not be reinstalled at corrals. Vehicles parked in corrals must have a virtual permit or display a valid kiosk receipt. If a rider purchases $5 worth of time at a kiosk, they can use the receipt to park all day at any corral.
      • We highly encourage scooter and motorcyclists to purchase locking permit display holders depicted here to avoid theft of kiosk receipts. Display holders are also easy to make with a few simple hardware items. Instructions to build your own display holders can be found here.
      • If you don’t have a permit holder, we encourage scooter and motorcyclists to take a picture of their receipt. That way if it’s stolen and a ticket is issued, the pictures will serve as evidence if you choose to contest it. These pictures can also be forwarded to us via Facebook and Twitter.
      • If you purchased $5 worth of time with a credit card, the last four digits will verify your purchase. That way if the receipt is stolen and a ticket is issued, the credit card transaction will serve as evidence if you choose to contest it.
  1. Dense parking is allowed at corrals. This means you can park as many vehicles that can reasonably fit into the corrals. Please be conscientious when parking to avoid any damage to other vehicles.
  1. On residential blocks, including those in Center City and University City which are posted for Residential Permit Parking (RPP), motorcycles and scooters will be permitted to park on the sidewalk in front of the operator’s residence under the following conditions:
  • The block is posted for RPP and the motorcycle or scooter has a valid RPP permit for that district. A Day Pass or Temporary RPP permit issued to a resident’s visitor will also be honored.
  • The scooter or motorcycle must be parked against the building and must not interfere with pedestrian travel.
  • The operator must have the permission of the property owner.
  • Motorcycles and scooters must be turned off and walked from the curb to the place it is parked on the sidewalk.
  • On unregulated residential blocks, motorcycles or scooters may park in front of their home without a permit as long as the other conditions are met.

The motorcycle/scooter Residential Permit costs $35 a year and it is not included in the tiered scale of permits, so it does not affect the cost of any other permits in a single household.  Permits may be purchased at 35 North 8th Street with proof of residence, vehicle insurance and registration.

  1. Signs will be installed instructing non-permit riders to purchase time at kiosks to pay for corral parking. Enforcement at corrals will begin February 1, 2015.
  2. Scooters and motorcycles are not permitted to park in bicycle corrals.

We’d like to thank the members of the Motorcycle and Scooter Coalition for all of their hard work and dedication to make Philadelphia a motorcycle and scooter friendly city!

If you have any questions or concerns, continue the conversation and reach out to us via Twitter or Facebook.

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Residential Parking Districts: There’s a Map for That

RPP MapWhenever you need guidance or directions, what do you do? Maybe whip out your phone and plug directions into Google Maps? Or maybe you pull over at a rest stop for an old-fashioned, printed road map? Either way, you’re consulting a map.

Nowadays, there’s a map for everything. Visitors have them for must-see attractions in Philly and news anchors use them to highlight political landscapes.

But if you’re a Philly resident, what if you wanted to find your residential parking permit (RPP) district? Guess what? There’s a map for that.

A few months ago, Lauren Ancona, Data Scientist from the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Information and Technology, developed a slick and easy-to-navigate map highlighting the RPP districts in the city.

The map is pretty cut and dry: just click on one of the colored layers and it will indicate which RPP district you’re in. But if you need more information on RPPs, check out our permit primer. We can also field any questions you may have through Twitter and Facebook!

Note: This map shows perimeters of the RPP districts. Individual streets inside may not be a part of RPP zones and are all subject to change. With that said, the Philadelphia Parking Authority cannot guarantee the accuracies of this map. Furthermore, should you have any questions regarding residential parking,  please click here or call 215-683-9730.

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Signs Explained: Reserved Parking for Disabled Persons

SignsSigns: they’re everywhere, both figuratively and literally. Sometimes if you don’t read those signs, consequences will ensue. When it comes to parking, reading and understanding a sign is the difference between getting a parking ticket and remaining ticketless.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) would rather prevent parking tickets instead of issuing them. But when our Parking Enforcement Officers (PEOs) are walking their beats and come across an illegally parked vehicle, it’s their job to issue a ticket.

Since knowledge always leads to understanding, we’re continuing our “Signs Explained” blog series. Before getting a run-down on the sign pictured to the left, check out this video tutorial from our friends at VisitPhilly and check out our violations page on our new website!

Here’s the breakdown of the sign pictured:

At the top of the sign, the red arrow pointing to the left is a No Stopping Any Time regulation. If a vehicle parks, sits or even stages in a No Stopping Zone, the vehicle could be cited immediately. This means if you stop for just a second to unload groceries or even pick someone up, you could be immediately ticketed.

The green arrow, pointing to the right with its designated times and disabled person symbol, indicates the space is a reserved parking space only for those with a disabled person license plate or disabled person placard . The times indicates the longest amount of time a vehicle can pay and park there. In this case, a vehicle can park for one hour between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and three hours from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Remember though — this spot is reserved for those with physical disabilities. If you park here and don’t have a disability placard or plate, you’ll receive a $301 fine.

So there’s another run-down on one of our signs. If you come across one that’s hard to understand, send us the picture on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll get you squared away.

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Temporarily Prohibit Parking While Moving

truckCabMoving is an exciting experience, but at the same time, it can be dreadful. Sure, it’s thrilling to move into a new environment, but lugging heavy furniture for hours on end isn’t one of life’s highlights. Combine that with the inevitable banging into walls, denting of furniture and of course, figuring out how the heck you’re going to arrange your furniture. But one thing that’s often overlooked while moving is — you guessed it — parking.

Nothing could put a bigger dent in your move than a lack of convenient parking, preferably in front of your new home. You could go on a wild-goose chase for a parking spot blocks away. Or you can temporarily prohibit parking in front of your home, making your move as seamless as possible.

So if you’re planning a move and need convenient parking, contact the Streets Department’s Right of Way Unit at least three business days (72 hours) before your move. Keep in mind: requests made less than three business days before moving will not be processed. There’s also a permit fee of $25 per 40 feet of space (40 feet equals two parking spaces). Requests for moving trucks can be submitted here.

Now you have one less thing to worry about during your move. If you have any questions, get in touch with us through Twitter or Facebook — we’ll move you in the right direction.

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RFP # 14-16 Barrier Gates at Philadelphia International Airport

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written proposals from qualified vendors to furnish Barrier Gates at the Philadelphia International Airport . The sole contact at the Authority shall be Mary Wheeler, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at contracts@philapark.org 

RFP No. 14-16 Notice to Proposers

RFP No. 14-16 Barrier Gates at Airport

RFP # 14-15 Managed Print Services

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written proposals from qualified vendors to provide Managed Print Services. The sole contact at the Authority shall be Mary Wheeler, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at contracts@philapark.org 

14-15 Notice to Proposers

RFP 14-15 Managed Print Services

 

#TBT Olde City AutoPark

#TBT Old City AutoParkWhen you think Old City, a lot of things come to mind. If you’re a tourist, you might think of all the historic sites such as Independence Hall or the Liberty Bell. If you’re an art fan, you might flock to Old City for First Friday, a monthly event which showcases one-of-a-kind art from local artists.

In other words — Old City has something for everyone. Its lively and vibrant culture adds to its reputation of being America’s most historic square mile.

But here lies the question, “Where should I park in Old City?” Well, our aptly named Old City AutoPark offers convenient parking for all tourists, commuters and art fans. Located at 2nd and Sansom Streets, you’re only a few blocks away from taking in Old City’s history and robust art scene.

Speaking of art: for this month’s #TBT, we found this artist’s 1977 sketch of our Old City AutoPark. Though construction was complete in the 1980’s, this sketch offered a near perfect glimpse of what to expect.

Once again, we’d like to thank Margery Sly, Director of the Special Collections Research Center at Temple University, for allowing us to share this piece of PPA history.

 

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RFP # 14-14 Immobilization Equipment

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written proposals from qualified vendors to provide Vehicle Immobilization Equipment (Boots). The sole contact at the Authority shall be Michael McKeown, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at contracts@philapark.org 

For more information, please see below:

 

14-14 Notice to Proposers

 

RFP 14-14 Immobilization Equipment

RFP # 14-13 Traffic Engineering Shuttle Bus Service Study Economy Parking Lot Philadelphia International Airport

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written proposals from qualified engineering firms to perform professional services for a study of the shuttle bus service to the Economy Lot. The sole contact at the Authority shall be Michael McKeown, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at contracts@philapark.org 

For more information, please see below:

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RFP 14-13 Traffic Study of Economy Lot 12-9-14 final

RFP # 14-11 Civil Engineering Repairs to the Storm Water Drainage System Economy Parking Lot Philadelphia International Airport

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Parking Authority (the “Authority”). The Authority is soliciting written proposals from qualified vendors in order to repair  the Storm Water Drainage System in the Economy Parking Lot at the Philadelphia International Airport. The sole contact at the Authority shall be Michael McKeown, Contracts Manager, 701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email at contracts@philapark.org 

For more information, please see below:

14-11 Notice to Proposers

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