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City, SEPTA and PPA Join Forces to Tackle Center City Congestion

PHILADELPHIA – City officials joined with partners at SEPTA and the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) today to announce a new effort to address Center City congestion. This will kick off starting September 24, with an initial focus on illegal movements along Market and Chestnut Streets that impact Philadelphians riding buses, walking, bicycling and driving.

In recent years, Center City’s growth has contributed to an increase in the number of pedestrians, transit riders, bikers and drivers of all types that share its narrow street grid. Philadelphia has grown by more than 50,000 residents and jobs since 2010, and Center City is now the second most dense downtown in the United States – behind only midtown Manhattan. The resulting traffic congestion impacts the lives of residents throughout the city, costing them valuable time, and limits their ability to reliably access employment opportunities and amenities.

“People need to get to where they are going – to work, to school, to see their loved ones – and not worry about getting stuck in traffic. It’s that simple. That is why the City is joining forces with SEPTA and the PPA to put this project in motion. We don’t need any new legislation, we are just enforcing laws already on the books,” said Mayor Jim Kenney.

Congestion contributes to higher operating costs for SEPTA, and impacts service for customers.

“Our region is Pennsylvania’s economic engine, and it works because mass transit works,” said SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel. “Unmanaged traffic compromises our ability to move people through a dense, urban area. This partnership is crucial to ensure that SEPTA can keep the economy moving.”

During this enforcement effort, the PPA will be placing a special emphasis on no stopping and standing violations within vital bus lanes along with other offenses that add to congestion and create public safety issues.

“We are proud to partner with SEPTA, and the City of Philadelphia to deter illegal parking in vital bus lanes,” said PPA Executive Director Scott Petri. “Our goal is not to issue tickets, but rather deter if not stop unsafe behavior and eliminate congestion from our streets.”

The initial focus of this initiative will enhance enforcement of the bus, bike, and right-turn only lanes on Market and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia. Chestnut Street will be prioritized for enforcement between 22nd and 10th Streets; Market will be enforced between 7th and 13th. The only acceptable use of the lanes are right turns. All other activity including stopping/standing, loading, or traveling through the intersection is prohibited.

To aid the Market and Chestnut enforcement effort, fresh line striping of bus lanes was completed on both Market and Chestnut streets. SEPTA supervisors have been providing warnings and educational pamphlets to drivers in violation in recent weeks. On September 24 enhanced enforcement will commence.

This a joint initiative of the City of Philadelphia, SEPTA and the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

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PPA to Participate In Annual Park(ing) Day on Friday – September 21st


On September 21, you’ll probably notice miniature parks sprouting up in some of Philadelphia’s metered parking spots; parks that weren’t there the day before. That’s because Philadelphia is one of many cities around the world hosting International Park(ing) Day.

Here’s the scoop:

Park(ing) Day is an annual event dedicated to showcasing how public spaces can be designed to better serve us all. For the past 10 years, local businesses, artists, and even individual citizens, have worked together to transform some of our on street parking spaces into alluring urban dwellings called parklets. We’re talking everything from miniature parks to miniature cafes popping up on Philly’s metered parking spaces.

In Philadelphia alone, you can expect to see over 50 parklets sprouting up throughout the day on Friday, September 21st — and if you’re in the area of 7th and Market Streets, our recycling-themed parklet will give you a convenient spot to sip on your coffee, read a book, or even eat your lunch. But of course the fun won’t only be limited to 7th and Market Streets. If you want to do a Park(ing) Day tour of Philadelphia, the below interactive map shows you where to find all the parklets throughout the city.



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Where to Park for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

‘Tis the Running Season

It’s that time of year again! This September, runners from all around the Philadelphia region will meet at the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art steps to run either 13.1 miles, 10K, or 5K at the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.

The Lowdown

The 5K will kick off the two-day event on Saturday, September 15th at 7:00 a.m., and the 10K will follow at 7:30 a.m. Then, on Sunday, September 16th, the half marathon will begin at 7:30 a.m. on the Ben Franklin Parkway and N. 22nd Street.

As runners make it across the finish line, they’ll be greeted with live rock and roll performances and a complimentary beer at Eakins Oval. On top of that, anyone who participates in both race days will earn an additional medal.

For the complete rundown on this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, check out the event website.

Where should you park?

Since the streets will be packed full of runners, you can expect road closures and a shortage of street parking on race days. Luckily, our 19th and Callowhill lot and Gateway Parking Garage are within close walking distance, and they both offer discounted weekend rates. Spots will likely fill up quick, so plan accordingly and check out the rates below.

If you would rather find street parking, make sure you use meterUP, our mobile payment app. With meterUP, you can even feed your parking meter while running in your race!  


1901 Callowhill St.

Philadelphia, PA 19130


  • Weekends: $11.00 (flat rate per day)


1540 Vine St.

Philadelphia, PA 19102


  • Weekends: $7.00 (flat rate per day)

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Photo courtesy Competitor Group, Inc. via Visit Philly


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Where to Park for the Made in America Festival

Have you heard? Jay-Z is coming back to The Ben Franklin Parkway with Made in America, his two-day annual music festival. On Labor Day weekend (September 1–2) a star-studded lineup hits the stage with a wide variety of artists that’ll please every member of your crew. Performers include Jay-Z himself, beloved Philadelphia native Meek Mill, EDM genius Zedd and many others.

Now, onto parking:

More than 80,000 people are expected to head to the parkway for the festivities. Luckily, parking locations including Gateway Garage, 19th and Callowhill and the Family Courthouse Garage are within close walking distance to the festival area. Keeping your car in one of our lots is key to a stress-free experience.

If you do happen to park at a metered spot, there’s no need to rush back to feed it. When you download meterUP, our mobile payment app, you can add additional time from your smartphone and receive an alert when your time is about to expire. Thanks, technology!

View our parking rates below for economical options in the area, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook with any questions. Information on parking restrictions during the event can also be found here. 


We we will not enforce meters or time limits on residential blocks  Monday, September 3. Happy Labor Day, Philly!


1503-11 Arch St.

Philadelphia, PA 19102


  • 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)          


1540 Vine St.

Philadelphia, PA 19102


  • 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


1901 Callowhill St.

Philadelphia, PA 19130


  • 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


Photo by Made in America courtesy of  Visit Philadelphia

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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 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:

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 or call (215) 580-7800, and 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:

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, 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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Dónde parquear durante el festival Made in America

¿Se enteró? Jay-Z regresa al Ben Franklin Parkway con Made in America, su festival anual de música de dos días. Durante el fin de semana del Día del Trabajo (1 y 2 de septiembre) un elenco estelar se adueña del escenario con una amplia variedad de artistas que complacerá a todos. Entre los artistas están Jay-Z en persona; Meek Mill, hijo querido de Filadelfia; Zedd, genio de la EDM, y muchos más.

Ahora, hablemos de los parqueos:

Para estas festividades, se espera que más de 80,000 personas acudan al Franklin Parkway. Afortunadamente, los lugares de parqueo, entre ellos Gateway Garage, 19th and Callowhill y el Family Courthouse Garage, están a una corta distancia a pie de la zona del festival. Para una experiencia sin estrés durante las actividades, estacione su carro en uno de nuestros espacios.

Si se parquea en un lugar con parquímetro, no necesita regresar a él a toda prisa para recargar dinero. Solo tiene que descargar meterUP, nuestra aplicación de pago móvil. De esta manera, puede agregar tiempo adicional desde su teléfono inteligente y recibir una alerta cuando la recarga de tiempo esté a punto de vencer. ¡Todo ello gracias a la tecnología!

Para enterarse de las opciones económicas que se ofrecen en la zona, consulte las tarifas de estacionamiento que le presentamos a continuación y, si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en ponerse en contacto con nosotros a través de Twitter o Facebook.


El lunes, 3 de septiembre, se suspenden tanto el pago de parquímetros como la necesidad del Permiso de Estacionamiento de Residente en las zonas residenciales. ¡Feliz Día del Trabajo, Filadelfia!


1503-11 Arch St.

Philadelphia, PA 19102


  • Hasta media hora: $6.00
  • Hasta 1 hora: $13.00
  • Hasta 1.5 horas: $19.00
  • Hasta 2 horas: $25.00
  • Hasta 12 horas: $27.00
  • Hasta 24 horas: $29.00
  • Fines de semana: $11.00 (tarifa única por día)


1540 Vine St.

Philadelphia, PA 19102


  • Hasta 20 minutos: $3.00
  • Cada 20 minutos adicionales (o fracción): $3.00
  • Hasta 10 horas: $16.00
  • Más de 10 horas: $20.00
  • Tarifa de noche (entrando después de las 5 p.m., saliendo antes de las 9 a.m.): $5.00
  • Fines de semana (tarifa única por día): $7.00


1901 Callowhill St.

Philadelphia, PA 19130


  • Hasta 1 hora: $6.00
  • Hasta 2 horas: $11.00
  • Hasta 12 horas: $17.00
  • Hasta 24 horas: $12.00
  • Fines de semana: $12.00 (tarifa única por día)
  • Noche (entrando después de las 5 p.m., saliendo antes de las 9 a.m.): $9.00

Foto por Made in America cortesía de Visit Philadelphia

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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.”






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