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Getting Parked for Wizard World

 

Come Thursday, June 1, don’t be surprised if you see Chewbaccas, Storm Troopers or Obi-Wan Kenobis  strolling the Center City streets. That’s because Wizard World Comic Con has returned to the Pennsylvania Convention Center!

Here’s the scoop:

Pop culture will come to life. . . in a big way. Whether you’re a comic book junkie, wrestling fan, or a binge watcher of sitcoms, you’ll find something that tickles your senses. In fact, visitors will be given a chance to meet many of their favorite pop culture icons. Take a look at the show hours listed below and pick a date! Or heck — if you’re that dedicated, attend all four days!

Thursday, June 1, 2017 – 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Friday, June 2, 2017 – 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Saturday, June 3, 2017 – 10:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday, June 4, 2017 – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Now before deciding which celeb you want to take a selfie with, make sure you plan ahead so you’re not at the back of the line! Luckily if you’re driving into Center City, we have three parking facilities within close walking distance to the PA Convention Center.  Check out the rates and locations below — and don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook with any questions.

PARKADE ON 8TH

801 Filbert Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

Rates:

  • Up to 1/2 hour – $5.00
  • 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
  • Up to 24 hours – $22.00

AUTOPARK AT GALLERY MALL

44 North 9th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

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
  • Up to 24 hours – $22.00

FAMILY COURTHOUSE GARAGE

1503-11 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Rates:

  • Up to 1/2 hour – $5.00
  • 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
  • Up to 24 hours – $28.00     
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Parking 101: A Workshop on Avoiding Parking Tickets

 

We want parking your vehicle to be the least of your worries when you drive in the city to work, play or visit.  That’s why we are excited to offer this free workshop to anyone who feels the same.

If you:

1)  Get parking tickets

2)  Find parking signs confusing

3)  Cringe at the thought of parallel parking

4)  Want to learn how to avoid tickets and park safely in the city

Then, we cordially invite you to attend our FREE public workshop- “Street Parking 101.”

On Saturday, June 17th, 2017, we will host a two-hour, fact and fun-filled workshop from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at our headquarters, located at 701 Market Street.

SPACE WILL BE LIMITED, so please send an email today to partnerwithppa@philapark.org to register and find out more information.  Registration will be closed on Friday, June 9th at 5:00.

  •    Hear from your own Parking Enforcement Officers the tricks to avoid tickets and readily understand any parking sign you may come across!
  •    Get one-on-one, hands on instruction from a certified driving instructor on how to parallel park like a pro!
  •    Learn tips on parking and driving safety for two and four wheeled vehicles!

Spend your Saturday morning with us, complete the course, and then enjoy two hours of complimentary parking on us at our newly renovated Parkade on 8th parking garage!  We encourage you to enjoy your afternoon with nearby shopping, wonderful eating establishments and great historical attractions.

Again, SPACE WILL BE LIMITED, so please send an email today to partnerwithppa@philapark.org to register and find out more information. Registration will be closed on Friday, June 9th at 5:00.

We look forward to seeing you on June 17th!

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PPA Funding Part 1

 

The Philadelphia Parking Authority has multiple priorities and goals that guide our daily operations. These goals include:

  • Provide comprehensive on-street parking management services.
  • Set standards of excellence and fair pricing through the construction and management of off-street parking facilities.
  • Assist in presenting a first rate introduction to the region by providing attractive, user friendly, on-site parking facilities at the Philadelphia International Airport.
  • Ensure safe, attractive, reliable taxicab, limousine and transportation network services through sound regulations and consistent enforcement.
  • Improve traffic and pedestrian safety through automated red light camera enforcement at dangerous intersections.
  • Apply new technology and continue professional staff development to ensure the highest quality public service and the greatest efficiency in all operations.

As we strive to accomplish these goals, and in accordance with the law,  we are also responsible to provide revenue to the City’s general fund and Philadelphia School District.

How these funds are disbursed to the City’s general fund and Philadelphia School District can be confusing and complex to understand. With that said, we aim to explain how these funds are disbursed in the below FAQs:

 

What PPA Revenue Streams are Allocated for the City’s General Fund and Philadelphia School District?

By law, all of PPA’s on-street operations net revenue is allocated to the City’s general fund and Philadelphia School District.  On-street operations revenue is generated from meter payments, permit fees, parking fines, vehicle auction proceeds and booting and towing fees.

 

How much of the PPA’s On-Street Revenue is given to the City’s General Fund and Philadelphia School District?

 

By law, each fiscal year the PPA is responsible to provide all net-revenue from on-street operations to the City’s General Fund and Philadelphia School District. In fiscal year 2017, we provided over forty-five million dollars ($45 million) to the City’s General Fund and Philadelphia School District.

 

How much of the PPA’s On-Street Revenue is forwarded to the City’s General Fund?

In 2014, the PA General Assembly set an annual minimum threshold of thirty-five million dollars ($35 million) to be disbursed to the City’s general fund. By law, it was also mandated that any percentage increase in gross revenue from on-street operations in a given fiscal year is applied to the total amount given to the City’s general fund.  In Fiscal Year 2017 we contributed $35,350,417 to the City’s general fund.

 

Explain the  “percentage increase” to me. What is it?

In 2014, the PA General Assembly’s legislation also provided a formula to annually raise the minimum amount of thirty-five million dollars ($35 million) given to the City’s general fund based off the prior year’s increase in gross revenue. That minimum has increased to over thirty-seven million dollars ($37 million) and can never drop, even during a decrease in on-street operations gross revenue due to weather emergencies or other factors.  

 

In Fiscal Years 2015 -2017, less than thirty-seven million dollars ($37 million) was disbursed to the City’s General Fund. Why?

Beginning in fiscal year 2015, it was agreed that Bureau of Administrative Adjudication (BAA) expenses would be charged to the City (General Fund) so funding to the School District would not be affected.  This resulted in an extra three million dollars ($3 million) being disbursed to the School District between fiscal years 2015 and 2017.

 

How much of the PPA’s On-Street Revenue is forwarded to the Philadelphia School District?

Also in accordance with the law, after the minimum is disbursed to the City’s general fund, the Philadelphia School District receives the remaining net-revenue generated from on-street parking operations.  In Fiscal Year 2017 we contributed $9,766,043 to the Philadelphia School District. Unlike the City’s general fund, there is no minimum threshold amount disbursed to the Philadelphia School District.

 

Can the PPA designate how funds are distributed to the City’s General Fund and/or Philadelphia School District?

The Parking Authority has no say in how these funds are distributed.  Mandated by statute according to Act 84, passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 2012, all net revenues from on-street parking operations are disbursed to the City’s general fund and Philadelphia School District.

 

Is there a breakdown of how the funds were disbursed throughout the past fiscal years?

Yes, the chart below provides a breakdown of how funds were disbursed to the  City’s General Fund and School District between fiscal years 2015 and 2017. Between fiscal years 2015 and 2017, an average of forty-six million dollars ($46 million) was disbursed to the City’s General Fund and Philadelphia School District.

 

 

Disclaimer:

The financial figures for Fiscal Year 2017 provided within are unaudited and are subject to change. 

 

PHOTO CREDITS:

Towey Recreation Center: Malerie Yolen-Cohen 

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PPA at Work: Officers Instructed on Supporting Public Safety

The job of a Parking Enforcement Officer entails more than just issuing parking violations.  As a large force that is present daily on our city streets, they can be the eyes and ears for other city agencies, as well as ambassadors for the public in general. In a continued effort to support public safety, officers report dangerous street conditions, malfunctioning traffic lights as well as report children and dogs left alone in vehicles.

In recognizing the important role your enforcement officers can play, the PPA is partnering with Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services and Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual Disability Services to provide  officers with comprehensive Homeless Services and Behavioral Health training.

Speaking to the officers in training, PPA Executive Director, Clarena Tolson said, “As a public service agency with hundreds of boots on the ground on a daily basis, we’re happy to expand the city’s resources and help support safety on our streets.”

This comprehensive safety initiative educates our officers by first teaching them to recognize circumstances that may have the potential to put members of the public in danger.  They are also taught what to do if this situation arises and who they should contact to address the situation.  This training will assist us in not only keeping our employees safe on the streets, but others as well.

To learn more about Philadelphia’s homeless population, visit the  websites of  Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services or Department of Behavioral Health & Disability Services.  

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Funding PPA Municipal Lots

A vital component of our obligation to residents and visitors is to provide safe, affordable and convenient off-street parking options in our city.

Recognizing the limited street space available in our neighborhoods, we operate and maintain 43 neighborhood lots throughout the city. Of those 43 lots, 25 are free to both residents and visitors alike. Additionally, we also provide 18 neighborhood lots that charge a nominal daily or monthly fee for parking.

As we strive to provide quality services to the public, there are significant on-going maintenance costs. Lots are kept clear of snow in the winter, clean at all times, well lit, and safe for vehicles and pedestrians alike.

Advertising is one option we have used for over 20 years at these lots to allow us to continue providing this service at little or no cost to the public, while at the same time help off-set the annual cost to maintain the lots.

By law, all revenue generated from off-street parking fees and advertising are not combined with the revenue produced by on-street operations.  Additionally, on-street revenue is directed to the City’s general fund and School District and cannot be used to maintain off-street facilities. This year on-street operations generated over forty-seven million dollars ($47 million) for the City’s general fund and School District.

We hope to continue in our mission to provide safe, affordable and convenient off-street parking options and welcome input from the public.  We invite you to partner with us to craft a solution that will work for your neighborhood and also allow us to provide you with this service in the most cost-effective manner.

We thank you in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.

Please reach out to us on Twitter and Facebook, or directly to our Facilities Director at RMorrotto@philapark.org

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Where to Park for the Broad Street Run

Cue up “Eye of the Tiger” and dust off those running shoes. The Broad Street run is sprinting through Philly this weekend!

Here’s the scoop:

Bright and early at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 7, close to 40,000 runners are expected to line up at Broad and West Fisher streets before making the 10-mile trek through Philly’s main artery. The ambitious runners will be met with cheers from thousands of spectators while sweating it out all the way to the Philadelphia Naval Yard. For the full run-down on the Broad Street Run, head here.

Here’s the thing: With Broad Street blocked off to accommodate the race, it’s definitely a good idea — especially when it comes to parking — to plan ahead.

As luck would have it, we’ll have you covered parking-wise with our five conveniently located Center City garages, all of which are only a couple blocks away from Broad Street. Take a look at the rates below and feel free to reach out to us via Twitter or Facebook with any questions!

 

FAMILY COURTHOUSE GARAGE
1503-11 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19102

Rates:

  • Weekend Rate – $11.00 (Exit by 6 a.m.)

 

AUTOPARK AT JEFFERSON
14-18 S. 10th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Rates:

  • Early Bird Rate – $16.00 (Enter before 10 a.m., exit by 6 p.m.)

 

GATEWAY PARKING GARAGE
1540 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
Entrances on Spring and 16th streets

Rates:

  • Weekend Rate – $7.00

 

PARKADE ON 8TH
801 Filbert St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Rates:

  • Early Bird Rate – $12.50 (Enter 10 a.m., exit by 7 p.m.)

 

AUTOPARK AT GALLERY MALL
44 North 9th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Rates:

  • Early Bird Rate – $13.00 (Enter before 10 a.m., exit by 6 p.m.)

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Independence Blue Cross via Flickr

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Top 5 Reasons to Ride the PHLASH

Guest Post by Independence Visitor Center Corporation

In many ways, the Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop™ remains one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

The service has been around since 1994, and hit its all-time high for ridership last year. Yet, there are still plenty of visitors and locals who are not aware of all that the PHLASH has to offer.

Even if your ride was among the 314,000 the PHLASH made in 2016, you probably aren’t taking advantage of everything the service has to offer. Here is our list of the top reasons to ride the PHLASH:

Top 5 Reasons to Ride the PHLASH

  1. Excellent Customer Service: Did you know that the Independence Visitor Center Corporation began managing the PHLASH in 2012? That means we apply our same high standards of customer service and attention to visitor needs to the transit service.
  2. “Park & Ride” Discount Program: For anyone driving into Philadelphia, PHLASH’s “Park & Ride” program offers a discounted rate at the following Philadelphia Parking Authority facilities for those who present a PHLASH pass:

So leave the stress of city traffic to the professionals—park your car and ride PHLASH for the day!

  1. Clean + Comfortable Vehicles: In 2014, the PHLASH service transitioned from using trolleys to state-of-the-art New Flyer MiDi buses, operated by Krapf’s Coaches. The buses are large, seating up to 32 passengers comfortably, with large windows for great city views. They are air conditioned, ADA compliant, made in the USA, and use the latest in clean diesel technology. The PHLASH vehicles provide such a pleasant riding experience that the PHLASH was even named one of “10 Places to Mooch Free Air Conditioning in Philadelphia” by Philadelphia Magazine!
  2. Exclusive Route: Like everything else about the PHLASH, its route is designed with the visitor in mind. The PHLASH travels from the Delaware River Waterfront to Fairmount Park, making 22 stops located near popular destinations and attractions, including: Penn’s Landing, the National Museum of Jewish American History, The Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Perelman Building, Eastern State Penitentiary, The Franklin Institute, National Constitution Center, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, the Shops at Liberty Place, the Please Touch Museum, the Philadelphia Zoo, One Liberty Observation Deck, and the brand-new Museum of the American Revolution.
    The PHLASH is the ONLY public transit route that travels along Philadelphia’s iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway, providing access to the city’s Museum District.
  3. FREE Rides: At just $2 per ride or $5 for an all-day pass, the PHLASH is the most affordable way to travel around the city for everyone. But for many, the PHLASH is completely free! Among the groups who can always ride PHLASH for free: SEPTA Pass and Key card holders, seniors 65 and older; and children 4 and under.

If you haven’t yet experienced the benefits of riding the PHLASH, you’re in luck because daily service for the season resumes on Monday, May 1!

 

PHOTO CREDIT:  Jeff Fusco for the IVCC

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Getting Parked During the NFL Draft

If the past year has taught us anything about Philly, it’s that we know how to host big events—and we’ll be reminded of our event hosting prowess from April 27-29 as the NFL Draft sets up shop on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

With more than 200,000 fans expected to attend, the 2017 NFL Draft Experience will offer families and devoted NFL fans a plethora of interactive experiences, including a 100-yard zipline and a selfie opportunity with the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy! Not a bad deal considering the draft experience is free to attend. For the complete run-down on the must-do attractions during the 2017 NFL Draft Experience, click here.

A word to the wise: To gain access to exclusive events during the NFL Draft Experience, register for the Fan Mobile Pass.

Now onto parking:
First things first: Throughout the duration of the NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience, there will be traffic and parking restrictions on and around the Ben Franklin Parkway. For a comprehensive list of the restrictions, click here. Maps highlighting the traffic and parking restrictions can also be seen here.  

Residential Parking Permit Holders:
From Monday, April 24 – Monday, May 8, residents who have a valid residential parking permit for District Zone 6 will be permitted to park in District Zone 17. Additionally, District Zone 17 permit holders will be permitted to park within District Zone 6 if necessary. The boundaries for District Zones 6 and 17 can be found here.

Note: Any vehicle not in possession of a valid District Zone 6 and/or District Zone 17 permit parked within these zones will be subject to ticketing after exceeding the posted time limit.


Free Parking for Draft Attendees:
Those attending the NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience can park for FREE at the sports stadium complex located in South Philadelphia. If you plan on parking at the sports stadium complex, you’re encouraged to utilize SEPTA’s Broad Street Line subway, located at Pattison Avenue and Broad Street.  

PPA Parking Facilities Near the NFL Draft:
If you’d rather park closer to all the festivities on the Parkway, the PPA operates three facilities within close walking distance. Check out the rates and locations below. As always, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook with any questions!

 

Gateway Parking Garage:
1540 Vine Street

Rates:

  • Up to 20 Minutes – $3.00
  • Each Additional 20 Minutes (or portion)  – $3.00
  • Up to 10 Hours – $18.00
  • Up to 24 Hours – $22.00
  • Evening Rates (M-F enter AFTER 5 p.m., exit by 9 a.m.) – $5.00
  • Weekend Rate – (Sat & Sun, must exit by Monday at 9am) – $7 per day

 

19th & Callowhill Low
1901 Callowhill Street

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour – $6.00
  • Up to 2 hours – $11.00
  • Up to 12 hours – $17.00
  • Up to 24 hours – $19.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird – Enter before 9 a.m., Exit by 6 p.m. (Monday through Friday) – $11.00
  • Weekends – $11.00 (Flat Rate Per Day)
  • Evening (enter after 5 p.m., exit by 6 a.m. Monday-Friday) – $9.00

 

Family Courthouse Garage:
1503-11 Arch Street

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 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.) – $12.50
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Where to Park for the Philadelphia Science Festival

 

Put your thinking caps on: On April 21, the Philadelphia Science Festival returns for its 7th year! Organized by the Franklin Institute, the nine-day, citywide festival aims to celebrate and build a community around science, engineering and technology to perhaps inspire the next Einstein.

Through April 29, the festival will boast more than 80 events ranging from family outings to workshops for all ages scattered throughout Philly. Get a sneak peak of the festival in the promo reel below:

 

The grand finale comes on Saturday, April 29 during the Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing, where event-goers will be treated to live entertainment, geeky games and dynamic demonstrations. Sound like your cup of tea? Plan ahead and map out your experience by checking out the event guide here.

Before unleashing the nerdiness within you, let’s get you parked. With all the events and workshops scattered throughout Philly, you’ll find conveniently located parking at one of our seven Center City garages. If you’re holding out for the Science Carnival on April 29, our Old City AutoPark is located only blocks away from the festivities. Check out the rates below and give us a holler on Twitter or Facebook if you have any questions!

 

Old City AutoPark:
2nd & Sansom Streets

Rates:

  • Up to 1/2 hour – $4.00
  • Up to 1 hours – $8.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours – $12.50
  • Up to 2 hours – $16.50
  • Up to 12 hours – $18.50
  • Up to 24 hours – $20.50

Specials:

Early Bird – Enter by 9 a.m., exit by 6 p.m. – $10.50

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PPA Suspends Mobile App Payments

 

(PHILADELPHIA) — Executive Director Clarena Tolson announced that the Philadelphia Parking Authority will suspend parking meter payments through the mobile payment app, meterUp powered by Pango, at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, April 12.  “Financial problems being experienced by its service provider, Pango USA, led us to conclude that we must suspend this payment option,” Tolson said.  Motorists who use the app will be able to use kiosks for payment.

In making the announcement, Tolson “apologized for any inconvenience this unavoidable disruption may cause customers” and stressed that “other forms of payment, including cash, coins and credit cards are accepted at all kiosks.”

Pango USA is a privately held company which provides the digital system that powers the meterUp app. Pango told the PPA that it is experiencing revenue shortfalls and is unable to pay its contractors including its credit card processor. The Authority will release a new Request for Proposals this week, however the selection and implementation process may take several months to complete.

The Parking Authority first partnered with Pango USA to launch the app in November of 2015. The company was sold in October 2016, and the new owners have been trying to maintain meterUp without interruption. However, those efforts proved unsuccessful.

“I want to apologize for any disruption in this convenient service. I anticipate that we will have a new company with adequate resources and history of success to provide stable service this summer,” Tolson added.

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