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Where to Park for Terror Behind the Walls

You might as well start preparing yourself for something a little frightening this fall because Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls is back, along with zombies, ghosts and ghouls lurking in every nook and cranny.

From Sept. 22 – Nov. 11, 2017 (Check this schedule for select dates) the historical prison opens up its haunted halls for the public to experience some of the scariest sights they have ever seen. Zombie prison guards, nurses, and prisoners will make it hard to fall asleep after this spooky experience. Don’t believe us? Play the video below to get a sneak peek.


Now, Onto Parking:

Thankfully, our 19th and Callowhill lot is just a few blocks away from Eastern State, and there’s no need to worry: Our lot has a strict “NO ZOMBIE ZONE” so parking won’t be a nightmare. If you do end up heading to the amped up history lesson at Eastern State, check out our parking rates below:

19TH & CALLOWHILL STREET LOT

1901 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Rates:

  • Evening (enter after 5 p.m., exit by 6 a.m. Monday-Friday) – $9.00
  • Weekends – $11.00 (flat rate per day)

Need additional parking guidance? Reach out to our team on Facebook or Twitter and we will be at your service!

(Photo Cred: Eastern State Penitentiary)

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Residential Parking in Philadelphia: A Primer on Permits

 

Whether you’re a Philadelphia native or just visiting, there’s a good chance we have got parking permits for you.

But with multiple permits come multiple questions. To make the process smoother, we created a Frequently Asked Questions guide. Check them out below and feel free to reach out with any questions.

FAQ: Parking Permits

How do I get a parking permit for my car?

If your street or neighborhood has permit parking, you can request a residential parking permit for your vehicle. To be eligible for a residential parking permit, your vehicle must be registered and insured to the address for which you’re requesting a permit. Additionally, you must provide proof of residency. If you meet these requirements, you can apply for a parking permit through the mail or by visiting our Residential Parking Permit office at 35 N. 8th St.

Download a Residential Permit Application here: RPP Application

NOTE: Effective on February 26, 2018 the Registration Suspend, Residential Parking Permit, and Contractor Parking department’s permit office located at 35. N 8th Street will no longer accept cash payments. However, credit cards, debit cards, and postal money orders will be accepted.

The annual fee for a permit is assessed per household:

  • 1st vehicle permit $35
  • 2nd vehicle permit: $50
  • 3rd vehicle permit: $75
  • 4th and additional vehicle permits: $100 each

Example: If your household has two vehicles, the total cost will be $85 per year.

Note: Residential parking permits are only valid for the district number in which the permit is issued.

What are the hours of operation to the Residential Parking Permit office?

The hours of operation are as follows:

Monday:          8:30 AM – 4PM
Tuesday:         8:30 AM – 4PM
Wednesday:    8:30 AM – 4PM
Thursday:        8:30 AM – 7PM
Friday:             8:30 AM – 4PM
Saturday:        Closed
Sunday:          Closed

Where do I place my Parking Permit sticker?

Your parking permit should be placed in the vehicle’s inside rear window, on the passenger side.

I have tinted windows. How will your officers see my permit?

If you have tinted windows, let us know when you fill out your application. We will provide you with two orange reflector stickers. The first sticker should be placed on the outside rear window of the vehicle next to the parking permit sticker. The second sticker should be placed on your license plate.

I’ve been having a hard time finding parking near my house. How do I get permit parking on my street?

To get permit parking for your street, you first need to contact the Philadelphia Parking Authority and request a petition package. Once you obtain the petition package, you need to get signatures from at least 60% of the residents; including renters/owners of apartment complexes. Then, submit your completed petition to your local city councilperson and they will forward the petition to us with a letter of support.

So, I can just get everyone from my house to sign the parking petition, right?

You can only have ONE signature per household.

What is proof of residency?

Proof of residency is a driver’s license, utility bill or copy of a current lease.

Can renters sign a petition?

Yes, a resident can be a renter or owner of a property.

Additional Information About Parking Permits

I have visitors coming to town. Where can they park?

If you have a residential parking permit, there are two options for visitor parking: temporary parking passes and day passes. Day passes are good for up to a year after purchase.

Day passes:

  • Day passes consist a single booklet of five passes and cost $35
  • Residents can purchase a maximum of two booklets, but must wait 90 days before purchasing additional booklets
  • To use the pass, scratch off the month and date on which the pass will be used, and write the visitor’s license plate number in the box provided on the pass. Then, hang the pass on the rearview mirror. You can download the day pass application here: Day Pass Application.
  • Proof of residence is required

Temporary parking passes:

  • They can be purchased per visitor vehicle for a maximum of 30 days (or two increments of 15 days)
  • After the 30 days have passed, that visitor vehicle has to wait 45 days before they can get another temporary pass
  • You must provide the license plate number of the visitor’s vehicle
  • Temporary parking passes cost $15 for 15 days. To purchase a temporary pass, visit our office at 35 N. 8th St.
  • Proof of residence is required

I have a Residential Parking Permit, but I’m currently driving a rental vehicle. What should I do?

Residential Parking Permits are valid to specific license plates. If you need to temporarily transfer your permit to a rental vehicle, you may contact our permit office at 215-683-9730 for assistance. You may also utilize the Day Passes and Temporary Parking Passes mentioned above. Additional information on Day Passes and Temporary Parking Passes can also be found here.

I’m moving! What happens to my Parking Permit?

If you move to another parking zone in Philadelphia, you need to apply for a new parking permit. For example, if you move from Northern Liberties to Pennsport, your Northern Liberties parking permit will not be valid in Pennsport. Peel off your old RPP sticker, apply for a new one, and you’ll be parking easy in no time.

If you are moving within the same parking zone, please contact our RPP department at 215-683-9730 to update your account. You can keep the same permit.

I can’t get my parking permit off my windshield. What can I do?

All you need to do is spray some WD-40 and put your defroster on; the permit will peel right off.

I received a ticket even though I have a parking permit for my street. What happened?

Unfortunately, sometimes our parking enforcement officers can’t clearly see the parking permit. All you need to do is contact the Parking Violations Branch and let them know you have a valid RPP sticker, and they will put the ticket on a temporary suspension. Photocopy the parking permit receipt and mail it to the address provided below with your parking ticket.

Parking Violations Branch
PO Box 41819
Philadelphia, PA 19101-1819

Our customer service representatives will work with you from there. If you would like to contest a ticket, head here.

My permit is about to expire. Can I renew it online?

Yes! More information on renewing your Residential Parking Permit can be found here. Keep in mind: this service is only available for renewing a current Residential Parking Permit or adding a new vehicle to the same account.

If you have any further questions please feel free to get in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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What To Do If You Find A Broken Meter or Kiosk

Nothing lasts forever. Everything has a shelf life. Parking kiosks and meters have to be replaced or fixed every once in awhile, too.

Think about it: Based on the high volume of people using parking kiosks every day, these machines are susceptible to requiring repairs every now and then. So in the event that you do discover a broken meter or kiosk, we want you to let us know!

4 Ways to Let Us Know:

  1. Tweet at us: @PhilaParking
  2. Write to us on Facebook
  3. Call us at 1-888-591-3636
  4. Submit a complaint for a broken kiosk on the Kiosks Customer Service Portal.

What Do I Do If I Get a Ticket At a Broken Meter?

1.) Contact our Parking Violations Branch

Call 1-888-591-3636 and a customer service representative will assist you.

2.) Mail Correspondence to:

Parking Violations Branch
P.O. Box 41818
Philadelphia, PA 19101

3.) Fill out and submit this online dispute form.

Note: be sure to include parking ticket number and the number displayed on the meter or kiosk

Once you follow these steps, the ticket is put on a temporary suspend, so no late fees are added. The meter information goes to the meter department at the PPA and a meter mechanic is sent to check out the meter.

If the meter is found to be defective, the ticket will be canceled through the PPA and no hearing is needed. You can also use all of the above ways to contact PPA about a broken meter even if you didn’t receive a ticket.

 

 

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Where to Park for The Rock And Roll Half Marathon

 

Attention Runners: It’s go time! Get your sneaks on your feet and don’t look back. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon meets The Ben Franklin Parkway again and kicks off fall race season in Philadelphia.

The Lowdown:

On Sat., Sept. 16th at 7:30 a.m., the 5K will start off the two-day race event at Eakins Oval, while the half marathon begins on Sun., Sept. 17th at 7:30 a.m. on the Ben Franklin Parkway and N. 22nd Street.

As runners cross the finish line, they’ll be greeted with some live rock and roll and a complimentary beer at Eakins Oval.

Even though the races are different in size, they’ll both be treated to the same perks. (Psst… If you plan on competing in both races, you’ll earn an additional medal!)

For the complete rundown on this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon & 5K, check out the website here.

Onto Parking:

Since Rock ‘n’ Roll runners will be taking over the streets, you can expect road closures and a shortage of street parking. Luckily, our 19th and Callowhill lot and Gateway Parking Garage are within close walking distance and offer discounted weekend rates. Spots will likely fill up quick, so plan accordingly and check out the rates below.

19TH & CALLOWHILL STREET LOT

1901 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Rates:

  • Weekends – $11.00 (flat rate per day)

GATEWAY PARKING GARAGE

1540 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Rates:

  • Weekends – $7.00 (flat rate per day)

Need further parking guidance? Link up with us on  Facebook or Twitter and we can help get you squared away.

PHOTO CREDIT: COURTESY OF THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PHILADELPHIA HALF MARATHON & 5K

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Parking for Visitors

 

In recent years, Philly has become a national hub for hosting diverse events. Everybody remembers the Papal Visit in 2015, The Democratic National Convention in 2016 and The NFL Draft in 2017.

That’s excluding annual events like Wawa Welcome America’s Fourth of July festival, Jay Z’s Made in America music festival on the Parkway, and The Broad Street Run for the running enthusiast. What can we say? Philly knows how to host big events.

We want to make sure your trip into the city is as seamless as possible. That’s why we offer special parking just for visitors. Get the lowdown on how you can benefit.

Let’s Get To It:

Day passes:

  • Day passes consist of a single booklet of five parking passes for $35.
  • Residents can purchase a maximum of two booklets, and then wait 90 days before buying another.
  • Proof of residence is required.
  • To use the pass, scratch off the month and date on which the pass will be used, and write the visitor’s license plate number in the box provided on the pass. Then, hang the pass on the rearview mirror. You can download the day pass application here: Day Pass Application.

Temporary parking passes:

  • Temporary parking passes can be purchased per visitor vehicle for a maximum of 30 days (or two increments of 15 days).
  • After the 30 days have passed, that visitor vehicle has to wait 45 days before they can get another temporary pass.
  • Temporary parking passes cost $15 for 15 days. To purchase a temporary pass, visit our office at 35 N. Eighth Street.
  • Proof of residence is required.
  • Since temporary parking passes are assigned to license plates, you must provide the license plate number of the visitor’s vehicle.

Note: Day passes are valid for up to a year after purchase.

And that’s how it’s done. If you have any questions, you can call our customer service office at 215-683-9730. We can also field any questions on Twitter and Facebook.

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Where To Park for the Made In America Music Festival

If you’ve got 99 problems, don’t let parking be one…

It’s that time again! Philly does Labor Day weekend right with Made in America. On Sept. 2nd and 3rd, the two-day festival hits The Ben Franklin Parkway with superstars like Jay Z, J.Cole, The Chainsmokers, Solange and many more. With big names like this, it’s hard to say no to this festival.

Here’s The Thing:

Getting around during the festival is going to be a little tough. Especially with Jay Z headlining (his new record went platinum in less than a week, after all.) Luckily, we have three parking locations in mind. The Gateway Garage,19th and Callowhill and the Family Courthouse Garage are within close walking distance to the festivities.

 

19TH & CALLOWHILL STREET LOT
1901 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Rates:

  • Weekends – $10.00 (flat rate per day)

 

GATEWAY PARKING GARAGE
1540 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Rates:

Evening rate – enter after 5 p.m., exit by 9 a.m.  – $5.00

Weekend rate – enter after 5 p.m. Friday, exit by 9 a.m. Monday – $7.00

 

THE FAMILY COURTHOUSE GARAGE
1503-11 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Rates:

Evening rate – enter after 5 p.m., exit by 6 a.m.  – $10.00

Weekend rate –flat rate per day, exit by 6 a.m. Monday – $11.00

Having a hassle with parking? Let us help!  Reach out on Twitter and Facebook and we can get you squared away.

CREDIT: M. EDLOW FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA

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PPA’s Widely Popular “meterUP” Pay-by-Phone App to be Back In Action by Late Fall!

After a temporary suspension, the Philadelphia Parking Authority is pleased to announce the return of its hugely popular “meterUP” pay-by-phone parking service.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority board today approved a new vendor for the new mobile parking payment application – which will continue to be called “meterUP.” The new vendor is ParkMobile, LLC. ParkMobile has multiple years experience in this industry and is the vendor to many large cities throughout the United States, including New York City, Denver, Dallas, DC, and Miami.

Executive Director Clarena Tolson said, “After the success of the previous “meterUP” pilot program, the PPA is excited to offer this very popular paying option to the riding public again. The application was highly embraced when offered in the past, so we felt it was imperative that we offer this method of payment as soon as possible.”

The “meterUP” app will allow drivers to pay for parking with a smart phone and electronically add more time remotely. It began in November of 2015 and was temporarily suspended in April when the PPA’s former service provider unexpectedly closed shop due to financial problems, forcing the agency to temporarily suspend the app and issue an immediate RFP (Request for Proposals) for another service provider.

The new vendor has sixty days from the implementation of the contract to roll out the first three phases. The initial three roll-out phases include Center City Core and Fringe, University City and all three rail stations, including Fox Chase, Torresdale and Fern Rock. The PPA anticipates that the app will be available for use by mid to late fall of this year.

When first initiated, “meterUP” was hailed as another PPA technological innovation aimed at improving customer service and convenience for motorists parking in Philadelphia.

In announcing the selection of the new vendor, PPA Executive Director Clarena Tolson said, “We are very pleased “meterUP” will be back in business shortly and we apologize for any inconvenience the temporary suspension may have caused our customers. People can now get back to the convenience of electronically adding more time remotely for parking.”

Customers will be required to download the new “meterUP” application.

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How to Renew Your Residential Parking Permit Online

Residential Parking Permits (RPP): not your typical dinner conversation topic.

Some get a headache from the thought of having to renew a residential parking permit. So to ease your mind and save you some time, we have a convenient way to renew your RPP online. Check out the steps below to find out how.

Note: This service is only available for renewing a current Residential Parking Permit or adding a new vehicle to the same account.

  • 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 or you can dispute your ticket(s).
  • Currently, 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 residence.
  • You will be asked to provide proof of residence, vehicle registration, and insurance. All documents must reference 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)

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

Also: be sure to check out our Permit Primer!

As always, we’re here to answer any questions or concerns, so please feel free to reach out to us on us on Twitter or Facebook.

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Contesting a Ticket: You’ve Got Options

You Have Options:
From walking into an ice cream shop with 50+ flavors or getting a parking ticket you think you have been wrongfully issued, remember that you have options. It’s important to assess the situation and move forward with whatever your choice may be, whether that’s paying or contesting a ticket, or choosing between chocolate and strawberry.

You Have Rights:
Not only does the Philadelphia Parking Authority fully support everyone’s right to contest a ticket, we also want you to know your options for contesting them.

How to Contest A Ticket:
In some cases, contesting a ticket can be done directly through the Parking Violations Branch (PVB). If your claim involves…

  1. A broken parking meter
  2. Having a valid kiosk receipt
  3. Or possessing a valid permit/disabled placard for the location you were parked
  4. Sign discrepancy

…then your best bet would be addressing it with the PVB. Here’s how:

  • Contest the ticket through this web form.
  • Mail your information to the PVB:

Parking Violations Branch PO Box 41819
Philadelphia, PA 19101-1819

  • Call the PVB at 888-591-3636 if you have any questions.

All other situations where a ticket is being contested that weren’t mentioned above can be addressed with the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication (BAA). And yet again — you have options:

  • Request an in-person hearing by clicking here.
  • Submit your case by mail. To learn how to submit your case by mail, click here.
  • Submit your case online by clicking here.

Any questions about contesting your ticket? We’ll get you answers through Facebook or Twitter.

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Old City Nightlife Special

Old City is like that friend who shows up to your house ready with plans for the evening. With each new season, the historic neighborhood never fails to put a modern twist on the norm. With countless activities to partake in, this part of town never ceases so delight. And here’s why:

The Delicious Food:
You can’t go wrong with a cheesesteak from Campo’s or a visit to Fork for some fine dining. If you’re looking for some of the best ice cream in town, The Franklin Fountain is your spot.

Nightlife:
You worked hard all week and want to tear it up on the dance floor. We know. Old City has plenty of places to pull all your fresh moves out.

Art Scene:
Easy. Old City isn’t only known for the fantastic First Friday shows held by local galleries; The Muse, The Center for Art in Wood, and many more have plenty of exhibitions all month long.

History:
Old City is, as you may know, especially known for its deep historical roots. Among many things, this part of town gets bragging rights in essentially being the nation’s birthplace AND being home to the oldest residential street in America.  

Shopping:
You won’t leave empty-handed after a walk through Old City. Boutiques and shops flourish on just about every block, so you won’t be able to hide from any good sale.

Parking:
Are you enticed by anything mentioned above? Lucky for you, we offer $7 flat-rate parking at our Independence Mall AutoPark every Friday and Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Now you can have peace of mind without putting a dent in your wallet. It’s conveniently located under the Independence Visitor Center. Get there early to claim your spot—the garage fills up quick!

Need assistance from the parking gurus? Get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

CREDIT: B. KRIST FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA

 

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