AuthorPPA Staff

HomeArticles Posted by PPA Staff (Page 5)

ALERT: PPA Announces $5 Garage Rate & Relaxed Enforcement During Snow Emergency

In response to the City’s Snow Emergency, which is set to begin at 9 AM on Wednesday, March 21, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) will be offering a flat twenty-four hour $5 parking rate at the following Center City garages from 7 PM Tuesday, March 20, until the snow emergency is lifted.

To receive the discounted $5 rate, customers must bring their ticket and pay at the PPA Management Office in each garage.

During this snow emergency, the PPA will enforce all snow emergency and safety violations. Starting at 9 AM on Wednesday, March 21, meters, kiosks and time limit violations on residential blocks will not be enforced until the snow emergency is lifted.

Additionally, beginning at  9 AM on Wednesday, March 21, vehicles illegally parked on snow emergency routes will be subject to ticketing and towing. If your vehicle is towed during the snow emergency, please call 215-686-SNOW for its location.

 

Continue Reading

Executive Director Scott Petri’s Statement on PPA’s Annual $110 Million Contribution to the City, School District of Philadelphia, State & Federal Entities

 

The purpose of this statement is to correct the inaccurate perception held by many regarding the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s annual $50 million contribution to the City and School District of Philadelphia.

The original law “promising $45 million” annually to Philadelphia schools was repealed in 2004 and replaced with a new law that “restricted” the PPA from sending any money to the schools until a $25 million threshold disbursement to the city was reached first.

Prior to enactment of the new 2004 law, the PPA had never contributed more than $17 million annually to the City. The 2004 replacement law which the PPA currently operates under was signed by then Governor Rendell.

Complicating the “$25 million to the city first” provision was an added provison that should the PPA’s annual on-street revenue increase, so too would the percentage of revenue correspondingly increase that must go to the city first. Case in point is the current fiscal year where the PPA will send $40 million to the city first before any money can go to the schools. This formula-based distribution provision was highly criticized by Pennsylvania’s Auditor General as being to the “immense detriment of the School District.”

The PPA coordinates its operations with the city whose Finance Department routinely reviews our budgets and expenses. The PPA is audited every year by an outside independent auditing firm, including three in 2017 alone. With over 1,100 employees, we operate on an unheard of 40% profit margin — returning over $110 million combined to the city, state, School District and the National Park Service each year.

Based on the 2004 legal requirements – from our on-street operation alone – we will give the City over $40 million this year with another $10 million going to the schools — constituting .016% of the School District’s overall annual $3 billion budget. It is disingenuous at best to blame the PPA — which operates on a 40% profit margin — for all of the School District’s funding problems.

The formula for how the PPA distributes its revenue is dictated by state law. Should the law change, we will distribute the revenue as directed. Either way the City will have $50 million to fund schools from the PPA.

 

 

Continue Reading

Board Meeting Round-Up: February 2018

 

Chairman’s Items – Joseph T. Ashdale

  • Board Chairman, Joseph T. Ashdale, invited comment from members of the general public.

Director’s Report – Scott Petri

During his monthly report, PPA Executive Director, Scott Petri, provided updates on a wide range of topics including but not limited to newly instituted procedural processes, improved communication with PPA departments, and outreach efforts to elected officials and transportation partners. Mr. Petri’s full directors report can be viewed and downloaded here.

Finance and Administration

Actual to Actual Summary Comparative Income Statements

  • The Board unanimously approved the Actual to Actual Summary Comparative Income statements presented by the the Authority’s Director of Finance, Gary Gordon. A copy of the Authority’s Actual to Actual Summary Comparative Income statements can be found here.

Actual to Budget Summary Comparative Income Statements

  • The Board unanimously approved the Actual to Budget Summary Comparative Income statements presented by the the Authority’s Director of Finance, Gary Gordon. A copy of the Authority’s Actual to Budget Summary Comparative Income statements can be found here

Income Statement Detailing All Entities

  • The Board unanimously approved the Income Statement Detailing All Entities presented by the the Authority’s Director of Finance, Gary Gordon. A copy of the Authority’s Income Statement Detailing All Entities can be found here.

Audit Policy

  • The Board unanimously approved an Internal Audit Policy in order for the Internal Audit Department to provide independent and objective reviews and assessments of the business activities, operations, financial systems and internal accounting controls of the Authority. A copy of the Authority’s Audit Policy can be found here

Risk Management Policy

  • The Board unanimously approved a draft of the Authority’s Risk Management Policy. A draft of the Authority’s Risk Management Policy can be found here.

Revision to Conflict of Interest Policy

  • The Board unanimously approved a motion to revise the Authority’s Conflict of Interest Policy. The approved draft of the Authority’s revised Conflict of Interest Policy can be found here.

Health Benefits Renewal

  • The Board approved a motion to renew the Authority’s employee health benefits. The three-year renewal agreement is projected to have a net-savings of over $730,000. The approved Board resolution can be found here.

Amendment to Bylaws

  • The Board unanimously approved a motion to amend the by-laws of the Authority. The approved amendments of the Authority’s by-laws can be found here.

Employee Vision Benefits

  • The Board approved a motion to renew the Authority’s employee vision benefit with Vision Benefits of America for two years. The approved Board resolution can be found here.

Employee Dental Benefits

  • The Board approved a motion to renew the Authority’s employee dental benefits with Delta Dental for two years. The approved Board resolution can be found here.

Microsoft Exchange Email Migration

  • The Board approved a motion to upgrade the Authority’s Groupwise email software to Microsoft Exchange. The approved Board resolution can be found here.

Temporary Staff Support for Amnesty Program

  • In an effort to assist with the City’s Parking Ticket Amnesty Program, the Board approved a motion to enter into an agreement with contractor to provide temporary staffing. The approved Board resolution can be found here.

Engineering and Design

New Parking Lots – Benjamin Franklin Bridge General Contract Award

  • The Board approved a motion to enter into a contract with D’Angelo Brothers, Inc., for general construction for proposed parking lots at The Ben Franklin Bridge, 3rd Street Philadelphia. The approved Board resolution can be found here.

New Parking Lots – Benjamin Franklin Bridge Electrical Contract Award

  • The Board approved a motion to enter into a contract with M.J.F. Electrical Contracting, for electrical contracting services for proposed parking lots at The Ben Franklin Bridge, 3rd Street Philadelphia. The approved Board resolution can be found here.

Fiber Optic Connectivity – Philadelphia International Airport

  • The Board approved a Contract Change Order Request for the installation of a new fiber optic hub, new fiber lines, and associated equipment at the Philadelphia International Airport. The approved Contract Change Order Request can be found here.   

Taxi & Limousine Division

Docket No. A-17-10-04

The Board approved the sale to transfer ownership of Medallion No. P-0484 along with the issuance of a corresponding taxicab certificate of public convenience.

Applicant-Buyer: Masum Transportation Inc, CPC Application No. A-1036195-01

Owner-Seller: Mensa., Inc., CPC No. 1023983-01

Sale Price: $44,000.00

 

Docket No. A-17-10-05

The Board approved the sale to transfer ownership of Medallion No P-0194 along with the issuance of a corresponding taxicab certificate of public convenience.

Applicant-Buyer:  Afizah Trans Inc, CPC No. A-1036192-01

Owner-Seller: Howric, Inc., CPC No. 10000719-01

Sale Price: $39,000.00

 

Docket No. A-17-11-01

The Board approved the sale to transfer ownership of Medallion No. P-1331 along with the issuance of a corresponding taxicab certificate of public convenience.

Applicant-Buyer: Lincoln Cab Inc, CPC Application No. A-1036204-01

Owner-Seller: CSP Trans, Inc, CPC No.1022562-01

Sale Price: $40,000.00

 

Docket No. A-17-12-01

The Board approved the sale to transfer ownership of Medallion Nos. P-0183 and P-0202 along with the issuance of a corresponding taxicab certificate of public convenience.

Applicant-Buyer: Ifza Transportation Inc, CPC Application No. A-1036276-01

Owner-Seller:  IL Trans, Inc., CPC No. 1000701-01

Sale Price: $78,000.000

 

Docket No. A-17-12-03

The Board approved the sale to transfer ownership of Wheelchair-Accessible Vehicle (“WAV”) Medallion No. WP-1619 along with the issuance of a corresponding taxicab certificate of public convenience.

Applicant-Buyer: Rabeb LLC, CPC Application No. A-1036304-01

Owner-Seller:  WAV Trans Inc., CPC No. 1033830-01

Sale Price: $10,000.000

 

Docket No. P-15-12-03

The Board approved the decision regarding the Petition of Rosemont Taxicab in which the matter be remanded to the Taxi and Limousine Adjudication Department for further proceedings pursuant to the Authority’s Taxicab and Limousine Regulations.

ALERT: PPA Announces $5 Garage Rate & Relaxed Enforcement During Snow Emergency

 

In response to the City’s Snow Emergency, which is set to begin at 8 AM on Wednesday, March 7, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) will be offering a flat twenty-four hour $5 parking rate at the following Center City garages from 7 PM Tuesday, March 6, until the snow emergency is lifted.

To receive the discounted $5 rate, customers must bring their ticket and pay at the PPA Management Office in each garage.

During this snow emergency, the PPA will enforce all snow emergency and safety violations. Starting at 8 AM on Wednesday, March 7, meters, kiosks and time limit violations on residential blocks will not be enforced until the snow emergency is lifted.

Additionally, beginning at  8 AM on Wednesday, March 7, vehicles illegally parked on snow emergency routes will be subject to ticketing and towing. If your vehicle is towed during the snow emergency, please call 215-686-SNOW for its location.

 

Continue Reading

Where to Park for the Philadelphia Flower Show

Well, now that we’re fresh off an Eagles Super Bowl Parade, it’s time to gear up for one of Philly’s renowned annual events: the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Considered an annual blockbuster—and the world’s oldest and largest indoor floral event—the Philadelphia Flower Show will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center from March 3 to 11.

With this year’s theme of “Wonders of Water,” horticultural enthusiasts will walk off the busy streets of Philly to find themselves in environments such as tropical jungles, temperate forests, native woodlands and arid landscapes. And if that sounds difficult to navigate, you need not worry: a multi-level bamboo waterfall and a rain curtain will help guide you through the landscapes.

Plus, if you’re a garden enthusiast, you’ll be shown a variety of water-oriented concepts you can apply to very own garden.

Before you bust out your green thumb, make sure you’ve conveniently parked your vehicle first. Check out our rates and closest locations to the Pennsylvania Convention Center below, and feel free to contact us on Twitter or Facebook with any questions!

 

 

The AutoPark at the Gallery Mall

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

Specials:

  • Early Bird – enter by 10 a.m., exit by 6 p.m.: $13.00
  • Super Early Bird – enter by 8 a.m., exit by 8 p.m. (Monday through Friday): $10.50
  • Evening rate after 4 p.m.:
    • Up to 1 hour: $5.00
    • Maximum to 12 midnight: $9.00

Parkade on 8th:

Rates:

  • 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

Specials:

  • Early Bird – enter by 10 a.m., exit by 7 p.m.: $12.50
  • Evening Rate – enter after 5 p.m., exit by 3 a.m. (Monday through Friday): $9.00

Family Courthouse Garage:

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 7:00 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

 

Continue Reading

Parking and Transit During the Eagles Parade

Official event information including route and times

Date: Thursday, February 8.

Parade: Kicks off at 11 a.m. at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, heading north toward the Art Museum. The parade will last approximately two hours.

Formal Celebration: Begins at 1 p.m. in front of the Art Museum. The program will last approximately two hours.

Parking and Transit:

In an effort to reduce vehicular traffic, the Philadelphia Parking Authority encourages all visitors to take public transit when coming into Philadelphia. SEPTA is operating a special Eagles Parade schedule with details available online at SEPTA.org.

There will be parking restrictions along and around the parade route.  A full list of the affected streets is available here. These restrictions go into effect at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, and extend into the late evening on Thursday, February 8. Cars parked in temporary no parking zones will be relocated. If your vehicle has been relocated, you may call 215-686-7669 for the location. Vehicles will be relocated to the 2500 block of South Swanson Street and 2500 block of Weccacoe Avenue. A map of the parade route and parking restrictions can also be found here.

In regards to normal PPA boot and tow operations, no impounded vehicles will be released on Thursday , February 8. The Impoundment Lot located at 2501 Weccacoe Avenue will stay open until midnight on Wednesday, February 7 for the release of vehicles. Additionally, the unclaimed vehicle auction scheduled for Thursday, February 8 on the 2500 block of S. Swanson Street is rescheduled to Thursday, February 15.

If at all possible, visitors should not drive into Center City. If, however, driving is necessary, the City encourages drivers to park in off-street lots and garages along the Parkway, Broad Street, or near the stadium complex. Please keep in mind that due to security and public safety concerns, parking will not be available at Lincoln Financial Field or the stadium complex. Please visit SEPTA.org to find alternatives. The Philadelphia Parking Authority also has seven Center City garages with the cheapest parking rates in the City. A list of the garages can be found here. Additionally, our parking locator can be used by clicking here. If visitors must drive, they should contact individual parking facilities for rates and availability ahead of time.

There will be no enforcement of meter and time limit regulations on the day of the parade. Safety violations such as parking too close to the corner, fire hydrants, blocking crosswalks, and double parking will be enforced.  Additionally, the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s administrative offices will be closed Thursday, February 8. Offices will reopen on Friday, February 9 at 8:30 AM.

There will be significant travel delays on roadways and street closures immediately before, during, and after the Eagles Parade.

Additional details on everything you need to know about the Eagles Parade can be found here.

Residents, visitors, and journalists can also sign up for free parade text alerts by texting “ReadyEagles” to 888-777.

 

Continue Reading

Getting Greener: PPA Purchases Four Electric Vehicles

On Tuesday, January 23rd, and in conjunction with the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s (PPA) Board approved the purchase of four electric vehicles to be used by its Off-Street and Airport Operations Divisions through $20,000 in grant funds.

Acknowledging the purchase, PPA Executive Director, Scott Petri said, “Not only are we excited to purchase electric vehicles for our fleet, it reinforces our continued efforts to explore and implement cost saving, eco-friendly initiatives to our infrastructure.”

Over $86,000 of grant funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection were allocated to install a combined total of eight electric vehicle charging stations at PPA Center City garages and Philadelphia International Airport parking facilities.

“By purchasing new charge stations and electric vehicles, we will reduce our overall fuel costs and substantially reduce the amount of pollutants emitted by our fleet of vehicles,” said Petri.

Over a five-year span, the PPA expects the electric vehicles and charging stations to reduce fuel costs by $30,000 while reducing emissions by over 700,000 pounds. “As a public serving body, we not only have an obligation help protect our environment, but to also encourage others to follow suit,” said Petri.

In a May 2017, The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded grants to 17 alternative fuel projects throughout the Commonwealth. These Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants will save an estimated 650 million gallons of fuel in Pennsylvania  while developing and promoting the use of alternative fuels throughout the Commonwealth.

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading