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Where to Park for the Philadelphia Marathon

Running 26 miles in a single day sounds like a tall order, doesn’t it? Welp, that’s exactly what 30,000 runners are signing up for on Sunday, November 19th at 7 a.m. as The Philadelphia Marathon sprints through the historically scenic streets of Philly.

Let’s get back to that whole 26-mile thing real quick. Yeah, there’s no question that’s a lot of ground to cover in one day, but the nearly 30-mile trek winds through Philly’s historic sites in Old City before sprinting down the always-scenic Fairmount Park Water Works on the Schuylkill River. So in the long run—see what we did there?—runners are also getting the quintessential Tour de Philly. And don’t worry, runners: Hydration stands will be set up as thousands of spectators cheer you on from start to finish. To get a glimpse of the course map, click here.

Now a quick word to the wise: With thousands of runners, spectators and multiple road closures, parking will definitely be tight. Luckily if you plan on driving to the marathon, we have two locations with cheap parking rates close to the starting/finish lines.

19th & Callowhill Lot
Weekend Flat Rate: $11 per day

Gateway Parking Garage
Weekend Flat Rate: $7

Family Courthouse Garage
Weekend Flat Rate: $11 per day



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Oak Lane Library Community Expo: How’d It Go?


During the past few weeks, Philadelphia Parking Authority staff have been hosting informational community expos throughout Philadelphia’s many neighborhoods. On Monday, November 13th, approximately 30 resident’s attended our event at the Oak Lane Library  —  and between refunds being issued to getting assistance with parking permits, we’re flattered by the feedback we’ve recieved:


I attended the PPA meeting and it was very, very helpful. I extended service to an elderly woman who’s having a problem and Ms. O’Connor is going to help her and assist me in helping this elderly woman, without her help I don’t know if that would be possible. This meeting was very helpful and I would stress that everyone in the community please come out to their next meeting. Because it was very helpful and the information was very helpful and you can get assistance here. So please come to the next meeting and I will try to keep notice and make a note to everyone that I can in all the churches and communities. Thank you,

P. Hackney


I came to the Parking Authority workshop clinic and I found that with a review of my driving record and my parking history that not only did I not have any outstanding tickets but I was also issued a refund. I will expect it in approximately three weeks. So come on down and get your refund!

F. Williams


Our next Community Expo will be held Wednesday, November 15th at the Penrose Recreation Center from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Interested in attending? Here are the informational booths that will be available:

  •   Residential Permit Parking
  •   How to avoid a parking ticket
  •   Red Light Cameras
  •   How to enroll in a payment plan
  •   People with Disabilities Signs
  •   Your status with outstanding parking tickets
  •   Abandoned Vehicles
  •   Unclaimed Vehicle Auctions
  •   Contractor’s Placards
  •   PPA employment opportunities
  •   Loading Zones, Passenger Loading Zones, and Valet Zones


Psst — by the way, free pretzels and refreshments will be available!

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PPA Hosting Community Expo at Central Library Monday, November 27


In the coming weeks, Philadelphia Parking Authority staff will be hosting a round of Community Expos for residents throughout the City. With light refreshments being served, our staff will be on hand to provide useful information on:

  •   Residential Permit Parking
  •   How to avoid a parking ticket
  •   Red Light Cameras
  •   How to enroll in a payment plan
  •   People with Disabilities Signs
  •   Your status with outstanding parking tickets
  •   Abandoned Vehicles
  •   Unclaimed Vehicle Auctions
  •   Contractor’s Placards
  •   PPA employment opportunities
  •   Loading Zones, Passenger Loading Zones, and Valet Zones

Please see below for the Community Expo locations and times.

Mayfair Recreation Center
2900 Saint Vincent Street, 19149
Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
South Philadelphia High School
2101 South Broad Street, 19148
Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Oasis Church with
Councilwoman Cindy Bass
5248 North 5th Street, 19120
Thursday, November 2, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Oak Lane Library
6614 North 12th Street, 19126
Monday, November 13, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Penrose Recreation Center
1101 West Susquehanna Ave, 19122
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Central Library
1901 Vine Street, 19103
Monday, November 27, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM


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PPA Employees Contribute $6,458 to the Red Cross Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund

Following the September 27th board meeting, employees of the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) proudly presented a check for $6,458 to the Red Cross Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund.

In presenting the check, Board Chairman, Joseph Ashdale stated, “The hardships being endured from hurricanes across the country, and most recently Puerto Rico, prompted our employees to raise these funds for ongoing relief efforts. With many PPA employees’ families living in the disaster stricken areas, we most certainly want to play our part as recovery efforts continue.

Clarena Tolson, PPA Executive Director, continued, “It’s hard to fathom what many of these disaster stricken families are going through right now. Our employees felt it was imperative to contribute to the much needed relief efforts.”  

In addition to donations being made through payroll deductions, PPA employees also made contributions at donation jars throughout PPA facilities. Funds collected will directly benefit all areas recently affected by  Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

For information on how to make a donation to the Red Cross Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund, click here.


Pictured above (from the left) Russell Wagner, Board Treasurer; Bernadette Williams, PPA Analyst; Executive Director, Clarena Tolson; Leslie Fletcher, American Red Cross; Karen W. Wrigley, Board Secretary; Sue Cornell, Senior Director of Administration; Board Chairman, Joseph Ashdale; William Raymond, Senior Director of Human Resources.


Photo Credit: The Philadelphia Public Record


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PPA AutoPark Discounts


If there is one thing we know, there’s a place for everyone in Philadelphia.

Art lover? There’s the Philadelphia Museum of Art, First Fridays in Old City and the Barnes Foundation. Food Connoisseur? Everywhere. Literally everywhere. No joke. The Gayborhood, Northern Liberties, Fishtown… yada yada yada. And don’t forget about the history buffs. They have Society Hill, the National Constitution Center and so much more.

The list could go on and on and one thing is for sure—there’s always something to do. Philly balances modern times with a historical twist, so it’s hard not to brag.

Here’s What You Need to Know:

With every place you explore, there’s a place to park right around the corner, and with that comes discounts. A double whammy.

Luckily for you, we have frequent discounts right smack dab in the center of your next trip. Check out discounted parking rates below to start your next adventure in the city.

As always, stay connected with us through Facebook and Twitter with any questions.

Independence AutoPark Discounts

Jefferson AutoPark Discounts

  • Lantern Theater Validation
    • Enter after 5 PM & exit by 11 PM: $5.00
    • Enter after 1 PM & exit by 11 PM: $12.00
    • Weekend Rate: $5.00
  •  PHLASH Discount Rate Validation
    • Enter after 9 AM & exit by 7 PM: $8.00
  • Early Bird Special
    • Enter by 10 AM & exit by 6 PM – $16.00
  • Monday-Sunday
    • Enter after 5 PM & exit by 11 PM: $8.00
  • Scooter Parking
    • Flat rate daily: $5.00

Olde City AutoPark Discounts

  • Ritz Theaters Validation
    • Enter after 12 PM on weekdays: $11.00
  • Early Bird Special
    • Enter between 5 AM and 9 AM, exit by 6 PM: $12.00
  •  PHLASH Discount Rate Validation
    • Enter after 9 AM & exit by 7 PM: $8.00
  • Scooter Parking
    • Flat rate daily: $5.00

Gallery at Market East AutoPark Discounts

  • Early Bird Specials
    • Enter by 8 AM, exit by 8 PM: $12.00
    • Enter by 10 AM, exit by 6 PM: $13.00
  • Evening Rate — Enter After 4 PM
    • Maximum to 12:00 AM/Midnight: $10.00
  • PHLASH Discount Rate Validation
    • Enter after 9 AM & exit by 7 PM: $8.00
  • Scooter Parking
    • Flat rate daily: $5.00

Family Courthouse Garage Discounts

  • Early Bird Special
    • Enter by 9 AM & exit by 7 PM: $17.00
  • Evening Rate
    • Enter after 5 PM & exit by 6 AM: $10.00
  • Weekend
    • Flat rate per day–exit by 6 AM: $11.00

Gateway Parking Garage

  • Early Bird Special
    • Enter by 9 AM & exit by 6 PM: $15.00
  • Evening Rate — Monday-Friday
    • Enter by 5 PM & exit by 9 AM: $5.00
  • Weekend
    • Flat rate per day: $7.00

Parkade on 8th Discounts

  • Early Bird Special
    • Enter by 10 AM & exit by 7 PM – $14.00
  • PHLASH Discount Rate Validation
    • Enter after 9 AM & exit by 7 PM: $8.00
  • Monday – Friday
    • Enter after 5 PM & exit by 3 AM: $10.00


All of the listed validations from participating businesses must obtain a discount chaser ticket from the appropriate business or center to reduce their parking fee.

All patrons using the PHLASH discount must take their PHLASH ticket to our parking management office.


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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:


1901 Callowhill St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130


  • 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.


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)

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


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