Judge: Broad Street Median Parking Is Here to Stay – for Now

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It’s the end of the line for the lawsuit filed in July by self-proclaimed urbanists who sought to end median parking on Broad Street.

On Wednesday, Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel J. Anders tossed a suit filed by political action committee 5th Square, which sued the Philadelphia Police Department and the Philadelphia Parking Authority to get officials to enforce ticketing on the median.  Read more »

Lyft Lands Amtrak Deal, Philly Taxis Feel Shut Out

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When will Philadelphia’s transportation wars end? Ridesharing services Uber and Lyft aren’t the best of friends. The taxicab industry hates them both. And the PPA is the PPA.

It must be time for Amtrak to get involved.

Following Amtrak’s announcement last week of a partnership with Lyft that will allow railway passengers to seamlessly request cars from the station at the end of their ride, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported on Wednesday that Amtrak’s 30th Street Station is among the involved locations.

As of now, the partnership simply means a new button within the Amtrak app that links directly to Lyft’s, but both have hinted that they are looking to further collaborate in the future. The move will likely boost profits for Lyft, as rides to transit stations account for up to 25 percent of the transportation network company’s (TNC) activity in major U.S. cities.

While a simple app-to-app link seems like a harmless move, concerns were raised about the legality of the partnership’s presence in Philadelphia and the responsibility of the PPA to monitor it. Act 164, signed last year by governor Tom Wolf, outlines Philly-specific limits to TNC-Amtrak relationships. Read more »

Your Cab Fares Are Going Up

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Cab rides in Philly are about to get more expensive.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority has approved a petition to increase the metered rate from 23 cents to 25 cents.  Read more »

Airport Taxis Will Soon Cost Even More for Some Philadelphians

The wallets South Philly and West Philly residents are about to become the latest casualties of the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

On Wednesday morning, the PPA announced a plan to expand the flat-rate cab fare zone for airport trips. According to numbers compiled by BillyPenn, those living in the newly covered areas could see an increase in airport fare of as much as $5 once required to pay the flat rate. Read more »

Why Is the PPA Teaching Us How Not to Get Tickets?

The Philadelphia Parking Authority will hold a workshop on avoiding parking tickets next month.

Seeing as the organization brings in a big chunk of money from its on-street operations (meaning parking fines, booting and towing fees, meter payments and permit fees), you’ve got to wonder… what’s going on here?

The PPA says the “fun-filled” workshop (again…trap?) will run between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on June 17th at the organization’s headquarters, located at 701 Market St. It’s titled “Parking 101: A Workshop on Avoiding Parking Tickets.”

Per a PPA event description full of exclamation points, those who attend will:

  • 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!

If you’re as hesitant as we are, at least know that you’ll be given two hours of complimentary parking at the PPA’s “newly renovated Parkade” (a parking garage at 8th and Filbert streets) if you attend.

Space is limited. Those interested should register by emailing partnerwithppa@philapark.org. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on June 9th.

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The PPA Wants to Put Billboards in Neighborhood Lots – and Neighbors Aren’t Happy

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Courtesy 5th Square

The Philadelphia Parking Authority wants to install 45 billboards in neighborhood parking lots – but community members and activists aren’t happy with the plans.

More than 600 people have publicly opposed the billboards through a petition introduced by 5th Square, an urbanist political action committee that aims to achieve “better transportation, land use and public space for the people,” according to its website.  Read more »

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