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 »

Pa. Auditor General to Investigate Embattled PPA Director’s “Excessive” Payout

L: Auditor General Eugene Depasquale | R: Former PPA Director Vince Fenerty

L: Auditor General Eugene Depasquale | R: Former PPA Director Vince Fenerty

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he will investigate what he called an “excessive” six-figure payout for the former head of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, who resigned last year after reporters revealed he had been accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment. Read more »

PPA Announces Renewed Crackdown on Uber and Lyft, Waives Some Taxi Regs

Uber app display during DNC in Philadelphia. | Photo by Fabiola Cineas

Uber app display during DNC in Philadelphia. | Photo by Fabiola Cineas

All good things come to an end.

Now that Uber and Lyft’s short and sweet grace period has ended with the expiration of Act 85, the Philadelphia Parking Authority has announced that it fully intends to resume enforcement against the ride-sharing companies – as well as lift several regulations against the taxi industry. Read more »

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