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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 »
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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 »
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 »
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on June 9th.
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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 »
Clarena Tolson via Twitter.
Clarena Tolson, the recently-appointed executive director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, has reportedly made 12 new hires – and among them is her daughter’s roommate. Read more »
Shannon DeVido with the receipt showing her $175 payment to the PPA.
Everybody we know seems to have a good story about how the Philadelphia Parking Authority has screwed them. But local actress Shannon DeVido’s PPA story trumps most. Read more »
Former Philadelphia Parking Authority director Vince Fenerty gave his top five executives significant raises in the months leading up to a sexual harassment scandal that made major headlines and led to Fenerty’s resignation, according to the Inquirer. Read more »
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 »
The Philadelphia Parking Authority lost almost $700K during the six-day SEPTA strike earlier this month, largely through efforts to alleviate commuter stress by offering grace periods at expired parking meters and discounted parking rates, among other accommodations. Read more »