Update: Philly Parking Kiosks Taking Cards Again
UPDATE: The PPA announced credit cards are working in parking kiosks again. “We want to apologize for any inconvenience caused by the failure of our kiosks to accept credit card payments,” PPA Executive Director Vince Fenerty said in a statement. “We worked throughout the weekend to successfully correct this technical problem and things are now back to normal.”
EARLIER: People constantly complain about the PPA’s parking kiosks in Center City, but things have been even worse the past few days. On Saturday night, the PPA announced kiosk spots would be free on Sunday due to problems with processing credit card payments. Old-style standalone meters were still enforced.
Today, the PPA is enforcing parking regulations at kiosks in Center City, but no credit card payments will be accepted.
— Jim Melwert (@Melwert1060) December 8, 2014
All kiosks have been marked with “cash or smart card only.” Oddly enough, though the PPA is accepting smart cards in its kiosks, it’s eliminating them on January 1st. It hasn’t sold smart cards since May 10th.
“We want to apologize for any inconvenience caused by the failure of our kiosks to accept credit card payments,” PPA Executive Director Vince Fenerty said in a statement. “Be assured the PPA and the responsible vendors are working diligently to correct what appears to be a glitch in the data transmission process.” The emphasis is in the original — so, yes the PPA is deflecting blame even in their apology statement.
The PPA says it hopes to have credit card payments back online soon, but did not issue a timeframe.