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With profits way up, but patronage way down, will GOP-controlled PPA keep interim executive director?

“There's no agency that people have loved to hate more than the Parking Authority.” Committee of 70 President David Thornburgh is probably understating things. Mention the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) around…

    • A taxi cab picks up a passenger in Philadelphia. (Emma Lee / WHYY)

PPA delays 2¢ taxi rate increase, approves new mobile app provider

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) Board of Directors approved Parkmobile, LLC to run MeterUp, its pay-by-mobile parking app. The previous provider, Pango USA, suddenly stopped services in April. It’s one-cent…

    • Tony Brooks tries out Philadelphia's new wheelchair accessible taxi in the parking lot of the Philadelphia Parking Authority's Taxicab and Limousine Division. (2015) | Emma Lee / WHYY

Led by Uber, ride-hailing companies meet wheelchair accessibility threshold

When Uber and Lyft began operations in Philadelphia, most passengers rejoiced as taxi drivers and owners cried. The new competition meant lower prices, a boon for most consumers and bust for…

    • A taxi cab picks up a passenger in Philadelphia. (Emma Lee / WHYY)

Taxicabs’ lawsuit against PPA survives legal challenge, seeks $558 million in damages

A lawsuit by more than 130 medallion taxicab companies against the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) alleging a violation of the companies’ constitutional rights survived a preliminary motion to dismiss on Monday.…

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PPA expands taxi flat rate zone for airport trips

On Wednesday morning, the PPA board authorized an expansion of the flat rate zone for taxi trips between Center City and Philadelphia International Airport. The PPA will need to change the…

    • Tony Brooks tries out Philadelphia's new wheelchair accessible taxi in the parking lot of the Philadelphia Parking Authority's Taxicab and Limousine Division. (2015) | Emma Lee / WHYY

As Uber and Lyft drive on, now formally licensed, disabled and taxis say they are being left behind

Over the past few months, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) boardroom has been the site of much gnashing of teeth, wailing of woes, and pulling of hair over the first illegal…

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As Harrisburg legalizes Uber/Lyft, Parking Authority contemplates how to regulate them

“The bottom line is: The regulation of taxi cabs is changing now, and it’s going to change forever.” Dennis Weldon, general counsel to the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), made this declaration…

    • The crowd grew anxious when Stutzman, left, appeared to spend more time speaking with Alperstein than with others

Bill to allow some PPA Board members to live outside Philadelphia advancing in Harrisburg

A bill that would let two of the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s (PPA) six board members live outside of Philadelphia could come up for a final vote in Harrisburg on Wednesday. Currently,…

    • Lyft | Josh Edelson/AP Images for Lyft

Illegal again, Uber and Lyft have stopped paying taxes to the School District. Here’s what they already paid.

When a law temporarily authorizing transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft to operate legally in Philadelphia sunset on September 30th, Lyft eagerly pointed towards a one percent tax on…

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Uber gets reprieve from judge's cease-and-desist, remains illegal, but now uncertain what PPA will do

Philadelphia's ride-hailing saga—starring Uber, Lyft, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), and a greek chorus of taxi owners, cab drivers, and disability advocates—has had more twists and turns, back stabbings and double…

    • The crowd grew anxious when Stutzman, left, appeared to spend more time speaking with Alperstein than with others

PPA resuming enforcement against Uber/Lyft starting Friday, relaxes taxi regulations

In a statement released late Tuesday, Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) interim Deputy Executive Director Corinne O’Connor provided 48-hour-notice that the agency would resume enforcement actions against Uber and Lyft. The controversial…

    • Below Benjamin Franklin Bridge | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

PPA faces Fenerty fallout, hikes lot rates in Center City, pursues lot below Ben Franklin Bridge

Before the pack of impatient reporters who attended Thursday morning’s meeting of the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) Board could ask questions about former Executive Director Vince Fenerty’s resignation, after two counts…

    • Vince Fenerty (file) | Tom MacDonald / WHYY
    • Taxi driver protest, 2014 | Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Taxis, limos, and disabled activists to file lawsuit seeking injunction of PPA’s agreement to effectively legalize Uber

A coalition of taxi drivers, limousine drivers, and advocates for the disabled announced, calling itself Fair Ride Philly, plans to file a lawsuit tomorrow in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas seeking…

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After PPA gives Uber 90-day pass, taxis promise “chaos” during the DNC, and lawsuits

If you were worried that the Democratic National Convention coming to Philadelphia later this month wouldn’t be as interesting as the protest-filled Republican National Convention in 2000 or the cluster jam…

    • Accessibility activists gather on July 2 to witness Philadelphia's introduction of new wheelchair accessible taxis. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Taxi medallion values hit new low as PPA sets minimum bid for upcoming auction

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) set the minimum bid for the sale of 41 new taxi medallions for wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) at $10,000 at its monthly board meeting Tuesday morning.…

    • Public school funding advocates hold signs in protest before the start of the PPA meeting as security looks on

PPA lambasted by education advocates over recent amendments to UberX, Lyft legalization bill

If you go to Fairmount Park or Rittenhouse Square on one of these sunny afternoons, you’ll see some little children, running around, playing with nature’s toys—sticks and stones—and generally having a…

    • Rendering of new glass canopy over stairs to PPA's Independence Mall garage

Parking Authority payments to School District dropping; New stairwells at Independence Mall before DNC

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) board approved its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning April 1st which predicts a $2 million dollar decline in PPA payments to the School District…

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Taxi and limo drivers threaten Kenney: Stop UberX and Lyft by Wednesday or else...

A coalition of taxi, limo, Uber and Lyft drivers, plus disability rights advocates, handed out flyers during Mayor Jim Kenney’s inaugural budget address, warning that if the Mayor did not take…

    • Limo driver Isam Ahmed protesting ride share competition, December 2015 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Unlikely alliance unites against Uber and Lyft: Disability advocates, cabbies, limos, and PPA

On Tuesday, an unusual coalition of disability advocates, cabbies, limo drivers, and taxi owners came together to beg the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) to stop UberX and Lyft. Around 30 representatives…

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