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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…

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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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

Bill to legalize UberX and Lyft in all of Pennsylvania clears committee, expected to pass House next week

A bill to legalize the ride-hailing companies passed the Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee today, clearing the way for a vote before the full House perhaps as soon as next week.…

    • 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…

    • 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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Parking Authority Director wants higher fines for parking in snow routes

The Philadelphia Parking Authority’s Executive Director had some choice words Tuesday for the 200 or so Philadelphians who left their cars parked on emergency snow routes as winter storm Jonas dumped…

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PPA Privatization Explainer: Revenue generator or boondoggle?

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R., Centre) raised eyebrows this weekend with a memo to colleagues seeking co-sponsors for a forthcoming bill to privatize the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA). The memo,…

    • PPA project manager Sue Cornell explains meterUP app at a press conference

New PPA pay-by-mobile app for parking pilot launches Thursday

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) announced today that its new pay-by-mobile app, meterUP, will launch in pilot areas Thursday morning. And if you need added incentive to get it, the first…

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

Parking Authority pushes for more wheelchair accessible cabs, taxis push back

When George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law 25 years ago, it was a watershed moment for anyone with mobility issues. Before the ADA, society everywhere…

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PPA executive reveals Papal plans: 700,000 on the parkway, security perimeter around Center City, SEPTA bus suspensions and more

Philadelphians thinking about renting out their homes for the Pope’s weekend visit on September 26th and 27th might want to consider tacking on that Friday: That’s when the most—if not all—of…

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PPA okays pay-by-phone parking app, electric vehicle charging at PHL

The Philadelphia Parking Authority selected Pango USA as contractor for installing and implementing a pay-by-phone parking app. The company already provides similar services in Phoenix, Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre. Philadelphia will be…

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PPA calls enforcement against uberX and Lyft too costly to increase, despite hefty fines

Lyft and uberX operate illegally in Philadelphia. If you’re one of the nearly 455,000 who have used uberX in Philly since October, you might not have realized that the Philadelphia Parking…

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