Tow trucks are now enforcing strict parking restrictions in designated security zones for Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia.
So far the Philadelphia Parking Authority towed 216 vehicles out of the first two no-parking zones that went into effect Sunday evening and Monday morning. That included areas stretching from the Art Museum southeast past City Hall as well as swaths of Southwest Center City and Fairmount.
Officials will begin towing vehicles parked in a large area stretching east from City Hall and surrounding Independence Mall at 6 p.m. Tuesday. By Wednesday, swaths of West Philadelphia, Spring Garden and Fairmount will also be no-parking zones.
The no-parking zones will be coupled with road closures — including the shutdown of the Schuylkill Expressway and Vine Street Expressway starting Friday night.
Here's the towing breakdown:
- SUNDAY 9/20 at 6PM — Area around Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Logan Square and City Hall
- MONDAY 9/21 at 9AM — Fairmount adjacent to the Parkway and western Center City near Schuylkill Banks
- TUESDAY 9/22 at 6PM — Old City, Independence Mall and Market East
- WEDNESDAY 9/23 at 9AM — Routes designated as access roads and walking lanes
Here's a map for the full breakdown. Click to enlarge.
Residents in the affected neighborhoods have the option of purchasing a $20 parking placard that will allow their cars to legally stay parked on the street until Thursday, Sept. 24, and also give them access to a parking garage for when their cars do have to move. The PPA says 700 temporary permits have been purchased.
Luxe, a private valet service, is also available — for $20 a day, valets will move your car for you.
If your car is towed, it will cost you $76.
SEPTA also released an interactive map showing each of the 18 Regional Rail Stations that will operate during the weekend of the Papal visit. The maps show basic station information, parking locations, customer drop off/pickup points, customer staging zones and road closures.