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Paying for Parking in Parts of Philadelphia as Easy as Tapping Your Phone

Pango will power the PPA's meterUP app

Paying for parking in Philadelphia is going to finally be at your fingertips – well at least in a few spots.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority will launch its pay-by-phone “meterUP” app this week in select zones Thursday.

PPA Launching 'Pay-by-Phone' App

[PHI] PPA Launching 'Pay-by-Phone' App
The new 'meterUp' app debuts Thursday and allows drivers to pay for parking by tapping their smartphone.
(Published Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015)

The PPA unveiled more details about its plans for the parking payment system at an event Tuesday. The app – which the PPA partnered with Pango to wheel out – will allow drivers to pay using a smartphone and add more time while away from your vehicle.

"MeterUP is another PPA technological innovation aimed at improving customer service and the overall parking experience in Philadelphia," said PPA Executive Director Vince Fenerty.

The PPA will unveil meterUP in four pilot zones for the next six months:

  • Between 4th and 20th streets and Arch and Locust streets in Center City,
  • Christopher Columbus Boulevard from Spring Garden to Race streets in Penn’s Landing
  • SEPTA’s Torresdale Train Station in the Northeast
  • PPA's 8th & Chestnut parking lot in Center City

No word yet on when the agency plans to expand the pay-by-phone program.

PPA spokesman Marty O'Rourke said that Pango is assuming all costs related to the payment program.