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Phila. Parking Authority Extends Deadline for Pay-by-Cell System Proposals

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    The Philadelphia Parking Authority reissued Monday its call for vendors to submit their versions of a pay-by-cell parking system – extending the deadline for submissions to Sept. 15 and reiterating its goal to roll out the payment method by the end of next summer.

    The PPA initially revealed its intention to jump into the 21st century in early July when it posted a request for information (RFI) on a "an effective and efficient Pay by Cell Parking Payment System," according to the authority's website.

    The information gathered through the RFI -- a call-out for materials that allow the PPA to identify the various mobile payment systems currently available --  will be used to develop a request for proposal, which is a more formal document used to select a vendor.

    The RFI announced Monday clarified what information potential vendors need to present and changed the deadline from July 31 to Sept. 15, according to PPA spokesman Martin O'Rourke.

    Despite pushing back the cutoff date, the Authority still aims to have a pay-by-cell system in operation by the end of summer 2015, O'Rourke said.

    Features the Authority is interested in -- and drivers likely would welcome as well -- include a secure framework that is compatible with iOS and Android devices, reminders notifying motorists of dwindling time left on their meters and a user-friendly interface.