Driving Into Philadelphia? Plan on Paying for Parking Again

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is enforcing parking meters in the heart of Philadelphia, again

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What to Know

  • The Philadelphia Parking Authority began enforcing parking meters on Monday, June 15.
  • Parking meter enforcement was paused as Philadelphia was in the "red" phase of coronavirus closures.
  • Parking meter enforcement and other parking restrictions will be enforced in other neighborhoods starting June 22.

If you are driving into parts of Philadelphia, you are going to have to start feeding the parking meter again after being paused due to the novel coronavirus.

The Philadelphia Parking Authority began enforcing parking meter enforcement on Monday, June 15, in Center City and University City. The PPA pushed back the restart time after earlier saying that enforcement would begin on June 8.

Parking enforcement in the rest of the city and residential parking zone enforcement resumes on June 22, the PPA said.

For people concerned over touching surfaces, the MeterUp app can be used to avoid touching parking kiosks. You can also call 1-877-727-5303 to pay to park.

The parking changes came after Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs entered the “yellow” phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus reopening plan.

The PPA has continued to ticket drivers for “blatant violations that pose a threat to public order and safety such as double-parking, loading zone violations and blocking entranceways or crosswalks,” the agency said.

Safety violations being enforced include: no stopping zones, parking in front of a fire hydrant, bus zones, blocking a wheelchair ramp and loading zones.

Earlier this month, the PPA resumed normal pricing for its Center City parking garages.

The PPA has details on parking in Philadelphia on its site.

For people riding SEPTA, face masks are once again required starting Monday. There are also rider limits on buses and trolleys to promote social distancing.

SEPTA had eased the requirement to a recommendation in April after police removed a rider who tried to board a bus without a mask. Employees will now engage riders to remind them about the requirement, SEPTA said.

“Riders have made it clear that requiring everyone to wear face coverings would help make them feel safe returning to transit,” SEPTA general manager Leslie Richards said.

Customers can use any type of cloth material that covers the mouth and nose, SEPTA said.

Editor's Note (Monday, June 8, 2020 1:27 p.m.): The Philadelphia Parking Authority shared an incorrect date for when parking meter enforcement will begin. Our story has been updated with the correct date.

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