If you plan to park on the avenue for a couple hours, pack some quarters — eight of them.
The price to park at a meter on Passyunk Avenue doubled from 50 cents to $1 an hour starting last month.
“Needless to say folks are not pleased,” said Renee Gilinger, director of the East Passyunk Business Improvement District. “I’ve asked Councilman [Mark Squilla's] office to request kiosks again. It was mentioned a few years ago.”
Turns out, though, by next summer we may get one step up from those green kiosks in Center City, which are confusing and have difficulty accepting paper money.
Anne Kelly in Squilla’s office said the Philadelphia Parking Authority “is considering ‘Pay by Phone,’ a mobile phone app for parking, and will no longer be installing kiosks. Councilman Squilla has been in a meetings about this.”
PPA sent out a “request for information” last month from companies that would provide the spiffed-up meters, Philly.com reported. PPA hopes to have some sort of smart-phone payment system in place by next summer (though we heard something similar from SEPTA about its new payment technology coming this summer).
Details of how the program would work are not available because the vendor won’t be selected until at least the end of this year. Here’s how one program worked, as an example on Philly.com:
Both Allentown and Camden, as well as several other municipalities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, have contracted with New York-based platform provider MobileNOW! LLC.
After registering online, patrons can add money to their meter via credit card by using a smart phone app or by making a phone call and following the prompts. Customers can also remotely extend their parking session without returning to their car and receive text alerts when their time is almost up.
That would be helpful. But it’s going to be a long year for those folks who drive to work down here, no?