Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Metered parking free after 11 a.m. all Saturdays through year's end.
Christmas shopping just got a little easier for shoppers in Northwest Philadelphia and citywide. The Philadelphia Parking Authority announced free metered parking for next Saturdays through the end of the year. That offer extends citywide, including Main Street Manayunk, Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy, and Ridge Avenue in Roxborough. “The Philadelphia Parking Authority is pleased to join with Mayor Michael Nutter and be a part of spreading the holiday joy and encouraging shoppers to patronize local merchants during the holidays,” PPA Executive Director Vince Fenerty said. The deal began Nov. 24 and continues until Dec. 29. Free metered parking starts at 11 a.m. each Saturday. All other parking violations will be enforced, …
Monday, September 3, 2012
Where does the Philadelphia Parking Authority send its revenue from parking violations?
Over the last two months, Chestnut Hill has seen parking violations nearly double over last year's number of tickets. Most tickets are $26. And with more than 1,000 violations distributed in Chestnut Hill in each of the last two months, where does that money go? According to Linda Miller, a spokeswoman for the PPA, the money goes to the City of Philadelphia. "After PPA expenses any revenue resulting from the onstreet operations, including ticketing, goes to the General Fund, City of Philadelphia," Miller said. Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Sign up for our newsletter While in some parts of the city, onstreet operations includes money collected from kiosks and parking lots, in Chestnut Hill, the money collected from the …
Friday, August 31, 2012
The number of parking tickets issued this time last year has gone up quite a bit since the kiosks have been installed.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority has been busy in Chestnut Hill this summer. Since the kiosk payment system was installed in the spring, there has been an extra enforcement officer assigned to Chestnut Hill. Though the PPA reported that the addition has not drastically changed the way the neighborhood is monitored, Linda Miller, spokeswoman for the PPA, reported that the numbers have gone up this summer compared to last year. Here are the stats: Visitors and residents of Chestnut Hill have noticed the upswing. Earlier this month, a regular at McNally’s wrote a letter to the editor of Chestnut Hill Patch stating that the new parking system would lose regular customers: “Shame on us for not being more attentive. It cost us $56. Shame on …
Sunday, August 26, 2012
How has adding the Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation lots affected the Philadelphia Parking Authority in Chestnut Hill?
While the paid parking kiosks installed in Chestnut Hill lots has affected shoppers and residents of Chestnut Hill, it has not forced major changes to the way the Philadelphia Parking Authority patrols Chestnut Hill. According to Linda Miller, a spokeswoman for the PPA, the lots were simply added to the beats of the patrolmen. “They are assigned beats by geographical area and patrol throughout the day,” Miller said. “They just patrol the area, definitely more than two times a day.” While the PPA gets none of the income generated by the kiosks, which were installed in April, it has not impacted the PPA in terms of taking on more work. “Instead of just walking the street, now they might be walking on Evergreen, and then patrol the parking …
Friday, April 27, 2012
The Chestnut Hill Parking Authority announced that payment will be enforced in its lots starting at the beginning of May.
Starting May 1, residents and shoppers in Chestnut Hill will have to pay to use the Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation lots. The parking kiosk payment system has been in place since April 18, but the grace period will end with April. The foundation announced that the May 1 date will be accompanied by enforcement by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Kiosks have been installed in foundation lots throughout Chestnut Hill which accept cash, credit cards or tokens, which serve as credits for parking. The cost of parking is $1 an hour or $.25 for 15 minutes. The tokens are valued at $.50, giving patrons 30 minutes per token. “We understand this is going to be an adjustment for the residents and visitors of our great shopping and restaurant …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Gripes aside, when you get a ticket, you usually have to pay it.
Along Germantown Avenue, and possibly eventually in the Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation lots around the neighborhood, parking spots are subject to the rulings of the Philadelphia Parking Authority. When you see that blue-and-white ticket fluttering from underneath your windshield, the finality of a parking ticket generally sets in. But how do you pay for that ticket and what to do if you want to contest it? There are really two ways to handle a Philadelphia Parking Authority violation—pay or contest it. We'll get to court in a sec. First, there are four methods of payment, all with their own drawbacks and perks. Online: If you take that ticket and visit the PPA's website, you can solve the problem quickly. The website is fairly easy to …
Monday, November 28, 2011
President of the Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation John Ingersoll told Philly.com that a Nov. 10 meeting on the deal was canceled.
Will Chestnut Hill parking lots go pay? According to a Philly.com article, the decision is still up in the air, but is facing negative feedback from business owners and resident alike. At the November Chestnut Hill Community Association board meeting, board member and business owner Vanessa Mullen spoke against the plan, stating that the community association and business owners have, so far, had very little say in the change. In the Philly.com article, community activist Donna Gentile O'Donnell said that increased Philadelphia Parking Authority presence could be damaging to the Germantown Avenue business district. In a recent poll on Chestnut Hill Patch, we asked how paid parking lots would affect residents' visits to Germantown Avenue …
Friday, November 18, 2011
The Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation lots will become pay lots if the deal is finalized.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority would get 20 percent of proceeds through a deal in the works to have them take over enforcement of the Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation lots. According to Mark Keints, a Chestnut Hill Community Association board member who represents the CHCA to the parking foundation, the Parking Authority will also get the revenue from parking tickets issued. “There is really no viable alternative to managing six to eight small lots,” Keintz said at the CHCA board meeting Thursday night. When asked if it was a done deal, Keintz responded, “I think so.” Business owners in the area are currently under a volunteer compliance plan that asks them to pay a fee to maintain the lots. According to Keintz, the businesses were at …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The currently free lots may begin charging $1 an hour.
Free parking may be a thing of the past along the Chestnut Hill Business District. According to an article on Newsworks, the lots owned by the Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation may need to install pay machines, like others in the city. According to the article, the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which already monitors the metered parking along Germantown Avenue, would be in charge of enforcing the paid parking in the lots. Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation President John Ingersoll did not return calls for more information on the potential new plan. Stay tuned to Patch for more as information becomes available. If the parking lots begin charging, how will it affect your visits to Germantown Avenue shops? Take our poll and let us know.