Philadelphia Parking Authority
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|Jurisdiction||City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
701 Market Street
The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) was created by a Philadelphia City Council ordinance adopted on January 11, 1950, as authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Parking Authority Law (Act of June 5, 1947, 53 P.S. § 341 et. seq.). 
The Parking Authority:
- Generates needed revenue for the city
- Coordinates the parking efforts of public agencies
- Builds and operates public parking facilities
- Does planning and analysis of parking requirements
In popular culture it is the basis of the reality television show Parking Wars.
In 1982, Philadelphia City Council was authorized by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to delegate certain powers formerly exercised by various city departments to the Parking Authority. In April, 1983, City Council transferred on-street parking responsibilities to the Authority.
Functions transferred from the Streets Department:
- Location, installation and maintenance of all parking meters throughout the city
- Preparation of documentation to modify existing or implement new parking regulations, establishing time limits, loading zones, fire hydrant restrictions, reserved parking for people with disabilities, tow-away zones and residential permit parking
- Preparation of work orders for parking regulations signs
Functions transferred from the Revenue Department:
- Meter Collections
Functions transferred from the Police Department:
- Issuance and processing of parking tickets
- Towing of motor vehicles
- Impoundment of motor vehicles
However, both Police Department officers and SEPTA supervisors can issue parking tickets.
Functions transferred from the Department of Licenses and Inspections:
- Issuance of Loading Zone Permits
- Administration of the Residential Parking Permit Program
A vast majority of revenue for On-Street parking for PPA is generated from ticketing violations (63%) and meter parking (29%). Other revenue categories comprise less than 9% of PPA's On-Street parking income.
Taxicabs and limousines
Pilot red light safety program
The Authority has been authorized by the General Assembly to administer a pilot red light enforcement program. Cameras are installed at intersections with a high accident rate, and fines are imposed for motorists who run red lights. Notices are sent by mail to offenders, based on photos of license plates and the motorists themselves.
PPA Executive Staff
- Executive Director - Acting - Richard Dickson
- Deputy Executive Director – Richard Dickson
- Deputy Executive Director – Corinne O'Connor
- Board Chairman - Joseph T. Ashdale
Originally, the Authority's Board of Directors was controlled by city officials, but the legislature, acting at the initiative of Representative John Perzel, has shifted control to state officials, including the Governor and officers of the legislature.
- Joseph T. Ashdale, Chairman
- Al Schmidt
- Alfred W. Taubenberger
- Russel Wagner, CPA
- Karen W. Wrigley, OD
- "Philadelphia Parking Authority - Fact Sheet". Retrieved 2011-10-12.
Headquarters Located: 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
- "Philadelphia Parking Authority - History". Retrieved 2011-10-12.
- "Philadelphia Parking Authority - Redlights".
- "The PA Report "Power 75" List" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capital Growth, Inc. January 31, 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-20.
With the possible exception of the late Jim Manderino, Pennsylvania has not had, in recent years, a legislative leader with the power of this Philadelphian.
- PPA Team Members, The Philadelphia Parking Authority
- 2012 Financial Statement
- 2010 Financial Statement