Back to kiosks for Philly parking as PPA suspends Meter Up app

 A man buys parking time at a kiosk on Filbert Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY, file)

A man buys parking time at a kiosk on Filbert Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY, file)

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is suspending its smartphone app effective midnight April 12th.

Corrine O’Connor of the Philadelphia Parking Authority says issues with a private vendor have pushed the authority to shut down the Meter Up app.

“A new company bought out the contract in October. Once they started having a lot of conversations with them, the obligations of the contract weren’t meeting the revenue so they expressed some concerns.”

O’Connor says the contract will have to be completely re-bid to pick a new company and impliment a new system.  

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“Vendors will look at it. They have a time where they can ask questions, they will give a presentation and then we’ll then pick the most responsible bidder.”

The new service could be in place this summer.  In the meantime,  people used to paying with an app will have to make do with PPA kiosks.

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