Reboot of PPA payment app expected in fall

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 Clarena Tolson, executive director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, says (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Clarena Tolson, executive director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, says (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

In April, malfunctions caused the Philadelphia Parking Authority to cancel its app to pay for on-street parking.

Now, motorists will have to wait until after the summer for a replacement.

After the firm running the old app shut down abruptly, the PPA sought bids from other vendors, said Clarena Tolson, executive director.

“We currently have five responses, and we expect to have a contract negotiated and ready for board approval by the end of July,” she said Thursday.

Once a contract is awarded, it will take a while before the app is ready for drivers, Tolson said.

“It’s a very complex app because we have so many zones that are two zones, one-hour zones, different times,” she said. “There’s a significant amount of programming that is required for that, so it will take some time for our vendor to get meters up and moving again efficiently.”

The goal is to have the new app up and running by the fall, she said.

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