PPA expands pay-by-phone app across city for on-street parking

Pat Loeb
July 25, 2018 - 9:33 pm
The Philadelphia Parking Authority is expanding its meterUP app citywide.

Kristen Johanson | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — You will be able to use a smartphone to pay for on-street parking in every neighborhood in Philadelphia — starting now. 

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is expanding its meterUP app citywide.

PPA Executive Director Scott Petri said PPA has been letting its provider, ParkMobile, slowly expand to show it can handle additional coverage areas, and now it's ready to go citywide.

"We're very excited about the opportunity to provide this very popular service to Philadelphians," he said.

The agency contracted with ParkMobile last year after its previous vendor had financial problems. It rolled out in December 2017 and has been downloaded more than 91,000 times since then. 

The expansion includes coin-operated meters marked with the meterUP decal or kiosk. More of those decals will get posted throughout the city in the coming weeks.

"We're also going out for bid on replacing all the kiosks and the older technology and meters, so more and more, there'll be more opportunity for Philadelphians to use pay-by-phone," he added.