PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Two free parking promotions that have been offered in Philadelphia for several years are coming to an end.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority is ending free parking in Center City after 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and for first Friday in Old City after 5 p.m. on the first Friday of the month.
This goes into effect next in October.
Many drivers say the free parking promotions were an incentive and drew people to the art galleries, shops and restaurants, and aren’t happy with the PPA’s decision.
A spokesman for Philadelphia Parking Authority declined an interview request saying the PPA is letting the press release speak for itself.
The release in part says…
“The conclusion of these promotions is intended to increase parking opportunities for those shopping and dining in the city, and in light of the increased flexibility afforded by the meterUP app.”
The pay by phone app allows the driver to pay the kiosk remotely and the PPA says it has been download 51,000 times since it debuted in November.