PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The  Philadelphia Parking Authority hit the streets towing vehicles Sunday at 6:00 p.m. The PPA began towing vehicles that were parked in designated security zones in Center City ahead of the papal visit.

Residents are required to move their vehicles to accommodate the city’s preparation for events that will be part the World Meeting of Families and visit of Pope Francis.

For vehicles in the event areas, temporary no parking signs will be posted indicating parking restrictions beginning at the following dates and times:

  • At 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 20, areas around the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the Art Museum extending East to 12th Street.
  • At 9:00 a.m. Monday, September 21, areas North and South of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
  • At 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 22, areas East of 12th Street to 3rd Street.
  • At 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 23, designated emergency routes will be cleared of parked cars.


Residents can buy spaces in various designated garages for $20, which allows them to park their vehicles there beginning Thursday, September 24 at 6 p.m. through Monday, September 28. Residents who own cars with a pre-purchased parking placard will have until 10:00 p.m. Thursday to move their vehicles from the street and park in their designated garage. The car must stay there until Monday. If the car has a current, valid Residential Parking Permit, the $20 fee will be waived.

Garage Locations:

  • Gateway Parking Garage – 16th & Vine Streets
  • Family Courthouse Garage – 15th & Arch Streets
  • Old City AutoPark – 2nd & Sansom Streets
  • Jefferson AutoPark – 10th and Ludlow Streets
  • The Gallery Mall AutoPark – 9th & Filbert Streets
  • Chestnut Street Surface Lot – 8th & Chestnut Streets


If your car is towed, you will be subject to a $76 fine, $175 in towing fees, and storage fees.

Resident who want to pre-purchase a space should go to the Philadelphia Parking Authority Customer Service Office on 35 N. 8th Street. They’re open from 9am to 2pm today, and 9am to 7pm Monday through Thursday.

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