PPA begins long process of replacing parking meters and kiosks in Center City

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Kiss the old Philadelphia Parking Authority kiosks goodbye.

The PPA officially began installing new kiosks Tuesday morning along Arch Street. Soon, every outdated meter in Center City will be replaced. 

PPA Executive Director Scott Petri said the new kiosks are some of the best in the world.

"They're much more convenient," he said. "They're easier to use."

The new kiosks ditch the dashboard receipt and instead use a pay-by-plate system. Users simply enter their license plate number and the zone they are parked in, then pay.

PPA is installing the first 60 kiosks in Center City and testing them over 30 days before they expand citywide. 

The team installed one at Ninth and Arch streets — a process that only took about 15 minutes. But with thousands to replace in the city, the project is expected to take about eight months overall.

"By March, the core of Center City will be done," Petri said. "And then it'll take us a little longer, and we'll be hitting the entire city."

You can still pay with cash, coins or credit card. You can also pay for more time from any nearby machine or remotely on the meterUP.