The Philadelphia Parking Authority released a comprehensive set of data on all the parking tickets it’s written in the city of Philadelphia since January of 2012. The agency has written 4.9 million (yes, million) tickets between Jan. 1, 2012 and March 31, 2015.
When filtered, we can see that Chestnut Hill accounts for 42,190 tickets, or .857 percent, of the citywide total. Hillers, who have been sensitive to what is perceived as a high rate of ticketing in the neighborhood can take some solace in the fact that more tickets were written in the nearby neighborhoods of Germantown (71,000 in 19144) and Manayunk (93,500).
One of the biggest complaints about parking in recent years was the introduction of tickets written by the PPA in lots owned by the Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation. The numbers provided by the PPA do not break out which tickets were written in the lots, but some clues as to how the lots influenced overall ticketing in Chestnut Hill are in the data.
Looking at monthly totals, Chestnut Hill was the source of between 700 and 900 tickets per month through the first half of 2012. In June of 2012, that number shot up to 1,536 from 934 the month before. That’s a more than 50 percent hike in the number of tickets issued.
The good news is that that number was the high water mark for tickets issued. Recent months have seen a return to numbers that look about the same as before kiosks were installed in parking authority lots. In March this year, 900 tickets were issued in Chestnut Hill. No month has ever seen another 1,500 tickets or more written.
We will continue looking at the numbers and breaking out interesting findings when we get them, so stay tuned. And in the meantime, feed those meters.