The Philadelphia Parking Authority is phasing out its Smart Card sysem. Credit: Metro Archive
The Philadelphia Parking Authority will start phasing out its Smart Card system, it announced Tuesday.
The authority said it plans to stop selling the cards after May 30. Valid Smart Cards will be accepted by kiosks and meters until Dec. 31.
"With the installation of over 1,000 kiosks throughout the city that accept credit cards, the demand for Smart Cards has dropped dramatically," Deputy Executive Director Corrine O'Connor said in a statement. "Based on the high per-card production cost, combined with its near-obsolescence, we decided to end the Smart Card program."
The PPA started selling the cards in 2001 as a "convenient alternative to coins for use in parking meters," according to the release.