PHILADELPHIA The Philadelphia Parking Authority is abandoning its Smart Card pay system, leaving customers to pay with only cash or credit cards.
PPA is losing money with the decade-old prepaid system, Corrine O'Connor, deputy executive director, said Tuesday.
"It just wasn't really fiscally sound to keep in that type of business," she said.
The agency announced Tuesday that it would not renew its contract to sell Smart Cards through OmPay, a Philadelphia-based technology firm. The cards will be sold through May 30, and must be used before they expire at the end of December.
When the Smart Card system ends, customers can pay with cash or credit cards at the city's 1,023 parking kiosks. Coins will be the only form of payment accepted at the 6,000 meters that now take Smart Cards.