PPA’s MeterUP Just Went Belly Up Due to Financial Woes
Looks like times up for PPA’s newest feature MeterUP. The promising app gave the ability to pay for street parking through your phone as well as add time to your meter remotely. It was an ingenious tool to combat parking tickets but it may have been too good to be true.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority is citing financial issues for the failed service. MeterUP was actually ran by a third-party company called Pango USA. Recent articles about Pango USA cite their strong political ties to former mayors Ed Randell and Michael Nutter. All parties have denounced rumors that their relationship with Pango resulted in them winning the initial RFP (rolls eyes, sure guys).
According to the latest stats MeterUp had 20,000+ users and generated a handsome sum of $15,000 a day in revenue. However, it wasn’t enough to keep the lights on so the company folded.
The PPA has not given up hope in making this service a mainstay as they plan to put out another RFP for a replacement company. Even if someone responds promptly the earliest we will see a similar app on the market place will be in the summer. As soon as we hear word on a continuation of a pay by phone meter service we will provide an update.