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It's been quite a while since I've needed to park near the RP train station to go into Philadelphia, and I was quite surprised today to find that nearly all the meters around it are limited to 6 hours - NOT long enough for a day of work in the city. The ones on the opposite side of the tracks to the station allow 12 hours.

What's up with that? It makes little sense to me that the town would limit people (and revenue?) in this way. Weird and frustrating.

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Comment by Rebecca Clemmer on December 10, 2009 at 6:33pm
Thanks for the info, and it helps to know things were thought out. Obviously I wasn't going to check ALL the meters as I had to catch a train, it just seemed like the convenient ones were all 6 hours and I couldn't use them!
Comment by Tom Byrne on December 10, 2009 at 4:51pm
Some information regarding parking meters. There are 88 parking meters in the area of two train stations, 76 on E.Ridley and E. Hinckley for Ridley Park Station and 12 on W.Ridley for Crum Lynne Station. 13 of these 88 meters are for 6 hours, the remainer are 12 hour meters. Six are in on E.Hinckley Ave. in front of the Gas Light. At one time these were 2 hour meters, but we adjusted them, so that employees of businesses located on Sellers Ave. could use them. If they were 12 they would be used by people on the train, and not available for business owners. Also, the train parking clears out between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., the Gas Light opens for business at 3 p.m.. On E.Ridley we have 7 six hours meters just over the bridge, west of Sellers Ave.. These spots are used by employees of Double Decker. By using these spaces, it frees up space for customers to park in the Business District. A 6 hour meter gives workers enough time that they do not have to keep coming out and putting money in the meter, but it will be open for them when they get to work and open their business. One of our goals is to free up spaces for customers to park when they shop in our town. Hope this answers your question. Chief Tom Byrne, Ridley Park Police
Comment by Rebecca Clemmer on December 10, 2009 at 12:03pm
As far as a stranger's car parked in front of your house - yes I understand, but if there's a meter in front of your house you're not going to park there anyway. So why not make the meter a 12-hour one? A 6-hour meter doesn't really help anyone.

As for the parking in front of the Gaslight, wouldn't their traffic be more in the evening, more or less after the commuter crowd has left?

I wonder about the meters on E. Ridley between Ward and Swarthmore. They seem to also be 6-hour meters, when to me it would make sense for them to be the 12 (for the commuter crowd), since most RP downtown shoppers are unlikely to park 'that' far away just to run to Langguth's for instance.
Comment by Howard McCoy on December 9, 2009 at 11:11pm
Seems like Isaac Hinckley under appreciated car traffic like periodic leaders after him forgot the purpose of a planning commission and a zoning board. Parking is the pits. Our small town businesses thrive on in & out customer parking and most of our larger downtown businesses provide their own. Why not encourage business traffic in & out of "the ville" by giving away the first 15 minutes of parking and charging double or triple for the next 15. There must be some science to this and some formula we're not aware of - like parking meter higher math. Train parking is a whole other issue. It's hard to appreciate a stranger's car parked in front of your house all day when it's raining and you're making extra long trips with Acme bags between your car and your home. I'd like to see a parking area over the train tracks with a walking area and green-space over the tracks into "the ville" so we'd keep Veteran's Park intact and add parking.
Comment by Hollywood 151 on December 9, 2009 at 9:58pm
Parking is always a problem in Ridley Park. The meters near the Gas Light are for food and booze customers I suppose. More restaurants would open if there was more parking. Has anybody ever suggested Veteran's Park Parking lot for 30 more cars?

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