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PPA Suffers Financial Hit Due To Driver Accommodations During SEPTA Strike

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- At Tuesday's monthly meeting, the Philadelphia Parking Authority board got some bad news about its efforts during the SEPTA strike. On Tuesday it was announced the agency lost nearly 700-thousand dollars trying to help commuters.

Discounts at parking garages, grace periods at meters, and timed spaces were some of the accommodations the Parking Authority made to help the city through the strike. Acting director Clarena Tolson said the cost was just part of being on the team.

"It was certainly important that the Parking Authority be a partner in that process and at the end of the day, I think we offered a great opportunity for people to be able to access the city."

More revenue adjustments are coming, these from state law allowing ride-sharing services such as Uber and changing taxi regulation.

"It has some impact with regard to our taxi cab medallion sales, our inspection process and the like."

Tolson said the Authority is still reviewing how to make those changes.

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