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The Reading Parking Authority has announced several upgrades and improvements via the following press release:

The Reading Parking Authority (RPA) has initiated upgrades, renovations and capital expenditures to provide its customers with a better parking experience. Future and current changes include:

• Painting to provide a brighter, cleaner environment

• Upgrading to brighter and longer-lasting lights

• Rehabbing and reinforcement of concrete surfaces, which will also provide a smoother ride

• Adding state-of-the art technology at the gates for faster, easier access

• Upgrading credit card payment capabilities for monthly lease payments and at the gates for visitors

• Upgrading payment kiosks at stairwell(s) that accept cash and credit cards

• Paying for monthly permits online

• Automatic withdrawal for monthly permit holders from their bank account

The RPA will begin work on the Chiarelli Plaza Garage on April 22, 2019. The current monthly lease rates at the Chiarelli Plaza, which have been in effect since January 1, 2015, are $82.00 for a regular space, $123.00 for a reserved space, and $65.00 for a residential space.

Due to the planned technology upgrades, ALL Chiarelli Plaza Garage permit holders will have to complete a NEW lease agreement with the RPA on or before April 12, 2019 for continued use of the Garage. This is true for all Chiarelli Plaza permit holders despite any prior lease agreement with the RPA. If your employer issued the PROXY card you use to enter the Chiarelli Plaza Garage, please contact them to complete the required forms. The new information requested by the RPA is necessary because of the planned technology upgrades. It will also allow the RPA to contact its customers as issues arise, for example, snow emergencies, garage upgrades/repairs, special rates, and/or concerning billing inquiries.

When new PROXY cards are available for continued access to the Chiarelli Plaza Garage and you have provided all of the newly requested forms and information to the RPA, you will be contacted via phone or email to return your current PROXY card. Then, you will be issued a new PROXY card to enter/exit the Chiarelli Plaza. In the meantime, please continue to use your current PROXY card. The PROXY card exchange for permit holders will be at the RPA’s main office at 613 Franklin Street, Reading, Pa.

Other RPA facilities will also receive technology upgrades. Here is the tentative order in which those upgrades will be implemented (starting dates to be announced later):  

·        Convention Center

·        2nd and Washington

·        4th and Cherry

·        South Penn

·        Reed and Court

·        Poplar and Walnut

·        7th and Washington Lot

·        Front and Washington

RPA business hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. During the process, RPA has extended its office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 6:45 p.m. starting April 2, 2019 and continuing until the new gate process is completed.

For questions or concerns, please contact Thomas J. MacDougal, IV, RPA Executive Director, at 610-655-6166.