Established in 1950, the Philadelphia Parking Authority is governed by the city of Philadelphia. The authority is responsible for providing well-organized transportation system that encourages economic development and serves the needs of the public. It operates parking and traffic management programs. The Philadelphia Parking Authority is also responsible for building parking lots and garages. The authority serves residents and business owners. It offers installation and maintenance services for parking meters. In addition, the authority prepares work orders for parking regulations signs. It issues and processes parking tickets and loading zone permits, as well as tows motor vehicles. The Philadelphia Parking Authority additionally administers a pilot red light safety program.