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Free Time on Penn

Free Parking on Penn Street for 15 Minutes!

READING, Pa., November 15, 2023—Reading Parking Authority announced a five-minute extension to the “Free 10 on Penn” program that provides free parking for people running quick errands on Penn Street. Drivers will now receive up to 15 minutes of complimentary parking, an increase from the original 10 minutes.

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How to Get Your Free 15 Minutes

Parking 15 minutes or less? It’s FREE!

Just follow these quick and easy steps:

  • Note your license plate number before you walk away. (PRO TIP: Cell phone photos work great!)
  • Locate the closest pay station. You can find them near the center of the block on both the north & south sides of Penn Street.
  • Enter your license plate number into the pay station.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts.
  • Your free 15 minutes start after the last screen.
  • Remember to take your receipt! It includes what time your free parking expires.
  • On the run and realize you need more time? The ParkMobile app lets you add time right from your phone.


  • Suggestion: Set the timer on your phone or watch to remind you when to be back at your car!

Terms & Conditions:

Available at pay stations only. Currently not available via app or text.
Limited to one (1) time per calendar day.
Only necessary & available during meter enforcement hours:

  • Mon – Fri from 8AM-6PM
  • Saturday from 8AM-2 PM