Bethlehem Parking Authority Becomes an Accredited Parking Organization


International designation recognizes national and international standards for parking management and operations, customer service, professional development, safety, and security.

Accredited Parking Organization logoBethlehem, Pennsylvania – The Bethlehem Parking Authority recently earned status as an Accredited Parking Organization (APO), joining an elite class of the top organizations in the parking and mobility industry. APO is a designation for organizations that recognizes best practices in responsible parking management and operations, customer service, professional development, sustainability and access management, safety, data security and risk management, and more.

“It’s quite an achievement, which follows a lengthy and arduous review process,” explained Shawn Conrad, CAE, CEO of the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI), the organization that sets the standards for APO Accreditation and Accreditation with Distinction. The APO program was established to set industry standards that develop, ensure, and support a high level of professionalism and competency in parking, transportation, and mobility management.

To earn the APO Accreditation, an organization must demonstrate its commitment to ongoing evaluation and improvement through the implementation of industry best practices. Applicant organizations work with third-party reviewers to present evidence of accomplishment of more than 100 criteria in 14 categories, in addition to 25 required criteria. Accreditation requires that at least one facility is evaluated and meets the criteria as established by the APO Board of Directors.

“Parking at an accredited facility or operation assures the public that the organization adheres to a strict code of ethics and meets national and internationally endorsed standards for professionalism, accountability, responsibility, and performance,” Conrad said.

“We’re extremely proud of the Bethlehem Parking Authority for receiving this accreditation. They join an exclusive group of parking and mobility organizations that operate at a very high level and well above standard parking practices,” said City of Bethlehem Mayor J. William Reynolds.

The mission of the Bethlehem Parking Authority is to support the growth and development of the city of Bethlehem by efficiently managing and administering parking resources that contribute to a safe, accessible, and sustainable community.

“This is all about our Team Members. Their dependability, consistency, and ability to continuously improve the organization put us in the best possible position to earn this prestigious accreditation,” said Steve Fernstrom, Executive Director.