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Council approves new parking program

November 17 2016

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Our parking meter charges will now be based on usage and demand after Council approved a new data-driven parking program yesterday evening.

As demand for parking varies throughout the day, we'll introduce specific meter rates for daytime and evening periods with lower rates for off-peak periods.

Changes to parking meter rates will be based on demand

Parking rates will better reflect how street parking space is being used, block by block. Rates will be:

  • Lowered by one dollar per hour on blocks with lower occupancy rates (60% or less)
  • Increased by one dollar per hour in very busy areas, where there is a peak parking occupancy rate of 85% or higher

Decisions on the number of meters affected will be made early in 2017 based on the curbside parking occupancy data for 2016. Parking meter rates will be adjusted annually based on data collected throughout the previous calendar year. We have engaged with all business improvement associations about the proposed changes.

Similar data-driven parking meter programs are becoming increasingly common in North America and have already been deployed in Calgary, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

Why change metered parking?

The changes will:

  • Ensure that people trying to park are well served at their destinations
  • Address the safety, congestion, and environmental impacts associated with unnecessary driving around to search for on-street parking

Background

  • There are approximately 10,000 metered parking spaces in Vancouver.
  • Parking meter rates (currently $1.00 to $6.00 per hour) vary by location and are in effect between 9:00am and 10:00pm every day.
  • Annual revenue from parking is about $50 million a year.

Learn more in the Council report PDF file (460 KB)