Old Town parking meter rates increasing


Old Town parking meter rates increasing
  1. Old Town parking meter rates increasing
    Parking fees are expected to go up in the Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, providing an additional $457,000 a year to town…
    Ontario

Parking fees are expected to go up in the Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, providing an additional $457,000 a year to town coffers.

On Monday, council’s operations advisory committee unanimously approved a 50-cent hike to hourly rates for meters, an extension of pay parking for an extra two hours to 8 p.m., and an eventual expansion of metered parking to areas that are currently free.

The last change to parking rates was in 2011. Meter prices are $2 an hour on Queen St. Other metered spaces in the heritage area are $1.50 an hour.

Marci Weston, traffic engineering technologist, reported to councillors that a survey of other tourist destinations showed that Niagara-on-the-Lake has significantly lower hourly rates than other similar areas with limited parking and high demand.

Weston estimated that a 50-cent increase for meters on three high-demand blocks of Queen St. would generate an additional $306,000 in revenue.

Pay parking in the heritage area is in effect from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. seven days a week, except in December when it’s free.

“While these meter hours are appropriate for a typical downtown business district, they do not reflect the realities of a vibrant tourist destination where the streets are busy late into the evening,” Weston reported.

She said that charging for an additional two hours a day would net about $151,000 more annually, including the cost of extended parking enforcement.

Weston also recommended that the town install pay parking on Wellington Street opposite the former hospital this year and on Byron Street between King Street and Parks Canada lands in 2018. After the capital costs for meters or pay stations have been paid, she estimated the two new…

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