The City of St. John’s has begun installing new digital parking meters and raising parking rates.
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Coun. Bernard Davis speaks at Monday's St. John's city council meeting.
Coun. Bernard Davis, chairman of the city’s community services and housing standing committee, said Monday night at council’s regular meeting that installation has been completed in Churchill Square and Water Street, and is continuing on Duckworth Street. The new meters replace ones that were unable to accept newer loonies and toonies, and will also accept credit cards.
“It’s been pouring out for more of the installation of these parking meters, and we’re pleased to report we’re well ahead of schedule for the installation,” Davis said. “We have about 500 of the 1,169 parking meters installed as of now.”
The new meters take a new version of the ParkCard — old ones can be exchanged for new ones at city hall, with balances transferred for no fee.
Parking rates are also going up. Once the new meters are installed, the new rate will be 25 cents for 10 minutes, or $1.50 an hour, up from 25 cents for 12 minutes, or $1.25 per hour.