St. John’s installing new parking meters, raising hourly rates

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The City of St. John’s has begun installing new digital parking meters and raising parking rates.

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.


Geographic location: Churchill Square, Water Street, Duckworth Street

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Recent comments

  • Jack Connors
    January 14, 2014 - 07:48

    For me, the lack of spaces and the cost of parking has kept me away from the downtown for many years. For those trying to encourage us to shop downtown, this doesn't help. For those that are enjoying the fruits of a blistering economy this may not be a big deal. Municipal leaders need to find some innovative ways to address their concerns, increasing costs to the general public will have negative impacts.

  • Ken Collis
    January 14, 2014 - 06:38

    Is the city also going to announce over 15% pay raise for the parking enforcment personnel too, or is this just another 15% cash grab?

  • picky
    January 14, 2014 - 05:56

    And Council said there would be no tax increases this year ??????