The contract for new pay stations and parking meters for St. John’s has been finalized, the City of St. John’s announced Thursday.
The first lot of pay stations are expected to be installed in sections of the downtown during the winter, according to a news release, and the remaining pay stations will continue to be installed during winter and spring.
As new installations are rolled out, existing meters will be relocated to areas that need them until all new pay stations are in place, the release notes.
“To encourage parking turnover for businesses operating in areas with missing or damaged meters, the city is continuing to install new timed parking area signs,” the release states. “Starting in early December certain metered spaces in the downtown and Churchill Square will be replaced with timed parking signs, ranging from 15 minutes to four hours. Motorists are encouraged to look for signage when parking.”
PayByPhone will continue to be enforced on Harbour Drive.
Once installed, pay stations will have multiple payment options, including most credit cards, debit cards and smartphones, and will be configured with “tap” card reader. New pay stations and meters will also be equipped with a magnetic strip reader for credit card payment. All meters and stations will be cashless during the first year of operation.
The paid parking management strategy is a long-term plan that began in 2018.