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A new study shows that parking in Montreal is expensive, especially indoor parking.
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No no no, it only shows that parking has become more expensive than it was before. It’s not “expensive”. Occupancy is high, there are even waiting lists. In fact, given that demand is high, and supply is low, the price is too low!
Parking in Montreal is flat out cheap.
As has already been said here the city should optimize its tarifs to maximize the number of users and at the same time ensure that there is an adequate turnover (probabily x% that a free space will be available. It is absurd to see the lines of empty spaces in Vieux Montréal or even Sherbrooke street before Atwater. On the other hand, tariffs could be as high as say six dollars per hour in central areas during the day.
I know this will offend many public transport devotées (I am one). However, the main objective must be to ensure a good range of mobility choices with appropriate pricing.
Exactly, parking is too expensive in some places and too cheap in others. Where there is metered parking that’s largely empty, it’s often because there is adjacent free parking that is not at capacity.
Or worse. Its that people are staying home or shopping locally, with a considerable loss to the City of Montréal
David, I’ve heard that. I’ve heard the opposite too: motorists stay home or shop locally because it’s impossible to find a place to park. As per human nature, their ideal is to have a free parking place directly in front of their destination. But with a zillion motorists that’s impossible. Correct pricing of parking is the best and fairest solution.
Yet why it is not done? What is the point of having an entity to manage parking if all it does it does is collect money from meters and give tickets? Could it not (Gasp!!) propose a policy.
David, I imagine it’s electoral politics. About 85% of adult Quebecers have driving licenses, and many of those have an automobile. In other words, most voters are drivers. Especially in the “ring ridings”. They like it when the general population (including non-drivers) subsidize their free parking and free highways. Remember the freak out when the Plateau raised parking rates a few cents?
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