Montreal extends hours for downtown parking meters

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Beginning Nov. 15, parking meter hours will be extended in five sectors of downtown in an effort to “optimize on-street parking management in the city centre and support commercial vitality and mobility in this key area,” the City of Montreal announced Friday.

Motorists in the targeted sectors will have to pay for metered parking between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays.

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The hours for metered parking on Sunday remain unchanged, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In a statement, the city said the decision was taken “after discussions with (our) partners.”

It noted that discussions also led the city to extend the time limit for a vehicle to remain at a metered parking space from three hours to five hours in order “to allow customers to take full advantage of their activities.”

Map shows area where parking meter hours will be extended downtown

The sectors subject to the new metered parking hours are contained within:

  • Guy St. / Sherbrooke St. W. / Parc Ave. / René-Lévesque Blvd.
  • Guy St. / René-Lévesque Blvd. W. / St-Hubert St. / St-Antoine and St-Jacques Sts.
  • St-Laurent Blvd. / Sherbrooke St. W. / St-Hubert St. / René-Lévesque Blvd.
  • Robert Bourassa Blvd. / St-Antoine St. / de la Commune St.
  • Parc Ave. / Sherbrooke St. W. / St-Laurent Blvd. / René-Lévesque Blvd.

Beginning this month, stickers indicating the new hours will be placed on meters in the designated sectors, along with notices that the new hours do not go in effect until Nov. 15.

Sophie Mauzerolle, the executive committee member responsible for transportation and mobility, said the extension of the parking meter hours “will (be) more in line with the operating hours of different businesses and cultural institutions and aims not only at increasing parking turnover, but also the availability of on-street parking.”

The changes were praised by an environmental group.

The Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal (CRE-Montréal) said the city should make similar changes in all commercial districts.

“Adjusting parking meter prices and hours according to supply and demand is what must be done everywhere in Montreal to guarantee that there is optimal traffic,” said Blaise Rémillard, CRE-Montréal’s spokesperson on mobility and urban planning issues.

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