The City of Burnaby is increasing on-street parking fees in an effort to curb demand and ease crowding in some of the city’s busiest areas.
City council has approved a bylaw amendment increasing the maximum per-hour charge from $2 to $3.
The $3 fee will only apply to streets with the highest demand in Burnaby’s four town centres: Metrotown, Edmonds, Brentwood and Lougheed. Meters on some streets adjacent to the $3 zones will start charging $2.50 per hour.
It will soon cost more to park on these Burnaby streets. Meter price rising from $2 to $3 per hour in areas marked in red. pic.twitter.com/djFgCopFNb— Kelvin🐶Gawley (@byGawley) October 15, 2019
The higher prices will increase the availability of on-street parking in these areas and reduce both congestion and greenhouse gas emissions by incentivizing other forms of travel, according to a city staff report.
The report notes that on-street parking prices will remain at $2 per hour at 65 per cent of the city’s meters.
On streets where parking demand is low – including portions of Walker Avenue, Kingsway, Macpherson Avenue, Kemp Street and Kathleen Avenue – the city plans to reduce parking fees to $1 an hour.
Overall, the changes in parking fees are expected to have a “negligible impact on revenues.”