Modernized Parking Technology is coming to the Halifax region
The municipality’s current parking technology is coming to the end of its useful life, except for HotSpot. This provides an opportunity to modernize parking technology to better serve the region’s citizens, businesses, and visitors. Modernized parking technology will improve the parking experience by making it easier to pay and providing more payment options.
What is the Parking Technology Solutions Project about?
The Parking Technology Solutions Project will replace the existing parking technology including on-street parking meters with modernized parking technology.
What parking technologies are being replaced?
The municipality is replacing existing parking technologies with modern technology solutions including:
- On-street parking payment stations that provide modern and more methods for purchasing on-street parking.
- Parking mobile payment solution that provides a modern and convenient method for paying for parking using smart phones.
- Parking enforcement solution that enables efficient and accurate parking enforcement. The municipality will also evaluate the advantages of a mobile license plate recognition solution to aid parking enforcement activities.
- Parking ticket management system (PTMS) solution - retirement of the existing technology solution (PTMS) that has reached end of life and replacing it with a new PTMS solution to support parking ticket payment and enforcement.
- Parking permit management solution to manage and improve issuance, tracking and reporting of parking permits and residential parking exemptions, as well as ensuring integration with the enforcement technology solution.
Will all parking meters in HRM be replaced with pay stations?
Yes. At a minimum there will be one multi-space parking pay station per block with consideration given to a reasonable walking distance between pay stations.
When will we see the new parking pay stations on the streets?
We expect to begin the implementation of the new parking pay stations at the end of 2019.
Why is the municipality replacing parking meters when they just installed HotSpot?
HotSpot was an interim solution to enhance parking convenience by providing the ability to pay for parking using a modern mobile payment application. Modernizing all the region’s parking technologies will improve the overall parking experience and provide more payment options for all street parking consumers. All vendors, including HotSpot, are eligible to respond to the RFP.
Why did the municipality spend all this money on HotSpot?
There is no cost to the municipality for HotSpot. HotSpot collects revenue through a monthly/annual fee collected from registered app users.
How will this impact parking that is currently available in parking lots or parkades?
The new technology will not impact available parking in existing lots or parkades.
How will I know if I must pay to park on the street and how do I know where to go to pay?
Signs will be installed on the streets where the parking meters are being removed to indicate that payment is required on that street. At least one parking pay station will be available on each block.
Will the new pay stations be like the pay-and-display machines that are in some off-street parking lots?
Yes – they will look and operate very similarly to these existing units. With the new parking pay stations, you will enter the license plate number of your vehicle along with the time you wish to pay for. You are then registered to park and there is no need to return to your vehicle with a ticket to put in your windshield.