Modernized Parking Technology is coming to the Halifax region
Halifax Regional Council has awarded the contract for integrated parking technology. The municipality's current parking meters are coming to the end of their useful life. This provides an opportunity to modernize parking technology to better serve the region's citizens, businesses, and visitors. Coming in the Fall of 2020, new parking technology will improve the parking experience by making it easier to pay and providing more payment options. Payment is attached to your vehicle, not the parking space. This means your vehicle can move freely within the parking zone up to the time purchase or maximum time allowed.
What is happening with this project?
The municipality is replacing existing parking infrastructure with modern technology solutions including:
- On-street parking payment stations that provide modern and more methods for purchasing on-street parking that will offer more options to pay including coin, credit, and smart pay.
- Parking mobile payment solution that provides a modern and convenient method for paying for parking using smart phones including the ability to manage your parking session remotely and receive refunds for un-used time.
- 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 your permit from the comfort of your home.
This integrated solution will provide residents with an easy and efficient way to manage their parking sessions and parking permits.
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.
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. Staff are working on communication strategies to ensure the public are notified well in advance of the changes.
Will the new pay stations be like the pay-and-display machines that are in some off-street parking lots?
We are looking forward to bringing the latest in parking technology on street including a pay by plate system which will not require residents to display anything in their windshield.