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On-street parking rates under scrutiny by city | Ottawa Citizen

The city manages 3,966 on-street parking spaces, plus another 2,858 off-street spaces in surface lots and parking garages.

Many of the short-term on-street parking issues are centred in downtown commercial areas where there are fees.

Motorists must pay for on-street parking where there are pay-and-display machines between Monday and Friday until 5:30 p.m. Hourly rates range from $1.50 to $3 and the maximum rate is set by city council. The rules vary across the city on Saturdays, but parking is free on evenings and Sundays.

Scott Caldwell, a parking manager with the city, revealed to the transportation committee recently that the study would at least “start the conversation” on whether the city should continue providing free on-street parking on Sundays.

Caldwell also said the city was looking into “dynamic pricing,” where rates go up or down depending on how many parking spaces are occupied in an area.

Success for the city would mean keeping 75-80 per cent of on-street parking spaces occupied.

Consideration of dynamic pricing seemed to please Capital Coun. Shawn Menard, who cited the frozen parking rates as one reason why he voted against the 2019 transportation budget earlier this month.

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