The proposal for an intelligent modulated parking meter system in Montreal is one step closer to reality.
The city of Montreal has announced it's launching the process this spring. It will include preparing estimates. an appeal for tenders, taking stock of available parking spaces and creating a parking policy.
The system would charge motorists more in busier sectors of the city and less in less busier areas while helping motorists find empty spots as well as luring them to cheaper places to park. It would likely mean higher turnover rates in some areas and also cut down on motorists circling endlessly for a parking spot and polluting the air.
The high-tech modulated parking meter system is already in place in cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The city says it plans on holding public consultations next year and expects to adopt the parking policy in the fall of 2015.
Just last month, Snowdon councillor Marvin Rotrand, who is pushing the plan, was asking what was happening with a $400,000 parking study due last fall from the city of Montreal.