Changes in Parking Meters Rates and Periods of Use - An ecological and economic choice in the best interests of all Montrealers



    MONTREAL, March 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Marvin Rotrand, City Councillor for the
Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough and Vice President of the STM
(Société de transport de Montréal), Michel Labrecque, City Councillor for the
Plateau Mont-Royal borough and the Director General of the Conseil régional de
l'environnement, have publicly expressed their support for the changes the
city has made to parking meter rates and periods of use.
    "Given the context of the Kyoto Protocol and international efforts to
reduce greenhouse gases and at a time that Montréal must seek and diversify
revenues so that it can meet its obligations, the new parking meter rates are
fully warranted. This decision will have positive implications for the
environment as well as for city finances. It is an ecological and economic
choice in the best interests of all Montrealers," said Councillor Marvin
Rotrand.
    "We should bear in mind that parking meters are only intended for
short-term use, to provide the greatest possible number of users with access
to different businesses. This rate hike will eventually serve to discourage
individuals who wish to make longer use of such spaces. The likely result is
that more people will be encouraged to use mass transit," said Mr. Rotrand.
    Councillor Labrecque noted that Montréal's new parking meter rates are
slightly less or similar to those of such other major Canadian cities as
Québec, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver (where rates, in the latter
case, are as much as $4 per hour) and that parking meter use now includes
Sundays in Québec City, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as in Ottawa, with
certain exceptions. He also mentioned that, except for the slight rate
increase of 2006, parking meter rates have not changed in Montréal over the
past decade.
    "We elected to make decisions and to ensure that the city and its
boroughs have the financial resources they needed to provide quality services
to all Montrealers. The additional revenues that will be generated by the
meter rate hike on such local thoroughfares as Avenue du Mont Royal, will be
allocated and shared among the boroughs of the former city. Furthermore, a
large portion of these moneys will be reinvested in cleanliness, in projects
initiated and conducted in conjunction with the commercial thoroughfares, said
Mr. Labrecque.
    Mr. Robert Perreault, Director General of the Conseil régional de
l'environnement, said he was also in favour of the new rates.
    "They encourage the use of other means of transport beside cars. A
consensus is forming on the need to change our culture to reduce car use,
significantly boost mass transit services and promote active transportation.
The change in meter rates fits into this concept," said Mr. Perreault.




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