City to raise parking rates this month

Kingstonist file photo.

Hourly parking rates on the streets in both Williamsville and downtown Kingston will be increased in the coming weeks, according to the City of Kingston.

The increased rates will begin on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, and will be raised to $2 an hour in high-demand, on-street zones, and $1.50 an hour for surface lots and lower demand on-street zones. Accessible parking rates in these areas will increase to $1.50 an hour.

“We continue to implement the rate changes identified in the 2016 Parking Rate Review. The public parking system is required to be self-sustaining and this increase helps ensure that,” said Marissa Mascaro, manager of parking service for the City of Kingston, noting that those who park around Queen’s University and Kingston General Hospital where parking is in very high demand will not be affected, as these rates increased in 2017.

Work to update the 100+ ‘Pay & Display’ machines and 400+ single-space meters in these areas will begin on Monday, Jan. 14 and take about two weeks to complete, depending on the weather, the City said.

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