Proposed 2019 parking rate and fine increases support alternate modes of transportation

In an effort to encourage the use of alternate modes of transportation like transit, walking and cycling, as well as ensure short-term parking is readily available in the downtown, an increase in monthly parking rates and parking fines has been proposed for 2019. 

Proposed parking rate increases will apply to monthly permits for long-term parking in City-owned lots and garages only.  These fees have not increased since 2012 and will not apply to on-street metered parking or short-term off-street parking.  The proposed monthly permit rate increases, including HST, are as follows:

  • Frederick Square:  $67.50 to $80 in 2019; $100 in 2020; and, $120 in 2021
  • East End:  $100 to $110 in 2019; $120 in 2020; and, $130 in 2021
  • York Lot:  $100 to $110 in 2019; $115 in 2020; and, $120 in 2021
  • Campbell Street:  $100 to $110 in 2019; $115 in 2020; and, $120 in 2021
  • Officers’ Square:  $95 to $105 in 2019; $115 in 2020; and, $120 in 2021
  • Upper Queen:  $45 to $60 in 2019; $80 in 2020; and, $100 in 2021

The rate increases ensure the price aligns with the value of parking service being provided.  It is expected to influence mobility choices and encourage greater use of the many transportation options available in the city. 

Fine increases are being proposed for expired parking meters, commercial loading zones, no parking zones, and two hour parking zones.  These fines have not increased in eight plus years.  Fredericton currently has the lowest parking fine rates in the province.  The proposed fine increases are:

 

Expired Parking Meter:

  • From $15 to $25 in 2019.
  • From $30 to $50 if paid after 20 days of issuance
  • From $50 to $75 if found guilty at court

Commercial Loading Zone: 

  • $25 to $50 in 2019. 
  • From $50 to $75 if paid after 20 days of issuance
  • From $50 to $100 if found guilty at court

No Parking Zone: 

  • $25 to $50 in 2019.
  • From $50 to $75 if paid after 20 days of issuance
  • From $50 to $100 if found guilty at court

Two Hour Parking: 

  • $25 to $50 in 2019. 
  • From $50 to $75 if paid after 20 days of issuance
  • From $50 to $100 if found guilty at court

 

Anticipated monthly parking rate revenues are expected to increase from $515,913 to $589,356 in 2019; $684,817 in 2020; and, $779,583 in 2021. This would mean an overall increase in 2019 of $73,444.  Anticipated parking fine revenue is expected to increase from $202,230 to $353,800 in 2019.

The final draft of the Transit Strategic Plan released on November 29 says “ensuring that fare increases and transit fares in general are competitive with parking fees is important for providing a viable and attractive alternative to driving.” 

It also notes that “currently there are little financial incentives to switch to transit, but if parking policies were developed in coordination with transit strategies, transit could become a more compelling solution particularly for those commuting on a daily basis to the City Centre where parking is currently constrained.”

The proposed rate increases are an essential step toward encouraging the public to take transit, walk , and to ensure sufficient short-term parking continues to be available now and in the future to support the City’s growing and vibrant downtown.   

To find out more about the final draft of the Transit Strategic Plan, visit FrederictonTransit.ca.

Council will consider the proposed parking rate and fine increases later in December, during their final Budget 2019 deliberations.