ProVancouver - Modern solutions for Vancouver's Old problems: Expensive Parking Fees

MIRZA, Raza - October 05, 2018

Open Data and Machine Analytics bring new solutions for old problems and they help citizens speak directly to their city. We will share a series of exciting ways ProVancouver will put technology and Big Data to work for you. Earlier ProVancouver team shared a solution for reducing congestion.

Vancouver’s PayByPhone app is easy to use but it is hampered by working with the same old pricing model as coin meters. With mobile app it doesn’t have to be that way. In addition to no Parking Fees after 6:pm and on the weekends, ProVancouver will introduce a new payment model.

Pay Only For What You Use
In the new system, drivers will park their car, scan a barcode on the meter with mobile app and walk off. This will start charging. When the driver comes back, they scan the barcode again, and the app charges only for minutes used.

Variable Parking Rate
Electronic payments also open up exciting new possibilities for variable parking fees. ProVancouver will use variable pricing, charging less for spots at off-peak times. Rates will also start low and increase with time. 2 hours rate will remain same as today but for shorter duration users will be charged lower rate, creating a natural incentive to leave the spot quickly so it can be shared efficiently.

Free Parking for Patients
Last thing patients rushing to the hospital in an emergency want is having to deal with parking cost. It is also costly when patients is triaged as low risk, and has to sit for hours waiting their turn. ProVancouver create a new system using which hospitals staff will be able to waive off parking fees for patients.

“Free Parking” for shopping local
No more paying for a quick stop to grab your coffee at your favourite neighbourhood cafe. The new parking system will be open to local merchants and small businesses to offer free minutes or discount parking for customers.

Open data
ProVancouver will make parking data available to anyone with a great idea, so together we can design the frustration out of parking.