On Monday, the City of Burnaby voted to introduce free street parking near Burnaby hospital.
The City will remove meters from 33 on-street parking spots in an effort to make visits to the hospital more affordable to the public.
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In an unanimous vote, Burnaby City Council voted to introduce free parking along the east and west sides of the 3800 and 3900 block of Ingleton Ave and along the north side of the 3900 block Kincaid St.
The meters that are in place will be removed and instead signs indicating a two-hour parking limit will go up.
Furthermore, the parking spaces would also be signed for hospital visitors only to exclude other competing users. The parking time limits would be in effect between the hours of 7:00 am to 8:00 pm seven days a week.
To offset the lost revenue from these free parking spots, the city plans to increase parking rates from $1.50 per hour to $2 per hour at other metered spots near the hospital.
Pay parking will still remain in place on hospital grounds. Parking on Burnaby Hospital property costs $4.25 for the first hour and $3.25 after that. There’s also a daily maximum of $11.25 in place for visitors.
At this moment, a date has not been set for when the new free street parking will go into effect.
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