Parking in Montreal is not easy, especially downtown. Just add some major roadwork and it becomes downright infuriating.
The Société de Développement Commercial Destination Centre-Ville however, has announced new measures to facilitate access to Ste. Catherine Street during the first phase of road construction.
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Since February, the Ville de Montreal has been completing roadwork to revitalize the look of St. Cat’s. The first phase of work, located between De Bleury Street and Robert Bourassa Boulevard, is expected to continue until the fall of 2019 and parking has not been easy to come by.
An $8 car-parking valet service will be offered until the end of construction on Saturdays, from 10 am to 11 pm and Sundays, from 10 am until 8 pm.
Montrealers can drop-off their car at two available spots: the corner of Ste. Catherine Street and Mansfield Street, to the west, and at the corner of De Maisonneuve Boulevard and De Bleury Street, to the north and have it stashed in a permitted zone, away from construction.
Destination Centre Ville has also set up the CityParking app where users can reserve a private, underground or outdoor parking spot.
When using the app, users receive one hour of free parking for the first hour, as well as a second free hour in the parking zones located near the work site by entering the promotional code “DCV2019” in the app.
Destination Centre-Ville says it will update these measures and develop new tactics to respond to parking issues throughout the spring and summer.
“We’re lucky in Montreal to have the longest, and soon the most beautiful, commercial artery in Canada,” says Emile Roux, executive director of Destination Centre-Ville.”This is why it’s important that it remains accessible at all times for visitors to Montreal and people who work in the city or come to the city on business. We’re very pleased to be able to provide these services in collaboration with the Ville-Marie borough and the Ville de Montréal.”