After a unanimous vote during a council meeting on Monday, the city approved removing a total of 33 parking meters from street parking spots close to the hospital.
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The hope is that it will make hospital visits more affordable and less stressful for those visiting loved ones in care.
“We’re talking 33 spots,” said Councillor Sav Dhaliwal. “It’s not the end of the world in terms of money for us, but we’ll see if that makes any difference for the people who come to the hospital.”
He said the city would monitor the situation moving forward, and “if it it doesn’t work, we can always try to find something else.”
In the meantime, “all we know, is that the public has been saying very loudly that this is a problem right now.”
The plan will see free, two-hour parking implemented along the east and west sides of the 3800 and 3900-block of Ingleton Avenue, as well as along the north side of the 3900-block Kincaid Street.
Parking rates for all other meters near the hospital will increase from $1.50 to $2 an hour, to make it consistent with other areas of the city and to help offset reduced revenue, according to the report.
The rates on the Burnaby Hospital grounds themselves, however, will remain unchanged.
There is no set date at this point, as to when the changes will go into effect.