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Letter: Letter writer misinformed about proposed paid parking in Banff

Editor : A letter in the Jan. 23 edition contained several inaccuracies about a parking management proposal in downtown Banff.
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Editor:

A letter in the Jan. 23 edition contained several inaccuracies about a parking management proposal in downtown Banff. 

The Town has proposed user-pay parking in summer months to increase turnover of parking spaces, which would increase the availability of short-term parking downtown.

People wanting longer-term parking would be encouraged to use free parking on the periphery of downtown, such as the new 500-stall Train Station Public Parking Lot. 

The proposal would charge for parking downtown only in busy periods of the day.

Parking would be free for everyone before 11 a.m. and after 8 p.m. Also, drivers would have the first 30 minutes free, anytime. 

The Town also proposes preventing visitors from parking on residential streets in the downtown area by limiting on-street parking to vehicles with parking permits, which would be only issued to residents who live on those streets.

We hope this clears up misinformation about the proposed concepts.

The Town looks forward to feedback on the proposal, so the plan can be improved.

Residents of the Bow Valley are encouraged to provide input online or attend public events, both available at BanffViewpoints.ca/Parking.

Jason Darrah,

Town of Banff director of communications



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