I ran into Catherine Hennessey on Queen Street this morning, and she mentioned several benefits of the new central parking kiosks in Charlottetown that I hadn’t thought of previously:
- Because you can buy the same “chit” for windshield display from any machine, no matter the location, you can buy a couple of hours worth of parking and park in several different locations downtown over that time. Can’t do that with parking meters.
- The chits aren’t specific to the car, nor to the person, so if you’re leaving your spot early, you can pass your chit on to someone else who can live it out for you. This is commonly done (although officially disallowed) with public transit transfers in big cities.
- The presence of card-readers in the kiosks will enable, at least in theory, merchants to be able to give their customers “free parking” but giving them pre-charged cards good, say, for an hour of parking.