Parking in Montreal: Digital Revolution for

on-pourrait-bientot-voir-autosFarewell numbered panels, white lines on the road and servants who walk notebook in hand. Within five years, the Montreal motorists pay by entering their license plate number and be able to see on their smartphone available places.

This small digital revolution, the organization responsible for the management of parking in Montreal, Accessum, prepares without fanfare for over a year. Its chairman, Rémi Racine, has outlined in La Presse.


Since last December is tested 350 sensors, the size of a hockey puck, embedded in the asphalt and that indicate the presence of a car in a parking space. We also study the experiences of other North American cities, including Calgary and San Francisco, in the pioneering “pay-by-plate” (payment by license plate), geolocation of available parking spaces and modulation rates by time. “Whatever the technology adopted, we will not be the first to use it, we do not want to be the first,” said in an interview Rémi Racine, chairman of Accessum since 2010 and CEO of the studio Behaviour Interactive video games.

From the square to the plate

Within five years, hopes Mr Racine, the numbered panels and the white lines on the road are gone. The approximately 18,000 fee-street parking spaces will have their sensor connected to a central server. The information will be relayed to the driver in his smartphone, which will indicate the availability of spaces. “This is the dream! The only limitation is that you can not book, “says Racine. When paying by mobile or terminal, the driver must indicate his license plate number. As for employees, they crisscross the city on board a vehicle equipped with a license plate scanner that will detect those who have not paid their parking. The violations will be sent directly to the home of the motorist.

Less terminals, more apps

The parking application of Montreal P $ Mobile Service, launched in June 2012, will be the heart of this digital revolution. More than one transaction in three is now done by smart phone, says president of Accessum, which also hopes to lower the transaction cost of 20-10 cents and add to the application of tourist guide functions . “The app could tell you where to eat, what to do in the area. It would generate good income to the City and it would be a nice service to offer to traders. “By” five to ten years, “he hopes, the current payment terminals should disappear, replaced by fewer terminals but cumuleraient several functions of payment: parking, BIXI and transit passes.

A “virtual” parking

The ultimate goal is to arrive at a ‘virtual parking system, “says the president of Accessum without signs, without lines on the ground and without cash, possibly with varying rates depending on the time . “It’s been 20 years since the Montreal Parking exists, it started with roulette parking meters, 40% of the world did not pay their place being robbed was easy.” He firmly believes that a good parking management allows more great traffic flow, better working and thus promotes accessibility to shops. An estimated 30% of traffic in downtown is due to looking for space to park.

Policy and Governance

The City is preparing a parking policy that will be presented this fall. Parking governance of Montreal, a subsidiary of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal bound by a letter agreement since 1995, should be reviewed at the same time. “It is a city agent, conducts research and development and their present where we are, what works, said Rémi Racine. If the City does not want it, we stop the project. “Although Coderre administration announced its intention to repatriate parking activities within the city, he does not believe that Stationnement de Montreal will disappear. “No matter who appoints people, provided the expertise remains.”

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