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2016

December

December 28 - News Talk 770 - Calgary Parking Authority to continue parking rate freeze in 2017

The Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) is giving Calgarians a late Christmas gift. The CPA announced on Wednesday it will continue a rate freeze for all on-street parking in 2017.

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December 28 - CBC News - Calgary Parking Authority extends rate freeze through 2017

The Calgary Parking Authority is freezing parking rates for 2017, extending the temporary reprieve it introduced for 2016.

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December 28, 2016 – 660 News - Calgary Parking Authority announces rate freeze in 2017

It’s not much, but every little bit helps. The Calgary Parking Authority has announced that for the second year in a row, rates for on-street parking and in its surface lots and parkades will not increase.

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December 28, 2016 – Calgary Sun - Host of city user fees set to rise January 1

… For those who choose to drive, the Calgary Parking Authority is continuing a 2015 freeze for on-street parking rates and rates in surface lots and parkades.

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December 20 - Calgary Herald - Christmas comes early for (some) Calgarians slapped with parking tickets

Nearly 1,000 drivers who received parking tickets in newly designated 7 a.m. pricing areas downtown are getting a refund and they have a bylaw discrepancy to thank.

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December 20 - Calgary Sun - Parking authority to refund $150K in tickets

Nearly 1,000 drivers who received parking tickets in newly designated 7 a.m. pricing areas downtown are getting a refund and they have a bylaw discrepancy to thank.

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December 20 - CTV News - Parking ticket refunds coming for new downtown parking zones

The city is issuing refunds to people who parked in the new downtown zones after it was discovered the bylaw was not changed properly.

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December 20 - Metro Calgary - Calgary Parking Authority issuing refunds in downtown parking mix up

In June, councillors passed changes to the parking policy framework, allowing the Calgary Parking Authority to collect funds for an extra two hours in downtown spaces where demand was high. Instead of starting to charge customers at 9 a.m., the change saw Calgarians shelling for parking beginning at 7 a.m. instead.

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December 20 - 660 News - Discrepancy leads to refunds for downtown 7 a.m. parking zones

Drivers who got ticketed in the core are getting a refund. The Calgary Parking Authority says it found a discrepancy between the changes to the 7 a.m. zones and the Calgary Traffic Bylaw.

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December 20 - CBC News - 'We screwed up': Calgary Parking Authority to refund $150K in fees, fines after bylaw mix-up 

If you got a parking ticket in one of downtown Calgary's newly designated 7 a.m. enforcement areas, your luck just changed.

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December 20Global News - $50K in Calgary parking tickets refunded for 7 a.m. pricing areas

The Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) announced Tuesday it’s ripping up or refunding $50,000 worth of parking tickets and $100,000 in charges collected from 7 a.m. pricing zones since Aug. 1, 2016.

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December 20 - News Talk 770 - Ticket refunds for 7 a.m. downtown parking

The Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) is ripping up or refunding $50,000 worth of parking tickets.

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December 12 - Metro Calgary - Calgary looks at building 500-stall parking structure in East Village

...they will be purchasing the land and overseeing the construction of the structure, but then they’ll be turning the parking garage over to the Calgary Parking Authority, which already has the reserves to pay for it.

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December 12 - Calgary Sun - New core parkade welcome relief for city dominated by cars 

...Construction on the parkade is slated to start in late 2017, after the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation secures a $57.5 million loan from council to build the structure, in a game of money shuffling that will then see city-subsidiary CMLC sell the parkade back to the Calgary Parking Authority.

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December 10 - Global News - Calgary holiday elves giveaway free parking to encourage shopping at local businesses

Holiday parking elves are spreading the cheer by offering free parking at select Calgary locations for a sixth year in a row. It’s a Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) initiative to encourage Calgarians to shop at local businesses.

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December 9 - Global News - Cold weather freezes Calgary’s paid parking machines

...“If this occurs, we encourage our customers to contact us as soon as possible at the phone number provided on the machine so that we can best assist them,” the CPA said in an email to Global News.

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November

November 18 - CTV Calgary - Calgary Parking Authority launches accessible parking awareness campaign

Just ahead of the busy holiday season where shopping centres will be packed and parking spots in short supply, the Calgary Parking Authority is working to make sure everyone knows where they can and can’t leave their vehicles.

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November 18 - CBC Marketplace - Parking Wars

We gathered parking ticket data from major cities across Canada, more than 15 million tickets total, and reveal the top ticket traps you should avoid. 

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October

October 7 - Calgary Herald - Lido home to short- and long-term rentals through unique hotel

…The site was originally purchased years ago by the Calgary Parking Authority with the goal of increasing parking in the area but instead, the CPA and Battistella worked together to create something better.

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October 7 - Calgary Herald - Councillor and parking authority board member of two minds on cul-de-sac parking

A city councillor who sits on the board of the parking authority says that while he understands the frustration of homeowners hit by a ticketing blitz this week, the law is the law.

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October 7 - Global News - Little-known Calgary parking bylaw surprises cul-de-sac homeowners

Calgary has some unusual bylaws, but bet you've never heard of this one. It's illegal to park your car at an angle. Two dozen car owners learned that lesson the hard way this week.

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October 7 - Calgary Sun - Calgary councillor defends sneaky Woodbine parking blitz, but admits there may be more thoughtful ways of doing things

A city councillor who sits on the board of Calgary Parking Authority says while he understands the frustration of Woodbine homeowners hit by a ticketing blitz this week, the law is the law.

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October 7 - Calgary Herald - Woodbine neighbourhood irked at city for overnight ticketing blitz

An overnight ticket blitz in a southwest Calgary cul-de-sac caught most residents by surprise Thursday morning, after a neighbour complained about their angled parking — something they’ve been doing for years.

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October 6 - CBC Calgary - Woodbine cul-de-sac residents want parking bylaw relaxed

People living in a cul-de-sac in Woodbine woke up to a nasty surprise on their windshields Thursday morning. Calgary Parking Authority says the bylaw isn't usually acted on in cul-de-sacs, unless someone calls in a specific complaint.

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October 6 - Calgary Sun - Parking ticket blitz riles Woodbine residents

..."Our enforcement team was contacted last night with a complaint about angle parking on Woodmont Green SW. An enforcement officer was dispatched to investigate and subsequently ticketed 25 vehicles for angle parking where not permitted to. Under Calgary’s Parking Bylaws, all vehicles must be parallel parked with their right wheels to the curb unless otherwise directed to via posted signage." the CPA statement continued.

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September

September 30 - CTV Calgary - Calgary small business clashes with city over parking rules

A Calgary couple says a parking bylaw is keeping them from doing business and they need an exception. Stacy and Shane Walton run a home-based electrician business and use their commercial truck to make house calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But after five years in business, the city is now ticketing them for breaking a bylaw that say commercial vehicles cannot be parked on residential streets between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.

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September 12 - Metro Calgary - Calgary planning for more electric vehicles

Mike Subasic likes his electric vehicles so much, he owns three of them. The Calgary man started out with a Nissan Leaf, before acquiring a Tesla Model S sedan and later the Model X SUV... Electric cars are very much on the city's radar according to Eric MacNaughton, transportation coordinator for the city's Climate Change Project. . . The Calgary Parking Authority is also taking some small steps towards a possible electric future. There's currently a public charging station in the authority's city hall parkade, but more are coming according to Mike Derbyshire, general manager of CPA.

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August

August 21 - Calgary Herald - How often are Car2Go vehicles actually towed?

For all the Calgarians' complaints about Car2Go vehicles unfairly and illegally parked in the city, they aren't actually towed that often. According to data from the Calgary Parking Authority, the SmartCars that make up the vast majority of Car2Go's 610 strong fleet are only the 17th most towed type of car in the city.

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August 21 - Calgary Sun - Parking numbers show Car2Go users starting to 'tow' the line 

For all the Calgarians' complaints about Car2Go vehicles unfairly and illegally parked in the city, they aren't actually towed that often. According to data from the Calgary Parking Authority, the SmartCars that make up the vast majority of Car2Go's 610 strong fleet are only the 17th most towed type of car in the city.

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August 17 - 660 News - Edmonton to start charging for street parking near Rogers Place

Anyone hoping to check out an Edmonton Oilers game or a concert at Rogers Place better bring some coin for street parking when the new arena opens to the public.

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August 2 - Global News - On-street paid parking in downtown Calgary starts earlier beginning in August

The City of Calgary is changing the time when weekday payment becomes mandatory on some streets, moving it from 9 a.m. to 7 a.m.

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August 2 - AM770 - Changes begin today for downtown parking

Back in June city council approved a change to downtown parking rates and today those changes take effect.

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August 2 - 660 News - Paid on-street parking starts earlier in downtown Calgary

Most streets in the core will see free parking before 9 a.m. come to an end, with paid parking in most areas now starting at 7 a.m. The affected area is roughly between 3 Ave and 9 Ave, from 1 St SE to 8 St SW.

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August 2 - Country 105 - Changes begin today for downtown parking

On street parking rates now go into effect two hours earlier at 7am. The areas affected are between 9th Avenue and 3rd avenue from 1st. S.E. to 8th St. S.W.

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July

July 29 - Calgary Herald - Paying for parking downtown will begin two hours earlier in August

Ahead of the August Long Weekend, the Calgary Parking Authority are reminding the public that as of Aug. 2, paid street parking in many parts of downtown will start at 7 a.m. instead of usual 9 a.m.

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July 29 - Calgary Herald - Calgarians kept paying tickets even as economy worsened

Data from the city’s bylaw services shows that the number of unpaid tickets have not gone up since Calgary’s economy took a dive.

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July 29 - CBC News - Paid parking kicks in at 7 a.m. on many downtown Calgary streets in August

Street parking in many parts of downtown Calgary will require payment two hours earlier each weekday morning starting Aug. 2.

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July 28 - Metro Calgary - Calgary Cecil property to be paved for temporary parking lot

It’s not paved paradise, but the old Cecil Hotel lot will soon be turned into a parking lot; for now…“We’re choosing to activate it with a parkade to be managed by Calgary Parking Authority, so it’s all of their infrastructure, management and operation,” said Veres.

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July 22 - CTV Calgary - Businesses concerned about extended paid parking in the core

Changes are coming to street parking in parts of downtown Calgary next month and some area eateries are concerned it will impact their breakfast business. On August 1st, most of the streets between 9th and 3rd Avenue and 1st and 8th Street S.W. will start charging for parking at 7:00 a.m.

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July 6 - Calgary Sun - Police remind Calgarians not to leave children in hot vehicles

Authorities are once again reminding Calgarians not to leave children in their vehicles during the summer months as cars can heat up quickly and pose serious health risks in just a few short moments.

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July 6 - Global Calgary - A reminder from Calgary first responders: Do not leave children unattended in closed vehicles on hot days

Calgary police, EMS and firefighters, along with the Calgary Parking Authority, are once again reminding people of the dangers of leaving children alone inside hot vehicles, even for short periods of time.

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July 6 - CBC Calgary - Child safety campaign highlights dangers of hot cars

Parents are being reminded about the dangers of leaving children in hot cars this summer.

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July 6 - CTV Calgary - Parents warned not to lock kids in cars

Summer days can bring soaring temperatures and Calgary’s first responders are once again reminding Calgarians not to leave children unattended in vehicles.

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July 5 - CTV Calgary - Visitors to Calgary owe millions in unpaid parking tickets

The City of Calgary is out more than $2 million in unpaid parking fines on vehicles from out of province because it can’t collect under current rules.

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June

June 22 - CTV Calgary - Parking problem plaguing Marda Loop residents

Residents in the southwest Calgary community of Marda Loop are upset with the pile of parking tickets they’re getting and they say poor signage is to blame.

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June 3 - CBC News - Calgary's most-ticketed parking zones: Find out the top 20 spots you're most likely to get a ticket

Ever wonder which of the city-patrolled parking zones around Calgary generate the most tickets? We have a map for that.

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March

March 1 - Metro Calgary - Mayland Heights man angry over city policy on angle parking

For Keith Hopkins, it's not about the fine. The Mayland Heights resident lives on Matador Crescent NE, and ever since he purchased his home 13 years ago he's been angle parking in the bend at the north end of the crescent.

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February

February 8 - Calgary Sun - Calgary man loses truck in ticket snafu

At more than $115,000 plus the loss of livelihood and future income, it could be the most expensive penalty ever paid for careless parking in Calgary.

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January

January 31 - Calgary Herald - Empty downtown parking stalls spark onlne deals, price reductions

As corporate Calgary tightens its belt to weather Alberta's flagging economy, purveyors of downtown parking stalls are offering deals and slashing prices for monthly spots that once boasted lengthy wait lists.

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January 30 - Calgary Sun - Calgary's core seeing boom in available monthly parking stalls due to market downturn

Parking like a rock star in downtown Calgary has never been easier. Not long ago, finding a monthly stall in the core was next to impossible, with vacancy rates hovering under 1% and those lucky enough to find a 2.5 metre by five metre plot forking over several hundred dollars every month for the privilege.

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January 21 - CBC Calgary - Car2Go gets more tiny parking spaces in Calgary

Car2Go users will have more parking spots to choose from now that the city is adding 150 "microstall parking zones" throughout downtown Calgary and the Beltline with the intent to alleviate parking pressure. . . the city is working with the Calgary Parking Authority to cover the costs of this $25,000 pilot project.

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January 20 - Calgary Herald - Dear Calgary homeowners, you don't own the parking spot in front of your house

Calgarians get very riles up about parking. Where is it, how much is it, who does it belong to, is there a bicycle in it? They're all questions that get the blood pumping in a city built for the motor vehicle.

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January 5 - Calgary Sun - City freezes Calgary parking rates for 2016. Move designed to provide relief in tough economy

It won't cost any more to park on the street or at city controlled lots and parkades. Calgary Parking Authority announced Tuesday it is freezing its rates for 2016.

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January 5 - cbc.ca/calgary - Calgary Parking Authority freezes rates for 2016 in response to economic downturn

The Calgary Parking Authority won't increase rates in 2016. CPA general manager Mike Derbyshire announced the decision Tuesday, describing it as a response to the city's economic downturn.

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January 5 - News Talk 770 - Calgary Parking Authority freezes rates

The Calgary Parking Authority is freezing rates for 2016. GM Mike Derbyshire says they are aware of the challenges Calgarians are facing with respect to the economy. As a result, the rate policy used has been amended to freeze both on and off street rates.

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January 5 - Global News Calgary - CPA freezes parking rates for 2016

The Calgary Parking Authority is freezing rates for the rest of this year on all city operated spaces. That means you won't pay any more per hour to park on the street, in parkades, or in off-street lots. CPA said vacancies for reserved spots are higher and demand for hourly parking is lower.

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2015

December

December 15 - Metro Calgary - Calgary Parking Authority looks at freezing parking rates

Parking in Calgary won't cost you more in 2016, but it may cost you a little less, given council approval. That's the word from the Calgary Parking Authority board, who gave the news to Mayor Naheed Nenshi over lunch on Monday.

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October

October 21 - iNews880 - EPark to take over from parking meters by end of the year: city

The city is ready to go to full use of the new style of paid on-street parking. By the end of the year all of the traditional parking meters will be gone, and replaced by the electronic system that's been part of a pilot project for the past two years. EPark was brough in from Calgary, which Jim Taylor of the Downtown Business Association predicts will mean Edmonton will have the best system of Canada's big five cities.

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October 21 - CBC News Edmonton - EPark stations to replace all parking meters in the city.

The 3,300 parking meters that adorn Edmonton's streets will be replaced with a high-tech model by the end of the year. On Wednesday, the city officially launched its new EPark system with 16 machines that let drivers pay with their credit cards or smartphone, as well as the more traditional coin. . . The city also plans to enforce parking rules the same way Calgary does, using car-mounted cameras synced to the pay machines. "The system makes a match between whether or not there's a paid parking session based on the licence plate of the system that's on the road," said Mike Derbyshire, the general manager of the Calgary Parking Authority.

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October 12 - Metro Calgary - Downtown Calgary parking prices still high, despite economic downturn

Office space may be opening up in downtown Calgary, but that doesn`t mean parking spacees are getting any cheaper. The Calgary Parking Authority, which sets its prices based on the going market rate, said they haven`t yet seen the need to adjust prices.

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September

September 23 - CBC Calgary - "Don't park in front of my ... house" sign effective despite profanity removal, says Calgarian.

Tired of coming home to find all the parking spaces in front of your house already taken? Southeast Calgary resident Justin Kern was, so he decided to put up a professionally printed and bluntly worded sign. . . he believes it's "common courtesy" for drivers to leave at least one empty space in front of houses they don't live in . . but Mike Derbyshire, general manager of the Calgary Parking Authority said there's no obligation for motorists to leave a space in front of private homes when parking on the street.

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September 23 - Global News Calgary - Angry homeowner posts no parking sign with f-bomb, upsets neighbours.

A homeowner fed up with people parking in front of his house has come up with a saucy - but unpopular - solution. Justin Kern posted a sign in his yard that reads: "If you don't live here, don't park in front of my uckin house." . . . Officials with the Calgary Parking Authority wish that Kern wouldn't take matters into his own hands. "Obviously we strongly discourage it," said Mike Derbyshire, the GM of the parking authority.

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July

July 2 - Metro Calgary - Don't leave kids in hot cars, Calgary first responders urge

Calgary first responders are reminding parents that leaving children in hot cars for a “quick errand” could mean a hefty fine, time behind bars and the life of your kids… First responders have partnered with the Calgary Parking Authority to bring forward the second annual Child Safety Awareness Campaign. First responders are encouraging the public to call 911 immediately if they see a child unattended and in distress in a hot car.

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June

June 29 - Metro Calgary - Calgary street sweeping parking fines rise from $50 to $120

Car parkers beware, next spring fines for interfering with the spring street cleaning program have risen by over half, meaning those who choose to ignore signs could be paying a pretty penny.

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June 29 - Metro Calgary - Canada Day 2015 in Calgary: What to do and how to get there

...Calgary Parking Authority has made street parking and CPA run parkades (except the Arts Commons) free for Canada Day and are offering reduced holiday rates for CPA surface parking lots.

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June 23 - Winnipeg Free Press - Who shovels, who doesn't? Sidewalk snow-clearing across Canada

Winnipeg isn't the first Canadian city to consider D.I.Y snow clearing policies for public sidewalks. . . Since 1974, private property owners in Calgary have been responsible for clearing the sidewalks adjacent to their properties within 24 hours of snow or ice accumulating. . .  Residents nominate their Snow Angels annually for special recognition letters from the mayor and $25 parking vouchers from the Calgary Parking Authority.

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June 17 - Metro Calgary - Steeper fines for street sweep parking ban infractions mulled by Calgary city council

Temporary parking ban fines could soon cost Calgarians ignoring street sweeping signs a pretty penny. The city's Transportation and Transit committee voted in favour of reviewing a bylaw amendment that would see parking fines issued during the spring-cleaning sweep more than double from $50 to $120.

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June 14 - CBC News - 3 thing to watch at city council Monday

Two developments for the East Village will be before council at this meeting...council is being asked to approve an underground parkade for a new hotel that is proposed for the corner of Sixth Avenue and Confluence Way S.E. The underground parkade will be for both public and private use. In fact, a deal has already been reached with the Calgary Parking Authority to run it.

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June 10 - Calgary Herald - Parking Authority's $20,000 glossy magazine comes under fire

A city councillor has called a meeting with top brass over concerns about the Calgary Parking Authority's glossy informational magazine which was printed and distributed this year at a cost of $20,000. Coun. Ward Sutherland is calling the expense a wasteful, unnecessary self-promotion at a time when the city and its arms-length organizations need to scale back costs and expenditures.

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June 5 - Edmonton Journal - New Edmonton electronic parking system delayed

Edmonton drivers will have to feed parking meters for a couple more months because it's taking longer than expected to put in new electronic devices, a city official says. . . Edmonton is completing a contract to license back-end software from the Calgary Parking Authority, Gord Cebryk said.

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June 4 - Metro Calgary - Homemade 'no parking' sign leads to complaint, reminder from Calgary Parking Authority

Calgary's parking boss is reminding city residents that they don't own the streets in front of their homes after one person erected a homemade sign in an apparent bid to prevent people from parking nearby, leading to a 311 complaint.

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June 4 - Calgaryherald.com - Fortney: New cycle track getting mixed reviews

For the past 15 years, Bill Cozens has been making the 20 kilometre round trip daily from his southwest home to downtown on two wheels. . . Some [people] point to what they see as another way to clog up traffic . . . others point to the removal of 397 parking spots from the city centre, despite a recent report by the Calgary Parking Authority that shows 477 stalls have een added to the downtown core.

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May

May 20 - Calgary Herald - Downtown parking stall gains 'barely cutting it:' Keating

The addition of 80 parking stalls to Calgary's Downtown and Beltline areas over the past year is "barely cutting it" when it comes to addressing parking needs in the city's downtown core, said Ward 12 Councillor Shane Keating. A report by the Calgary Parking Authority and the city's Transportation Department to be presented Wednesday shows an overall increase of 477 stalls, while 397 parking spots were removed from Centre City areas due to the addition of the city's new cycle track network.

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May 11 - Metro Calgary - Calgary parking officer finds Gucci bag with $5K in cash, reunites it with owner

Michel Brouillette walks about 20 kilometres a day as a foot patrol enforcement officer with the Calgary Parking Authority, so he sees a lot of unusual things downtown. But few caught him by surprise like the leather bag full of an estimated $5,000 in cash that he randomly spotted during a shift last month. Brouillette almost missed the satchel, sitting alone on a chair of the same colour, when he went to get a Coke inside the Centennial Place bulding.

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May 10 - Metro Calgary - Motorcycle-only parking opens as other Calgary stalls close due to cycle-track construction

Calgary's parking boss is reminding motorcyclists that dedicated - and discounted - parking zones for their two-wheeled vehicles are now open on downtown streets. "Motorcycles are a big part of the transportation network - I ride one myself - and it's a great way to reduce the load on the network," said Mike Derbyshire, general manager of the Calgary Parking Authority.

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April

April 29 - Metro Calgary - Parking ban on Calgary's Red Mile sees less than a dozen cars towed during game six.

Calgary residents appear to be getting the message when it comes to parking bans on the Red Mile during the Calgary Flames' playoff run. The Calgary Parking Authority said less than a dozen cars have been towed as a result of the parking ban on the Red Mile since it was introduced last week.

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April 16 - Metro Calgary - Calgary looks to double fines for illegal park jobs that block street sweepers

Calgary has begun its spring street sweeping for 2015 and crews hope drivers will respect temporary parking bans. Fines would more than double for drivers who ignore temporary parking bans and block street sweepers with their vehicles under a new proposal from the city and Calgary Parking Authority.

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April 10 - Calgary Herald - New parking exec wants ParkPlus in universities, Stampede and abroad

When he took his son to Walt Disney World a couple years ago, Mike Derbyshire's first memory was of the long, looooooong wait at the Magic Kingdom parking gate. One by one, cars slowly approached the fare booth, drivers handed the attendant a $20, got change, and sometime before the theme park closed they got to go in. It's similarly cumbersome, slow and clunky at the Calgary Stampede, hospitals, office parkades and elsewhere. Now at the helm of the Calgary agency with a better way to park, he wants to install ParkPlus machines and tear down parking gates all over.

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April 9 - Metro Calgary - Spring cleaning for Calgary roads set to start on Monday

Calgary's dusty roads are about to be spruced up for spring as the city kicks off its seasonal clean-up program on Monday. Over the course of the winter, approximately 61,000 tonnes of gravel and a sand-and-salt-coated gravel mixture called "pickle" were dispersed on Calgary roads....the fine for not moving your vehicle from an area with a parking ban typically results in a $50 ticket and the Calgary Parking Authority will often tow the vehicle to a nearby street.

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April 1 - Calgary Herald - Street sweepers get serious with parking scofflaws

It's road cleaning season again and motorists who ignore parking bans for street sweeping could get an unpleasant surprise. Ahead of routine street cleaning beginning April 13, the city's transportation department has got a head start on servicing low-compliance streets, fining and towing Calgarians who don't move their vehicles.

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March

March 30 - Calgary Herald - Nenshi helps council pass limits on Car2Go parking 'clusters'

Car2Go will face penalties if its parked car-sharing vehicles routinely take up more than a quarter of a block, as Mayor Naheed Nenshi cast the decisive ballot in favour of the anti-clustering policy. . . If the vehicles take up too much curbside space and its staff doesn't move them regularly, Car2Go will effectively lose the small-car discount Calgary Parking Authority offers it.

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March 12  - 660 News - Parking Authority preparing to roll out new technology

As the City of Calgary works towards leasing out the ParkPlus technology to other cities in the region, it's already looking forward to the next version of our system and the future of parking is only months away.

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February

February 24 - 660 News - Thousands of tickets go unpaid in Calgary

A lot of people in Calgary aren't paying their parking tickets: the city reports about $700,000 in lost revenue each year. Wes Hogman with the Calgary Parking Authority tells City News, it's concerning, but there's not much they can do.

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February 19 - Metro Calgary - Edmonton council to vote on four-year licensing deal of Calgary's ParkPlus technology

Edmonton is on the verge of signing a four-year deal to license Calgary's ParkPlus technology, a sale that could be the first of many, according to Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra. "I think the sky's the limit," Carra, who sits on the Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) board of directors, said Thursday.

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February 19 - Metro Edmonton - Edmonton to use City of Calgary software for new parking

Edmonton will likely turn to our southern neighbours to run new pay-by-plate parking technology, as city administration is recommending a deal with the City of Calgary's ParkPlus system. City councillors will be asked next week to approve the start of negotiations with Calgary on a licensing deal for their Park Plus software. Activnig director parking management Bohdan Maslo, said the system, developed in house at the City of Calgary, is simply the best option.

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February 18 - News Talk 770 - Mike Derbyshire takes over as Parking Authority GM

The Calgary Parking Authority has a new general manager. Mike Derbyshire will take over the post, effective March 2nd. Derbyshire was most recently with Edmonton Northlands as Acting Vice President of Business Operations. He had also spent time most recently with the Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Transit and Servus Credit Union. Derbyshire takes over for Troy McLeod, who left Calgary Parking last July to take the job of Roads Director with the city.

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January

January 26 - Metro Winnipeg - Why are we still waiting on Winnipeg's taxi stand/fire hydrant promise?

It was hailed as a way to make it easier to find a cab downtown, but two years after city council endorsed a proposal to turn fire hydrants into taxi stands, the plan is stuck in park. . . It was modelled after a successful program in Calgary, where more than 150 similar zones are spread throughout downtown and other popular areas. "From our perspective, this has been a win-win," said Wes Hogman, Interim General Manager of the Calgary Parking Authority. "Requests from taxi companies for additional spaces have been accommodated, and in turn they've complied with the rules around parking in these zones."

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January 20 - Metro Calgary - Calgary Parking Authority plans new impound lot with heated drive-through bay

Calgarians making a trip to the impound lot will likely still grumble next year but the experience should be made at least a little more pleasant with a brand new building including a heated drive-through bay for getting in and out. The Calgary Parking Authority plans to build a two-floor, 18,000 square foot facility to the north of its exising building at the 39 Avenue impound lot, then demolish the old structure to make room for more parking.

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January 7 - Calgary Herald - Council to vote this spring on condo without parking

Before developer Joe Starkman tries to convince 168 home buyers that no-parking condos in East Village make a viable investment and great lifestyle, he'll have to sell the concept to a smaller focus group: city council. The concept will surely have some supporters on council . . . But it will also face some skeptics, like Counc. Sean Chu, who said he needs to be convinced of the evidence behind the plans. "It's attracting young, single people. Eventually, those people are going to grow out of it and are going to want a family," said Chu, who sits on the Calgary Parking Authority board. "They're going to need a vehicle for a hospital run or something else. Then if they have to sell (the condo) who's going to buy it?"

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January 6 - Calgary Herald - Analysis: Five files to watch at City Hall in 2015

In 2015, many familiar city hall issues will come home to roost. . . . This year could also be huge for ParkPlus, but not just within this city. Calgary Parking Authority is in the running to become the electronic meter provider for Edmonton, and officially will be working with multinational firm Cubic to export the homegrown parking system in the United States and overseas - a potentially lucrative venture for Calgary.

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January 5 - Metro News Calgary - Calgary aims to assist drivers in search for parking with message boards in 2015

If you're stopped at a red light in downtown Calgary, glance at the drivers to your left and right, chances are at least one of you is on the hunt for parking space. Studies have shown that 33 per cent of Calgary's core traffic congestion is actually attributed to motorists looking to get off the roads altogether and park their rides. The Calgary Parking Authority does track availability for its seven downtown parkades in real time and publishes the data on its website and smartphone app.

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