Simcoe Parking Garage Reopens

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Peterborough. ON - The Simcoe Parking Garage will reopen on July 18, 2022 at 6 a.m. after the completion of an extensive rehabilitation of the garage and the culvert that supports Jackson Creek under the garage.

As part of the work on the garage, the City has also installed a new parking control system, which is expected to be operational on August 2, 2022.

Between July 18 and August 2, 2022, parking in the Simcoe Parking Garage at 190 Simcoe St. will be free for all customers.

In August, the new automated parking control system will be turned on and this new system includes gates controlling entry and exit from the garage. The new system will provide customers with a number of options to pay for their parking.

Customers need to have their ticket validated before exiting the parking garage. Validated tickets are inserted into the machine at the exit, which will raise the gate arm for the vehicle to leave the parking garage.

Customers can pay by debit or credit card at the machine at the exit by inserting their ticket at the exit gate.

There are also payment machines located in the parking garage where customers can pay for their parking before proceeding to the exit gate. Customers using this option are advised to pay for their parking as they return to their vehicle before departing the parking garage. There is a 15-minute period provided after validating a ticket to allow customers to return to their vehicles and proceed to the exit gate.

New signs are being installed to guide customers to pay stations, which are fully accessible.

To pay by cash, customers insert their ticket at the new pay station located on the lower level by the elevators and the walkway to the transit platform. This station also accepts payment by debit or credit.

There is also a new pay station on Level 2A, near the rear stairwell, that accepts only debit or credit for paying for parking and validating parking tickets prior to exit.

Customers can also pay for their parking using their HotSpot account and HotSpot readers are provided on all pay stations for customers to activate the gates using their phones.

Monthly pass holders will be issued a new proximity card or be able to obtain an RFID tag to install on their windshields, which will automatically open the gates upon entry and exit from the garage, as long as their monthly permit is active and is renewed prior to the start of the next month. There will be a deposit required for the new proximity cards or RFID tags, which will be refunded when the customer no longer requires a monthly parking pass. Parking staff will be reaching out to current monthly pass holders to arrange for issuing the new cards or customers can call the Parking Division at 705-742-7777 extension 2802 to purchase a monthly parking pass.

Parking rates and hours of service remain unchanged. Customers parking in the Simcoe Parking Garage and King Street Parkade will still receive their first hour of parking free of charge.