The city’s parking authority reminds me of Jaws – always lurking quietly in the distance; and when they do end up coming for you, it’s always too late to avoid that dreadful letter in the mail sometime later in the future.

On August 1, the Calgary Parking Authority altered the schedule of paid parking times of some zones throughout downtown Calgary to start at 7 a.m.

“Paid parking will be extended to 7 am in three pricing areas in the Downtown based on occupancy levels. Observed data indicates that the occupancy levels in three pricing areas (4a, 4c and 4d) are over the 80% threshold between 7am and 9am. These are the only areas where paid parking will begin at 7am,” CPA stated on their website.

The announcement made by Calgary Parking Authority dictates that the altered schedule will be introduced to three areas of downtown based on occupancy levels. In a photo attached with the statement, it explains that the three areas in particular (4a, 4c and 4d) have filled above 80% occupancy from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. – these areas are the only sections of the city in which CPA has stated intentions of paid parking starting at the new time.

Currently, it costs $4.50 per hour in the 4a area, $4.75 in section 4d and a whopping $5.00 per hour in area 4c. Paid parking outside of these zones will not be affected, thankfully.

How does this change affect you? Is this going to create more space for people commuting downtown for work, or is it just another way to create revenue for the city?

Let us know in the comments!