The City of Surrey has revised its parking policy around the perimeter of Surrey Memorial Hospital. This campaign promise translates into a real improvement in the lives of those that visit SMH to support friends and family receiving treatment. The new two hours of free parking is certainly not the solution to the hospital pay parking problem, but the contribution is worthy of praise. What’s more, the city is taking the next logical step and asking the Fraser Health Authority to drop all parking fees at the main off-street parking lots. My blog goes into some detail about the problems that can occur when a controlled parking lot transitions to a free for all, however I suspect Fraser Health will reject the request anyway. The fact that the second largest city in the province is formally requesting a radical change in how the SMH parking lot is monetized is significant. If successful it would set a precedent sure to be followed by many other cities.
The City of Surrey Makes Good On A Promise