Transport Free parking for motorists is shrinking in the metropolitan area – Maps show where free parking will soon end

Espoo and Vantaa will introduce more payment zones. Helsinki is preparing a new parking policy, which will be decided by the post-election council.

22.1. 2:00 | Updated 22.1. 6:13

Espoo, Helsinki and Vantaa are renewing their parking practices in public areas this year.

The extensions of the previously locked payment zones will take effect in Espoo and Vantaa during the spring and summer. Helsinki, on the other hand, is preparing a new comprehensive parking policy for the post-municipal council to decide.

Espoo is starting to charge a parking fee on a few sections of street in Tapiola, Matinkylä and Leppävaara. Until now, parking has been free on the city streets.

Vantaa, on the other hand, is expanding the street sections of paid parking in Tikkurila, Myyrmäki and introducing a daily fee at the most popular access parking spaces. Access parking in city-managed car parks has so far been free if the motorist has had a valid public transport ticket.

Here’s how the payment zones expand:

The fastest the changes can be seen in Espoo, where officials are currently working on practical details for a public area parking program approved by the city government.

Until now, private commercial properties in Espoo have charged parking fees if the car is parked in their parking garage or yard.

However, a significant mental threshold for Espoo residents has now been exceeded, with tolls extending to street parking.

Director of Urban Technology, Espoo Harri Denmark characterizes the opening as moderate. In Tapiola, the hourly rate of one euro will be used in three sections of the street in South Tapiola and an hourly rate of two euros in the parking areas of the cultural center and indoor swimming pool.

In Matinkylä, certain sections of Matinkatu, Matinkartanonkatu and Rauhalanpuisto will become chargeable near the Iso Omena shopping center. In Leppävaara, paid parking can be arranged in the vicinity of the Sello shopping center on Leppävaarankatu, Alberganpuistotie and Säterinkatu, among others.

Denmark estimates that the new payment areas will be introduced at some point in the spring. The city is currently preparing agreements on mobile payments.

“The procurement of parking meters has been studied from different angles, but we believe that Espoo will survive without them,” says Denmark.

In addition to the mobile applications of different service providers, payment by phone or text message is also investigated.

“The goal is to make payments even to people who don’t necessarily own a smartphone,” says the traffic manager Antti Savolainen.

Espoo has commissioned a legal study to move to mobile payments only. The city would therefore not offer other payment options, such as coin or card payments.

With the payment of street parking, Espoo aims to direct parking to the properties’ own parking areas and parking garages in order to free up space for distribution traffic and guest parking.

Here’s how the payment zones expand:

Parking machines procurement is slow and expensive and they have their own maintenance. However, Vantaa will acquire vending machines for the Louhela and Vantaankoski access parking areas. In the access parking areas of Tikkurila, Myyrmäki and Martinlaakso, vending machines are already in use.

Traffic planner Jenni Tyynilä estimates that the new vending machines will be installed in September at the earliest. Vending machines are needed because Vantaa will introduce a daily fee for the euro at stations in the B-flag zone in Vantaankoski, Martinlaakso, Louhela and Myyrmäki, and in zone C at Tikkurila.

With the vending machine, the motorist can show their valid public transport ticket and he will be saved on other fees. This will ensure that the car park favors connecting tourism.

In the future, non-public transport users will also be able to park in the access parking areas by paying a one-time fee of five euros. In accordance with the previous decision, this policy is already in force in the access parking areas of Tikkurila, Rekola, Leinelä, Myyrmäki and Martinlaakso.

Vantaa will also extend the duration of access parking to 16 hours. Parking can still be extended to 24 hours or even 48 hours at an additional cost.

Access parking more Vantaa decision-makers and residents have talked about extensions to the business parking payment zone in Tikkurila, Kivistö and Myyrmäki.

One of the goals of both reforms has been to increase the city’s parking revenues as the city’s economic situation has deteriorated due to the corona epidemic. The Vantaa budget aimed for more parking revenues of about 300,000 euros.

Motorists reached from Tikkurila will not like the extension of the toll zone and the toll increase in the core area.

Corsican Ari Heino has learned to tact in Tikkurila’s payment area. He has taken his car to the Library Park, where the first hour of parking is free.

“You have to visit here less often, and then yes, one hour of free time has been enough,” he says.

The northern boundary of the new payment zone is Lummetie in Tikkurila, along which there is no street parking. Reached along the waterways Veikko Eronen cleans his car of snow in the backyard of his home. There is no charge for residential parking on private properties.

“I don’t know what my daughter is saying then. He lives on the west side of the traffic light intersection, and the change may affect visitors, ”Eronen thinks.

Tikkurila’s Lummetie is the northern boundary of the toll zone. There is no charge for the home yard of people living along Lummetie, such as Veikko Eronen.­

Calm down confirms that the small residential streets intersecting with Lummetie and Talvikkitie will enter the toll zone. The idea is to direct parking to the yards of residential buildings.

During the autumn, there was a proposal in the preparation of officials that the parking areas of the popular sports venues Myyrmäki Sports Park and Lake Kuusijärvi would have become paid. This proposal was cut off by politicians.

The decision-makers also outlined that the first hour of parking in public areas in Vantaa will remain free of charge.

In Espoo, the first hour free of charge was also considered, but it was not introduced in public areas.

Parking fee reform requires good information and signage on the terrain. In Vantaa, it is estimated that the new areas of the payment zones will be marked in the terrain so that tolling can be introduced in May.

According to Savolainen, a comprehensive information campaign is coming up in Espoo before street parking fees are introduced.

In Helsinki the preparation of a new parking policy is so in its infancy that a ground worker, a transport engineer Juha Hietanen is careful in his speeches.

He says the review covers all matters related to parking, such as the extent of toll zones, resident parking codes and the amount of different charges.

Helsinki’s still-valid parking policy was confirmed in 2014. Based on this decision, for example, the monthly fee for resident parking has increased by two euros at the turn of the year.

As the long-term guidelines are politically significant, the new parking policy will come under consideration by the new city council after the election.

Of the 12 top projects listed in the previous parking policy, the price increase for resident parking has been implemented in stages, but not, for example, separate winter and summer pricing for residential parking.

For new residential areas, for example in Hernesaari, market-based parking arrangements are coming in, where the prices of the apartment and the parking space are separated. Mobile services have also been developed.

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