Town of New Canaan Update on Commuter Parking Renewals and Changes Regarding Downtown Parking Lots

At its meeting on May 18, 2021, the Board of Selectmen took action on several recommendations from the Parking Commission:

Commuter Parking Permit Renewals:
The Board of Selectmen deferred action on setting a date for commuter parking permit renewals. In March, the Selectmen decided that commuter permit renewals and metered parking enforcement would be effective on July 1, 2021, subject to possible reconsideration based on COVID conditions.  The Parking Commission has recommended that renewals be deferred to September 1, 2021. However, since it is still not clear when Metro North train schedules will return to normal and when large numbers of commuters will return to commuting on New Canaan branch line trains, the Selectmen will revisit this decision at its next meeting scheduled for June 1, 2021.

Saturday Enforcement of Park Street and Playhouse Parking Lots:
The Board of Selectmen approved the Parking Commission’s recommendation that metered parking be charged on Saturdays between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm in the Park Street and Playhouse parking lots beginning on July 1, 2021, as is currently the case with the Morse Court lot. The reason for this change is to enable enforcement of the requirement that town workers who have free permits to park in the Center School and Locust Avenue lots Monday through Friday also park in those lots on Saturdays, and not to park in the Park Street and Playhouse lots which are intended for shoppers and restaurant patrons.

Additional Electric Vehicle Charging Stations:
The Board of Selectmen approved the Parking Commission’s recommendation to add an additional EV charging station at the Morse Court parking lot next to the existing charging station, and, in addition, that a new EV charging station be installed behind the Town Hall Annex.

PayByPhone Added to Downtown Parking Lots:
In addition, the Town has implemented the mobile payment app PayByPhone in all downtown parking lots.  PayByPhone is an easy-to-use mobile, contactless parking payment option.  Residents who park in one of the downtown lots may enter the space number, license plate number and the amount of time to be purchased. The app which is easily downloaded through the Apple Store or Google Play.  Each downtown lot has its own PayByPhone location number to be entered into the app.  To use PayByPhone, just create an account and enter the information required. (Carrier rates may apply.)