How does a “station zone” work?


Unlike a regular station located in a fixed location, a “station zone” is an area on the map visible in the Communauto app. Developed in collaboration with the City of Montreal, this initiative was part of a pilot project that tested the feasibility of this new type of station.

The vehicles at these stations are parked on the street and can be located anywhere within the boundaries of the zone. They do not have fixed parking spots. Therefore, using the Communauto app is necessary to find a reserved vehicle in a station zone.

The perimeter of these stations is small enough to be quickly crossed on foot.

Station zones can be identified in the app by their unique icon. To know the area covered by a station zone, you just need to click on its icon.

The reservation

When making a reservation, you will not see the exact position of the vehicle that will be assigned to you; you will only know the zone within which it will be located when it comes time to use it.

Before starting the trip

When the time comes, use the app to locate your vehicle. It will be displayed on the map up to ten minutes before the start of your reservation (if it is already available).

At the end of the trip

At the end of your trip, you simply need to release the vehicle within the boundaries of the station zone in a location that is not subject to restrictions. Since the vehicles at these stations are equipped with the same parking permits as FLEX vehicles, the same rules apply for on-street parking. For more information, consult the FLEX parking guide.

Need a reminder? Check the station info
A summary of this information, as well as a map illustration of the area covered by the station zone where you reserved your vehicle, are available in the station info (accessible during your trip by clicking on the station’s name in the Communauto app).

Where to park: a reminder of the rules

Just like FLEX vehicles, station zone vehicles give you the right to park in spaces reserved for holders of a resident parking permit.

At the end of your trip, you must pay close attention to signage to avoid places that are metered or subject to restrictions (even temporary ones), including those that will come into effect in the future. The only exception to this rule concerns restrictions for street cleaning purposes. In this case, you have the right to release the vehicle in a location on the condition that you can leave it there until the end of the next day (11:59 PM).

Here is a summary of the parking restrictions that you must comply to (places where it is not possible to end a trip):

  • Snow removal zone;
  • Loading zone;
  • Metered parking zone;
  • Time-limited parking zone;
  • Temporary no-parking zone, even if it is not in effect at the time you park (schools, parks, bus lanes, etc.);
  • Street cleaning zone if the prohibition starts before the end of the next day (11:59 PM).

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