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BOSTON – In a joint letter recently addressed to Chief of Streets Jascha Franklin-Hodge and Boston Transportation Department Commissioner Nick Gove, Boston City Council President Ed Flynn and City Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty requested that the Boston Transportation Department work with the South Boston Elected Officials to implement a one year Pilot Program of Resident Parking for seven nights a week, from 6pm-10am throughout South Boston. Given the unprecedented growth that South Boston has experienced, future development proposals on the horizon, and an imbalance of the parking stickers that are issued compared to parking spots available, as well as the need for consistency among neighborhoods and the quality of life issues that residents experience on the weekend – the current parking policy needs to adapt to provide relief for residents, while including attention to caregiver or visitor passes and zones.
Councilors Flynn and Flaherty also highlighted the need for resident parking overnight at Boston Public School lots as they have become a magnet for out-of-state vehicles, cars that lack a resident parking sticker, and those who have not updated their insurance. In addition, they also took issue with the precedent of continuing to automatically renew resident parking permits for certain neighborhoods without vetting if residents have since moved away. Councilors Flynn and Flaherty requested for an audit of current resident parking permits, and a return to the process of providing proof of residence upon renewal.
Moreover, the Councilors noted that a recent BTD study on the majority of South Boston indicated there were 28,900 active resident parking permits and only 10,600 on-street parking spaces. Beyond the unsustainable parking crisis, South Boston has developed over many years into a destination for young people with no resident parking restrictions in place when this influx of cars arrives on the weekends. Quality of life issues continue to arise, like illegal parking in handicap spots, MBTA bus stops, blocking driveways and fire hydrants, and double-parking along Broadway. The Councilors called attention to the difficulty, especially in the winter months, for residents to leave their homes every Thursday to Sunday evening for a youth sports game, to go to a show, or enjoy a nice night out for dinner.
“It is critical for the City of Boston to implement an updated 7 nights per week resident parking permit only policy in South Boston, and the enforcement it requires, to help protect tax paying residents from both the unsustainable parking crisis and quality of life issues that occur every weekend,” said Council President Flynn. “Many neighborhoods in Boston currently have resident-only all day parking, and we are asking that the city work with the community on a seven nights a week resident parking policy.”
“The residents of South Boston are taking the brunt of a parking crisis. There are out of state license plates that fill up spots while our residents circle the block for hours on end after working the night shift or simply returning from running errands. It’s time to help our neighbors tackle this quality of life issue,” said Councilor At-Large Flaherty.
For more information, please contact Council President Flynn’s office at 617-635-3203 and [email protected].