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Councilor Linehan Calls for Resident Parking 7 Days a Week

Council President Linehan met this week with Transportation Commissioner Gillooly to talk about district transportation issues including the possibility of a seven-day a week resident parking program.  Due to the continued population growth in South Boston, Councilor Linehan continues to work on the expansion of resident parking opportunities.   Hundreds of new public resident parking spaces have been created over the past few years, but it is now time to expand the posted program to include weekends.

Councilor Flaherty, Representative Collins and Council President Linehan continue to work together to address this most pressing issue.  Recently, the transportation commissioner met with the South Boston elected officials to begin a dialogue and process to improve conditions.

 “I asked the Commissioner to consider a pilot program of 7-day resident parking in the most residential section of South Boston to give us a chance to see that it can work and improve this most pressing quality of life issue.  Of course a community meeting would be held prior to implementation and after implementation to verify impacts and improvements,” said Linehan.

Councilor Flaherty added, “It is clear the neighborhood continues to be overdeveloped to the point where parking is no longer just a weekday problem for residents, it’s now a 365 day problem!  Residents across the town have asked us to consider a seven day a week resident parking program similar to other densely populated neighborhood, and as elected leaders we are listening and responding.

Representative Collins said, “I want to thank Council President Linehan for his leadership on this issue, working together we believe the City and State can find new ways to increase parking opportunities in South Boston.”

 This is just one more step in the ongoing battle to deal with the impacts of density and its effects on our quality of life.  Additional measures are to be explored which include angled parking as well as changes and amendments to the zoning code.

If you have any suggestions on ways to increase resident parking or improve transportation issues, please contact Councilor Linehan’s office at (617) 635-3203 or email him at Bill.Linehan@boston.gov.

 

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Comments

  1. …but I’d also like to see enforced resident only parking during the work week. Cars should be towed, not ticketed. My brother in law keeps his CT plates and even budgeting for 3-4 tickets a week, it’s still in his financial favor to keep the CT plate rather than register his car in Southie.

    This is semi-related – how do people get away with double parking on Sundays while attending mass at the church on E Broadway? What happens if I’m blocked in and need to move my car? Recently moved to the Perkins Square area from Farragut and never really thought about it.

  2. I’m all for more parking, but where exatcly are our families supposed to park if they come to visit. Why can’t we just scatter a few municipal garages throughout the neighborhood that are free for residents and cost a fee for visitors.

  3. Good for the Councilor, always looking out for the best interest of the RESIDENTS. But he should go a step further and propose resident parking not only 7 days a week but 24 hours a day. As for the whiners, park in the visitors spot.
  4. I’m just curious where will all of us that care for elderly parents park while we’re in Southie? My parents no longer drive so I am responsible for their shopping, medical transportation and various other supportive tasks. They have paid taxes all their lives but no longer take up a parking space. I would want to see how this is addressed.

  5. What about meters in certain areas? Perhaps meters that only allow you to put money in for a 2 hr stay.
  6. Making resident parking 7 days a week doesn’t create any more spaces. Like someone already mentioned, it would help if parking rules were actually enforced. It’s not like there’s spaces that magically get filled up on weekends with people from outside the neighborhood. That being said, where are visitors supposed to park? Not everyone can take the T. I have a friend who brings her dog with her when she comes to visit from NH. We really need a few municipal garages that would be free for residents and a small fee for visitors. 

  7. I don’t think this will solve the parking issue.  There’s still an issue during the work week at night where it’s just resident only parking.  yes, visitors during the weekends, adds some to the mess.  However, there are residents that go away on the weekends so there’s a little trade off.  If you were to ban the visitors on the weekends, then there needs to be some sort of garage or something for them.  Where else would they go?  Back bay has garages and meters at least, you can park at overnight.    How about adding driveways for new condo’s/apartments that are being built? or adding a couple resident only parking lots and leave the streets alone?  I see a lot of new condo’s being built with no parking, which just adds to the already lack of parking residents already have.

  8. On weekends, the out-of-state cars magically take up many, many spots around South Boston.  Not so much visitors, but rather residents whose cars are illegally registered out of state.  They park down the Boulevard during the week, and move up on the residential streets on weekends!! 
     

  9. driveways take parking spaces from the street.  We need to require all new development to include at least 1.5 parking spaces for each unit.  I feel a 1-1 parking ratio is not enough.   If the new development has extra parking they can use these for visitors.

  10. Easy solution, register a car in South Boston and get  a resident sticker for it.