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.