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Ding! Time’s up! 7 Day Resident Parking Pilot Program over

UPDATED: The 90 days of the pilot program to test resident parking for seven days in City Point have come to a completion.  So what are the results?  Positive!  According to a press release from City Council President and Southie resident Bill Linehan, the pilot program was a success and proved that an average of nearly 100 visitor vehicles parked in resident spaces each weekend evening during the 90 days.  The Boston Transportation Department cited 2,022 vehicles for resident parking violations in the program’s first 11 weekends.  

Back in July, Linehan hosted a community meeting to discuss the program which turned heated at times with residents voicing their opposition to a seven day a week resident only restrictions. The pilot program which was implemented increased the parking restrictions that are associated with the area’s Resident Parking Program from four nights a week to seven.  The pilot program’s intention was to increase on-street parking availability for neighborhood residents.

According to the press release, “Council President Linehan continues to receive feedback from residents about the program, and it is overwhelmingly positive.  Residents are pleased the President has strongly advocated expanding the Resident Parking Program pilot area. City Point residents are enjoying the benefits of resident parking and President Linehan would like more South Boston residents to feel the same.”

So with that in mind, hang onto your hats, Southie – 7 Day Resident Parking Only could be spreading through the neighborhood.      

“We implemented this to address community concerns about a lack of available parking on weekends.  I continue to work with BTD to improve visitor parking opportunities, and to create more parking, in South Boston. I have discussed the results in the pilot area with BTD and I plan to schedule a meeting to discuss the expansion of the seven day Resident Parking Program throughout South Boston. In the interim, I will continue to work with BTD to identify new resident parking areas in the community and to explore other parking options that may ease the parking problem for South Boston residents.”

So there you have it, Southie.  Let us know what you think!  Take

our poll.

If you have questions or concerns, you can reach out to John Ulrich at Council President Linehan’s office at 617-635-3203 or email him at  john.ulrich@boston.gov.

Here is the press release in its entirety:

Council President Linehan Offers Update on Resident Parking

At the request of City Council President Bill Linehan, the Boston Transportation Department implemented a new Resident Parking Program in September of this year.  City Point was selected as the pilot area for this new program, which expands the effective hours of the neighborhood’s Resident Parking Program to provide more parking availability for South Boston residents.
The updated program is the result of resident complaints about vehicles from outside the city coming in and parking for the entire weekend, severely limiting the ability of many residents, especially seniors, to go anywhere on weekends.  Council President Linehan pushed for changes to address the issue.
 Prior to the new program’s implementation, resident only parking existed overnight from Monday to Thursday.  The new program provides resident only overnight parking all seven nights of the week.
    

Council President Linehan continues to receive feedback from residents about the program, and it is overwhelmingly positive.  Residents are pleased the President has strongly advocated expanding the Resident Parking Program pilot area. City Point residents are enjoying the benefits of resident parking and President Linehan would like more South Boston residents to feel the same.

Boston Transportation Department statistics prove that visitors were taking up a significant number of resident spaces on weekends before the program began.  BTD cited 2,022 vehicles for resident parking violations in the program’s first 11 weekends.  This is an average of nearly 100 vehicles parking in resident spaces each weekend evening.  Council President Linehan commented, “We implemented this to address community concerns about a lack of available parking on weekends.  I continue to work with BTD to improve visitor parking opportunities, and to create more parking, in South Boston.”

Given the amount of positive feedback and data, Council President Linehan said, “I have discussed the results in the pilot area with BTD and I plan to schedule a meeting to discuss the expansion of the seven day Resident Parking Program throughout South Boston. In the interim, I will continue to work with BTD to identify new resident parking areas in the community and to explore other parking options that may ease the parking problem for South Boston residents.”

 

 

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Comments

  1. IT WORKED!! I saw alot more parking early morning and up till 7:00 pm weeknights. Sorry for the people on other side of L Street that had to put up with weekend partyers and guests.

  2. what are the hours?  I have many family members who help me and I need for them to be able to park – what about the businesses? how did local 149 do with the restricted parking?  

  3. I am a City Point resident who gets home at 11:30 pm. It dId not free spaces. It made the city money, as I did see lots of tickets as I walked home my usual 3/4 blocks from the spot that took me an hour to find. After the first few weeks still many non residents & less tickets on the nonresident cars!

  4. I'm not sure where the data is with this overwhemling positive support for the program.  It has been a huge hassle for myself and my family and all of my neighbors who live in the pilot program neighborhood.  Nothing has changed either.  I still come home any night of the week at 7:30pm to find zero parking spaces – not sure what they think has changed.  On Saturdays during the day when visitors are allowed to park, I find tons of spots.  I would also like to know, if this does become permanant, where they expect us to park our visitors.  All other neighborhoods have garages or lots.  Please send emails to John with your complaints! According to the CIS poll, a lot of you feel the same way! Get our voices heard! 

  5. Or maybe BTD was just on the hook to actually pay more attention to City Point since City Hall wanted to make sure the program was done effectively. If the same amount of enforcement was dedicated to all areas of Southie than I am sure you would see a similiar amount of tickets issuess — the regulations we have are fine, they just need to be enforced across Southie!

  6. Here is an idea, how about we stop putting more condos on top of condos in Southie!!  Where are all the cars for those new residents going to go?!??!  Only one spot is permitted per unit.

  7. The parking program created parking spaces where it was implemented. Where it wasn't 7 days a week, all the newbies who don't register their vehicles in the Commonwealth knew they could get away with parking in the "non- City Point areas. So in this case it took parking spaces away from those areas.

  8. I'm not a fan of the non-resident ban.  I live on East 4th and I haven't noticed any increase in street parking availability since this program started.  All this means is I cannot have a guest stay overnight and park in the neighborhood.  If it is expanded to the other side of L street, there will be no parking in Southie for guests, period.  This is a major inconvenience for what seems to be a very small gain if any at all.