Could their be parking light at the end of a very dark tunnel for our neighborhood? Well, if Mayor Marty Walsh and the Performance Parking pilot program has its way, it will improve the situation. So how will it work? Well, it will put the theory of supply and demand to the test in two of the city’s most congested neighborhoods – Back Bay and South Boston’s Seaport District.
What should you be prepared for? Higher parking meter prices. According the City of Boston’s website, flexible meter rates equals more parking spots. Maybe you won’t drive your car down to the Seaport if it’s going to cost you $4 an hour for a meter. Maybe you’ll just take an Uber thus opening up a spot. “By raising meter rates in our most-congested areas, we can direct motorists to less busy streets to quickly find spots. We can also boost the use of public transportation and encourage motorists who intend to park for a long time to use off-street parking.”
So the meter prices will go up and down depending on whether the parking spots are full on certain blocks. The City of Boston hasn’t raised meter rates since 2011. This pilot program will begin January 3, 2017
Now, if only the city can help us solve our parking crisis further in the neighborhood. Hmmmm…..