Will increasing parking ticket fines help solve our transportation issues? Sounds like it!
Mayor Marty Walsh announced on Tuesday his “Transformative Investments in Go Boston 2030 Transportation Plan as Part of Recommended Budget and Capital Plan.” (Phew, that’s a mouthful!) As part of this plan, parking ticket fees could go up with the hopes it would discourage congestion (hello double parking) and the funds raised would go towards designated bike lanes, protected bike paths, improving infrastructure, traffic signals and more.
Ticket fees have not been increased since 2008.
Also part of the plan, a new Transit Team who’s sole purpose is to work with the MBTA and improve public transit. (Hallelujah!)
The new plan (including ticket fee increases) needs to be approved by the City Council.
So what does all this mean for you? Well, if you’re don’t have a resident sticker and are parked in a resident-only spot your will go from $40 to $60. Street cleaning tickets will increase from $40 to $90. Double-parking tickets will increase from $45 to $75 in Zone A (downtown) and in Zone B (neighborhoods) $30 to $55.
So there you go!