Looks like parking in the city, just got a little bit more expensive! Boston City Council has approved to increase parking fines and stricter policing of parking violations.
Last April, Mayor Marty Walsh announced his “Transformative Investments in Go Boston 2030 Transportation Plan as Part of Recommended Budget and Capital Plan.” (Phew, that’s a mouthful!) Part of this plan was the increase of parking ticket fees with the hopes it would discourage congestion (hello double parking)! The funds raised will go towards designated bike lanes, protected bike paths, improving infrastructure, traffic signals and more.
Ticket fees have not been increased since 2008.
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 (for overnight street cleaning) 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 $35. The city will also no longer tow cars that violate the street sweeping policy on the overnight street cleaning. In residential areas, street cleaning fees will stay the same and towing will be enforced.
The new change will just need Mayor Walsh’s signature which is expected.
So consider yourself warned.