Parking

Dock Square Parking Garage

Do you still consider paying parking tickets, instead of paying charges at a parking space like Dock Square Parking Garage? If you still do, you need to read this – this might change your mind.

Boston Transportation Department Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca says, “Parking regulations are a crucial component of urban transportation systems and abiding by them helps considerably to keep streets safe, functioning and equitable.”

The above statement is one of the reasons why Boston is having a parking ticket fines hike. Yes, you read that right. It is only last July when parking ticket fines skyrocketed really fast.

Check out the hikes here:

  • Resident Parking, from $40 to $60
  • Overnight Street Cleaning (Ticket But No Tow), from $40 to $90
  • Loading Zone, from $55 to $90
  • No Parking Zone A, from $55 to $90
  • No Parking Zone B, from $25 to $55
  • Double Parking Zone A, from $45 to $55
  • Double Parking Zone B, from $30 to $35
  • No Stopping or Standing, from $75 to $90
  • Meter Fee Unpaid, from $25 to $40
  • Over Meter Time Limit, from $25 to $40
  • Over Posted Time Limit, from $25 to $40

What if you are only at Boston to relax and visit your relatives or friends and you brought your car because you are with your family as well. Isn’t it so much of a hassle for you?

Some were asking where did all these fines go?

The answer is…

First, officials say that the revenues that will be generated from the increased in parking fines will go straight to the implementation of the City’s long-term transportation plan which is Go Boston 2030.

Here’s what else the money will go toward:

  • Safety enhancements, protected bike lanes, and redesigning intersections.
  • Transit Team will design exclusive bus lanes and traffic signal improvements for mass transit.
  • The Walkable Streets program
  • Green Links Program (3 are currently underway: the Roxbury-Fenway Connector linking the Southwest Corridor and the Emerald Necklace; the Roslindale Gateway Path; and a multi-use path connecting Fenway and Yawkey Stations.)
  • Improving the use of adaptive traffic signal technology.
  • Expanding the Performance Parking Program to the whole Boston community
  • Strengthening policies and programs focused on Transportation Network Companies, electric and autonomous vehicles.
  • Working with local transportation associations and developers to manage privately funded street enhancements to directly benefit the surrounding neighborhood
  • Giving additional revenue toward the Parking Meter Fund to assist neighborhood transportation projects.

Yes, it would actually go back the people in the community, however, that wouldn’t save you from being stressed out by ticket fines, are they?