BOSTON (CBS) — Parking at a meter in Boston will soon cost 25 percent more. The city’s transportation department plans to start retrofitting the city’s more than 7,000 parking meters Saturday.

The cost of will increase from $1 an hour to $1.25 an hour. The price hike will mean a quarter will be worth 12 minutes rather than 15 minutes, as before.

The department calls meter parking in Boston a bargain compared to other cities, citing rates of $2 an hour in Philadelphia, $3 an hour in Washington, D.C. and $4 an hour in Los Angeles.

WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod reports.

Meter prices in Boston have not changed since the mid-1980’s.

Boston Transportation Department Commissioner Thomas Tinlin said, “For the past few years we have been working to revamp the city’s parking meter operation. At one time, due to old, faulty equipment that was easily and frequently vandalized, only about 78% of the city’s parking meters were operational on a given day. By outfitting Boston’s streets with enhanced meter technology, and revising our in-house maintenance and collection system, the on-street meter operability rate now remains consistent at 98%.”

Next month, the city is starting a pilot credit card program for 144 meters in the Financial District, allowing drivers to pay for space on their credit cards.

The city also plans on unveiling parking meter Smart Cards soon. The reloadable debit cards will be able to be used at many meters in the city.

Comments (10)
  1. Sean says:

    The parking authority is going to love this they will have no problem making there ticket quota’s with this increase.

  2. Italo says:

    Boston might as well shut down to driving commuters, and just cater to in-town residents and T-users who travel only during MBTA hours…it’s become just about an impossible nightmare to want to try to drive anywhere within a mile of Downtown Boston anymore–and not worth it.

  3. DStein says:

    Just one more move by Mumbles Menino to make the City of Boston even more expensive and unfriendly. My advice: Stay out of Boston. Do all of your business outside of Boston. If you own a company, move it out of Boston….in fact, move it out of Massachusetts to a more business friendly state like New Hampshire.

  4. cynic says:

    My license expires next month….I have been asking myself if I really want to renew it. Taxes,insurance,tickets,surcharges,inspections,registration and now this balogna make the decision a lot easier… Who neeeds the aggravation.

  5. cynic says:

    Year ago I had a layover at the Airport in Baltimore. The gift shop there had a gereat use for parking meters…..they made lamps out of them.

  6. susan says:

    I love Boston……. If you follow the rules, you won’t receive a ticket… It’s that simple….. If you are not from Boston but live here, and have a tendency to do nothing but complain, perhaps you should move elsewhere!!!! Smile…….

    1. Cynic says:

      I love you ‘Follow The Rules” people. The reality is that the City makes the rules and they are designed to make it imposible to operate a vihicle in Boston for any length of time with out getting a ticket.

  7. jjimmyc says:

    The rate per minute may have increased but there has been a significant increase in the times of operation. The meters used to be free after 6P> but a few years back the active time in the Back Bay and other popular area have been raised to 8PM. Also, many spots have been re-designated over the years making fewer spaces available.

  8. Jimmy says:

    OOPS! Typo. The above first sentence should have said that “the rate per minute may NOT have increased since the 1980’s but…….”

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