Meter maids gave out 13,566 parking tickets from June to August 2011 in the North End, more than the 10,131 residents living here. Many, if not most, of the tickets were issued to the thousands of visitors that come to the historic neighborhood and eat at its well-known restaurants. The current run-rate for parking tickets in the North End / Waterfront is over 1,200 per month, according to an update by James Mansfield from the Boston Transportation Department.
City officials want residents to know they are actively enforcing the parking laws in the North End, with a focus on protecting resident parking spaces. That was the message this week in response to a request from Resident Parking and Traffic Committee of the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council, NEWNC. The report, shown in the video above, covers the North End’s approximately 0.27 square miles (see map).
Out of the total tickets issued this summer, 3512, or roughly 26%, were for resident parking violations. By month, there were 1029 resident parking tickets issued in June, 1251 in July and 1233 in August. These figures do not include tickets issued by Boston Police which can add a few hundred more parking violations per month but are usually not related to resident parking.
The number of North End street parking spaces and resident stickers were not disclosed. However, meeting participants estimated there are over 4,000 resident cars in the North End sharing approximately 1,200 residential parking spaces.
Watch the video for resident Q&A with BTD regarding various parking issues, including valets, feasts, TD Garden, expired resident stickers and a proposal to allow residents to park in visitor spaces. BTD also gave out a phone number, 617-635-3125, that residents can contact for a meter maid response to a parking violation.