The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) is working with Boston Transportation Department to protect, and increase, the number of resident parking spots in the neighborhood. Recently, I joined a walkthrough with NEWNC’s Parking and Traffic Committee Chair, Ryan Kenny, BTD’s Joe Fluery and Nicole Leo from the Mayor’s office.
NEWNC is asking for a number of issues to be addressed:
1. Visitor Parking Signs: There are approximately 2-3 visitor spots on each street of the North End. With the exception of the “main streets” (Hanover, Commercial, Salem and Prince), NEWNC is looking to have BTD alter the current Visitor Parking signs to include a “Resident Exempt” decal on the current signs. It has been almost 2 years since NEWNC was told the current visitor parking signs would be modified. There is still no answer as to when these signs will be modified to reflect that residents are exempt, nor have we been told which streets will be included in the resident exemption.
2. Elimination of Resident Parking Spots: We were informed that Pizzeria Regina’s paid for the 3 commercial spots in front of the restaurant during the morning hours. It was stated that for $40 per foot (per year) a restaurant can get resident spots converted to commercial loading spots. The committee is concerned that this policy is a slippery slope, especially in the North End. It appears that the residents have no say in the conversion of these types of spots.
Other issues discussed during the walkthrough included:
a) Myriad of street post signs are confusing regarding parking rules. BTD is trying to standardize the signage as shown in some locations.
b) Excessive temporary parking restrictions often take up entire blocks with signage that is not removed.
c) Double yellow line on Hanover Street was recently repainted after it was noted missing during the walkthrough.
NEWNC’s Parking & Traffic Committee would also like to pass on the following information to residents regarding:
- Reserving Spots with a Cone: This is NOT permitted. The only exception is that a person can reserve a spot with a cone for a period of 48 hours after a snow storm. If you see a cone you can call the Mayor’s Hotline (617-635-4500) and they will come remove it or you can remove it yourself.
- Handicap Placard/Spot: If you suspect fraudulent activity regarding someone using a handicap placard in their car or you suspect that a spot designated for a handicap person is no longer relevant for a particular address, you can call the Mayor’s Hotline (617-635-4500), notify your elected officials or complete the Parking Abuse Complaint Form for Disability Placards and Handicap Plates: http://www.massrmv.com/rmv/forms/disabled.htm
BTD’s Commissioner Tinlin has been invited to appear at an upcoming NEWNC meeting to further discuss these issues and address any questions residents may have regarding parking in the North End.
More photos from the walkthrough: