Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina Fiandaca spoke with the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) this week regarding parking and traffic issues in the neighborhood.
The use of resident parking spaces by construction workers, valets and car-share companies was criticized at the meeting. NEWNC Traffic & Parking Committee Chair, Ryan Kenny, said that construction and development projects can take years with workers using dozens of “temporary” permitted parking spaces.
NEWNC members questioned the city’s new car-share program where Enterprise and ZipCar use public street spaces instead of parking lots. The use of Ride Boston spaces on Cross Street directly adjacent to a city parking lot was raised as objectionable.
In the North End, there are approximately 4350 resident parking permits that have been issued for less than 2,000 actual street spaces. BTD’s Stephen Passacantilli announced efforts to create more resident parking spaces. One notable increase will come from the Eliot School at 585 Commercial Street where the lot will be designated for nighttime resident parking bringing more than 40 new spots to the neighborhood.
More broadly, the Commissioner spoke about long-term mobility goals as part of the Imagine Boston planning process. Public Safety initiatives through Vision Zero is also a transportation priority for the city to eliminate fatal and serious traffic crashes.
A Fenway pilot of increased fines during Red Sox gamedays has been successful, according to BTD. The department is open to expanding that type of program to the North End and Bulfinch Triangle areas that contend with large event parking issues from TD Garden.
BTD has committed to step-up enforcement and encourages residents to call 311 when they see parking and traffic violations.
View the video above to see the complete discussion from the meeting.