At-Large Councilor Michelle Wu is pitching the idea of an annual fee, potentially up to $100, for residents to obtain parking permits. This money could then be used to fund transportation projects. Read the hearing order from the city council meeting here.
Currently, Boston residents looking to parking their cars in their neighborhood need only to fill out a one-page application and prove their permanent residency to receive a free resident parking sticker. Some may argue this has led to an overwhelming number of permits, such as in the North End where there are close to 4,000 issued to compete for about 1,500 spots.
Proponents of the resident parking permit fee suggest this will discourage some people from getting permits, leading to less competition for spots. Opponents worry about the extra expense and how the money will be used. There are other conundrums to be figured out as well, such as what to do if there are more permits than parking spots.
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