The pilot, which began back in April 2017 as one of the Go Boston 2030 action items, tested two parking approaches in the Back Bay and Seaport:
1) Increased Meter Pricing – In the Back Bay, all parking meters were priced at $3.75 per hour for the whole year. This neighborhood saw an 11% increase in available metered spaces, and a 14% decrease in double parking. In addition, illegal parking in a resident spot declined by 12%.
2) Flexible Meter Pricing – In the Seaport, each block was priced independently and the price was changed every two months based on space availability. Meters started at $1.50 and were increased by 50 cents on blocks with 90% or more occupancy, and decreased by 50 cents on blocks with 70% or less occupancy. This neighborhood saw a 1% increase in parking availability and a 35% decrease of illegal parking in a resident spot.
The results of these two approaches showed the Back Bay strategy was more successful at opening parking spaces and reducing congestion.
“The performance parking pilot program has proven to be an effective tool to reduce congestion, improve safety, and open up more parking in our busiest neighborhoods. This program makes better use of our limited curb-space and helps our businesses districts and neighborhoods thrive by making sure drivers can easily find a spot and that pedestrians and cyclists are not adversely impacted by double parking.” – Boston Transportation Department Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca
All additional revenue as a result of the program will be reinvested into street, sidewalk, and transportation infrastructure projects in those neighborhoods and around the City. The Boston Transportation Department will now analyze the pilot results and determine whether the program should be expanded to other parking meters throughout Boston, including those in the North End.