Boston is the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its largest city, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was named Boston by early settlers from Boston, Lincolnshire in England. The largest city in New England, Boston is regarded as the unofficial "Capital of New England" for its economic and cultural impact on the entire New England region.
In Boston, summers are typically warm, rainy, and humid, while winters are cold, windy, and snowy. Spring and fall are usually mild, but conditions are widely varied, depending on wind direction and jet stream positioning.
Tourism comprises a large part of Boston's economy. The city is also a major seaport along the United States' East Coast and is also the oldest continuously operated industrial and fishing port in the Western Hemisphere.
Parking in Boston:
Many streets in older parts of Boston started as cow paths; making the on street parking difficult in those areas.
To assure people living in Boston neighborhoods have places to park near their homes, Boston places "Permit Parking Only" signs all over the city, making it difficult to find a spot without having the proper permits. If you regularly park in an area, spending an extra buck for a monthly or even long term membership to a lot or garage is an investment worth the price .
For any Boston resident who does not need to drive regularly, long-term parking may be the best option.
In Boston, the prices for apartments and real estate that come with parking spaces is quite steep, residents can buy long-term space along MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) routes so that they can quickly access their vehicle(s) when necessary, but don't have to deal with daily parking hassles and Weekly Street cleaning schedules. Drivers considering long-term options should shop around for the best rates and discounts that suit their parking needs.
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The Parking meters are in operation Monday through Saturday, 8AM - 8PM. Residents must deposit enough money to legally park for up to 2 hours maximum.
Boston Meter Cards can be used exclusively for payment at more than 7,000 single-space meters in Boston. City of Boston parking meters are free on Sundays and legal holidays and no time limit is enforced. All other parking regulations, including rush hour restrictions at meters, remain in effect. It is important to note that this applies only to the day that the actual holiday falls on, not to the day that offices may be closed in celebration of the holiday.
Residents parking Permits
Boston's Resident Permit Parking Program is an initiative designed to give residents a better chance of finding an on-street parking space in their neighborhood. Many of the parking spaces on Boston's residential streets are regulated as "Resident Parking Only."
A smaller number of parking spaces on these same streets are posted as "Visitor Parking" areas for the guests of neighborhoods residents. Residents who live in areas where parking is regulated for residents-only must apply for a Resident Parking Permit to avoid receiving parking tickets.
The Office of the Parking Clerk will grant a temporary permit to residents with a current Resident Parking Permit for rental cars only.
Street Sweeping and Snow Emergency Parking
Visit official website of the city to get latest information on Street Cleaning and weather emergency parking schedules here
Use the form on this page to search schedules for posted street sweeping, to see when parking restrictions take effect.
One can find schedules by street name, or by a combination of neighborhood and day. Lookup results are presented by District (which approximates a neighborhood), Side (odd/even), and Section (for longer streets chopped up by cross streets).