Boston mayor calls for 60 percent hike on parking meters

BOSTON (WHDH) - Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is proposing a 60 percent fare hike on the city’s parking meters.

The mayor’s office is telling people to be ready to pay more as soon as July 1, citing a parking pilot program that suggests higher parking rates brings less traffic in an already overcrowded city.

Right now, it is $1.25 an hour to park on the street. Come July, that number will increase to $2.00.

Some people say they are angry at the proposed hike calling the move, “outrageous.”

One commuter said, “It is already expensive to park here. I hate coming into the city so that is going to make it even worse.”

On game days, rates outside of Fenway Park and TD Garden will jump to $2.50 per hour and parking the popular Seaport District will cost drivers up to $3.75.

The mayor’s office says the new rates will bring in $5 million a year, which will be reinvested into other transportation projects.

One woman said, “Anything that brings less cars into the neighborhood is a good thing.”

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