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Street closures, parking bans planned in Boston for New Year's Eve

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  December 26, 2013 11:16 AM

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Street closures are marked in red. Parking bans from Dec. 27 to Jan. 1 are colored in black. Jan. 1 parking bans are indicated in purple.

Some Boston streets will be closed to traffic -- and parking will be banned on others -- New Year’s Eve for the city’s annual First Night festivities.

City officials said they encourage people traveling in and around the city to use public transit, including the MBTA, which will offer free rides after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, as well as some extra service.

The following streets will be closed to vehicles:

  • Boylston Street, from Massachusetts Avenue to Tremont Street, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 31
  • Charles Street, from Park Plaza to Beacon Street, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 31
  • Dartmouth Street, from St. James Avenue to Boylston Street, from 12 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. on Jan. 1
  • Atlantic Avenue, from Milk Street to Cross Street, from 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1

Parking bans will be in effect from Friday, Dec. 27 through Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the following locations, which will be marked with “Tow Zone No Stopping” signs:

  • Boylston Street, Copley Square side, from opposite #585 to opposite #575
  • Blagden Street, Copley Square Library side, at the first two parking meters adjacent to Dartmouth Street.

Parking bans will be in effect on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at the following locations, which will be marked with “Tow Zone No Stopping” signs:

  • Arlington Street, both sides, from Beacon Street to Boylston Street
  • Atlantic Avenue, east side, from East India Row to Commercial Street, and west side, from Commercial Wharf to Cross Street
  • Beacon Street, Public Garden side, from Charles Street to Arlington Street, and, both sides, from Charles Street to Walnut Street
  • Berkeley Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Boylston Street, both sides, from Dalton Street to Arlington Street, north side, Public Garden side, from Arlington Street to Charles Street, and, both sides, from Charles Street to Tremont Street. (*Note the Friday through Wednesday restriction for a portion of Boylston Street as well.)
  • Cambridge Street, both sides, from Court Street to Sudbury Street
  • Central Street, both sides, from Old Atlantic Avenue to the Dead End
  • Charles Street, Public Garden side, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street
  • Clarendon Street, both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Court Street, both sides, from Washington Street to Cambridge Street
  • Cross Street, both sides, from Atlantic Avenue to Hanover Street
  • Dartmouth Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Exeter Street, both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Fairfield Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Gloucester Street, both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Hereford Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Milk Street, both sides, from J.F.F. Surface Road to Old Atlantic Avenue
  • Old Atlantic Avenue, both sides, from Milk Street to State Street
  • Surface Road, both sides, from Sudbury Street to State Street

For a list of MBTA-related changes on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, click here.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com.
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