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Brookline to hold hearing on proposed $22 meter fees near Fenway Park

Posted by Brock Parker  October 5, 2010 05:11 PM

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Brookline will hold a public hearing next week on a proposal that would require Red Sox fans to pay more than $20 to park at some Beacon Street parking meters during home games.

The proposal is one of several meter rate hikes being considered by Brookline’s Transportation Board that will be discussed at the hearing Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Brookline Police Department at 350 Washington St.

Brookline Transportation Administrator Todd Kirrane said the board is considering hiking meter rates during Red Sox games at the parking space along the Beacon Street median between St. Mary’s and Hawes streets.

The parking spots are only a short walk from Fenway Park, and the current meter rates are 75 cents per hour until the meters shut off at 6 p.m. As a result, Red Sox fans can park in the spots at 4 p.m., put $1.50 in the meter and leave a car in a spot until the conclusion of a baseball game. Fees for parking in a deck near Fenway Park can cost up to $35.

Kirrane said the board is considering extending the meter hours along the median strip until 10 p.m. and raising the rates to $1 per hour for the first two hours, and $10 per hour for an additional two hours, bringing the four-hour total to $22. A four-hour limit would apply to the spots, as well.

The board is considering the hike in an effort to generate more revenue for the town and to free up some of the parking spaces around the St. Mary’s Green Line MBTA stop.
Some merchants in the area have complained that the baseball fans are taking all of the parking spots, and other customers can’t park at the stores and restaurants during home games.

But Kirrane said a number of other meter hikes and operating hours for parking meters will also be up for discussion at next week’s hearing.

Transportation officials are also proposing to extend meter operation hours for the curbside parking spots along Beacon Street between St. Mary’s and Hawes streets from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Meter operation hours would also be extended from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. along other high-usage areas of Beacon and Harvard streets.

The town is also considering raising meter rates at all two, three and five-hour limit parking meters to $1 per hour and raising the fee to the same rate for 10-hour limit meters on Brookline Avenue.

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