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Brookline issues 130 parking tickets during Red Sox game

Posted by Brock Parker  April 9, 2013 02:48 PM

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Tickets for opening-day baseball took on a new meaning for a number of Red Sox fans who parked in Brookline Monday.

Brookline Police and parking enforcement officers issued about 130 tickets for parking violations during the Red Sox win over the Baltimore Orioles.

The parking enforcement is part of an ongoing effort by the town to prevent Red Sox fans from taking up all of the metered spots around Beacon and St. Mary’s streets, where merchants have said their customers have a difficult time finding anywhere to park during baseball games.

Revenue from the tickets might be good for the town, but Brookline Police Sergeant Paul Kelliher said motorists may think otherwise.

“For somebody who thinks they can park in there, it’s not a good thing,” he said.

Beginning in 2011, Brookline did designate a number of parking spots along the Beacon Street median near the St. Mary’s T stop where Red Sox fans can park during a game if they are willing to pay $22 for the spot.

But fans can’t park at the parking spots along the curb where businesses located are because the meters there expire after only two hours and motorists must pay to park there until 10 p.m. on game nights.

Kelliher said some confusion seems to have arisen because there have been some drivers who park in a spot along the curb, but then erroneously walk over to a multi-space meters along the median to pay for their parking. The motorists will then place one of the parking slips, which are intended for a vehicle in a median spot, on the dashboard of a car parked along the curb. That will result in a parking ticket.

Kelliher said police want to get the word out that the only area designated for people who wish to park in a metered spot for a Red Sox game is along the Beacon Street median and adjacent to the MBTA’s Green Line track.

Motorists who park in residential neighborhoods will also be subject to a ticket if their vehicle is parked for more than two hours, according to police.

--Brock.globe@gmail.com

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