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Downtown, Back Bay to see parking, traffic bans on New Year's Eve

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  December 30, 2011 01:12 PM

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Parts of downtown and the Back Bay will see parking and traffic restrictions on New Year’s Eve due to Boston’s annual First Night activities, city officials said this week.

The city says travelers are "strongly encouraged" to use public transportation.

The MBTA will offer free subway, bus and commuter rail service after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Some additional service will run to help manage the expected crowds, including rush-hour level service on all four of the T’s color-coded subway lines from 3 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday. For more details about the T’s service schedules this weekend, click here.

“Those who feel the need to drive in should plan to park in off-street lots and garages,” a statement from the Boston Transportation Department said.

The city is reminding drivers that cars parked in violation of any of the basic public safety regulations, such as, next to fire hydrants, within 20 feet of an intersection, in crosswalks or at handicap ramps, will be subject to towing. Visitors should also be careful to avoid parking in spaces reserved for residents.
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Traffic detours will be in place Saturday due to the New Year’s Eve parade and fireworks:

Boylston Street
Both sides, from Dalton Street to Charles Street, closed to traffic from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Charles Street
Both sides, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street, closed to traffic from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m..
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Temporary parking restrictions are in place from Thursday through Sunday at the following locations, where signs will be posted indicating that no stopping is allowed as these areas are tow zones:

Boylston Street
South side (Copley Square side), from Dartmouth Street to the Copley Square fountain.

Blagden Street
North side (Copley Square Library), near Dartmouth Street.
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Temporary parking restrictions will be in place Saturday at the following locations, where signs will be posted indicating that no stopping is allowed as these areas are tow zones:

Arlington Street
Both sides, from Beacon Street to Boylston Street

Atlantic Avenue
East side, from East India Row to Commercial Street
West side, from Commercial Wharf to Cross Street

Beacon Street
South side (Public Garden side), from Charles Street to Arlington Street
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 (excluding the area on Boylston Street requested above)
North side (Public Garden side), from Arlington Street to Charles Street
Both sides, from Charles Street to Tremont Street

Cambridge Street
Both sides, from Court Street to Sudbury Street

Central Street
Both sides, from Old Atlantic Avenue to the Dead End

Charles Street
West side (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
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Drivers are cautioned to pay attention to posted parking regulation signs over the next few days as further temporary restrictions may be posted to accommodate production vehicles and equipment, city officials said.

For more information on New Year's Eve celebrations in and around Boston, click here.

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