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Somerville to offer 3-day visitor parking

Posted by Jarret Bencks  December 12, 2012 10:10 AM

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Somerville is letting visitors hang around a little longer.

The city has begun offering a three-day visitor parking pass for residents at a price of $40 per year, according to an announcement from the city. Somerville currently allows each household to purchase up to two two-day visitor parking passes for $25 per year.

"We feel it's an option that some residents will want, and we believe we can afford to provide it without straining the available parking supply," said Acting Traffic and Parking Director Matthew Dias in a statement.

The three-day visitor passes can be purchased by new residents or by current residents when they are due to renew their parking permit, a city spokesperson said. The pass allows visitors to park permitted streets for up to three days per week.

In addition to the longer-stay visitor pass, residential permits can now be purchased online through the city's website at at parksomerville.com, the announcement said.

Both additions are part of an effort to improve customer service in the city's traffic and parking division, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said.

"I hope these improvements will continue to make residents' and visitor interactions with our parking services easier and more efficient," he said in a statement.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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