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Boston councilors warm to higher parking fines

–David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Mayor Martin J. Walsh probably won’t have much trouble getting the Boston City Council to approve his plan to raise parking fines.

Most of the council members have told the Globe they will approve the fine increase, or are supportive of the idea but have not yet studied the specifics. The mayor wants to increase fines for certain infractions, some more than double current rates, to raise $5 million for several new transportation initiatives.

The Walsh administration expects to use the money for street improvements, bicycle paths, and additional staff to work with the MBTA on dedicated bus lanes, and with ride-hail companies on designated pickup and drop-off spots. Among the proposed changes are higher penalties for double parking, to $75 in some neighborhoods and $55 in others, and charging $40 for an expired meter.