Mayor Walsh: Whoa, Boston parking prices won’t get that high

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has proposed increasing metered parking prices in downtown Boston.
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has proposed increasing metered parking prices in downtown Boston. –The Boston Globe

A day after saying metered parking in downtown Boston could get more expensive, Mayor Marty Walsh said it wouldn’t get that expensive.

Walsh on Thursday announced his administration is considering implementing so-called dynamic pricing on parking meters, with prices shifting based on demand in more congested parts of the city. A Friday morning Boston Herald article suggested costs could get as high as $7 per hour, based on a similar model in San Francisco that Walsh referenced in announcing the potential change.

Boston parking being the hot-button issue that it is, Walsh blasted a statement Friday morning. There is not yet a planned hourly price point for the program, he said, but $7 isn’t an option.

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“While San Francisco raised prices up to $7 an hour for their busiest areas, New York City has raised targeted meters up to $3.50 and Seattle up to $4,’’ Walsh said. “As we told the Boston Herald yesterday, just because we are looking at an idea adopted by other cities does not mean that we are buying their pricing model. This is a plan for a pilot program that we have only just started to explore to see if it works for Boston and $7 an hour has never been on the table.’’

Metered parking in Boston currently costs $1.25 per hour.

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