Tickets down, parking meter revenue up in Boston

Credit the app, if you like.

The ParkBoston app. George Kennedy

Boston’s parking meter violations are down compared to last year, and the city is projected to post its highest meter revenue since 2012, The Boston Globe reports.

The Globe credits the change to the city’s ParkBoston app and upgraded meters that allow for credit card payments. The app debuted for parking meters in certain Back Bay parking spots in early 2015 before expanding citywide.

Overall parking meter revenue is set to hit $15.5 million in the 2016 fiscal year, up from under $14 million during the last cycle (The 2015 fiscal year saw the lowest overall collections of the last five years, due in part to last winter’s epic snowfall).


According to the Globe, nearly $3.4 million has been collected through the app in the current fiscal year, up from under $1 million in the 2015 fiscal year, when fewer spaces were outfitted.

Similar patterns have been seen in other cities that made it easier to pay for parking. Meter revenue increased in MinneapolisAlbany, New York, and Omaha, Nebraska, for instance, when they allowed for credit card payments.

As for the dip in ticketing? Alas: Denver saw the same initial trend after installing meters equipped for credit cards, but within a year citations were back up, according to the Denver Post.

Read more about Boston’s findings at the Globe.


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