Parking restrictions eyed near Weymouth T stations

Ed Baker

T passengers better think twice before they park their cars on streets near the MBTA stations in Weymouth Landing and East Weymouth to avoid paying a $2 parking fee to utilize the commuter lots when train service begins next month.

The planning department is proposing a series of restrictions to limit parking on roadways near the T stations.Violators face a $15 for an infraction under the town’s ordinances.

“We want to make sure traffic moves smoothly, and to prevent people from parking on the side streets to avoid having to pay the parking fee,” Mayor David M. Madden said.

The planning department and safety engineer developed the proposed restrictions in response to concerns by neighbors about potential traffic difficulties caused by off street parking, he said.

“The areas of most concern for off street parking are those roads that are within walking distance to the train station,” Madden said.

The intended restrictions would limit drivers from parking two hours or more on both sides of the following roads near the Landing on Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-12 p.m.

Ledge Hill Road from Commercial Street to Gibbens Street; Commercial Street from Tremont Street to Washington Street on the east side of the road; Commercial Street from 35 feet south of Rabor Court to a point 250 feet northeast of Washington Street; Front Street from a point 100 feet south of Washington Street to Sterling Street; Front Street from a point 200 feet south of Washington Street to Broad Street; Elliot Street, Elmwood Place; Richmond Street from Washington Street to Bakers Avenue; Keith Street;Granite Street;Phillips Street; andGlines Avenue,

The restrictions additionally propose to prohibit parking on side of Gibbens Street from Commercial Street to Summit Street on weekdays from 7 a.m. until noon.

Traffic Engineer Georgy Bezkorovainy said parking restrictions would not be imposed on Keith Street, Granite Street, Phillips Street, and Glines Avenue unless commuters use park on these roads.

“We worked closely with the residents and businesses in the areas near the train stations to develop the proposed restrictions,” he said. “We felt that commuters would try parking close to the station and that is where the first no parking signs will go up.”

The planning department is proposing an outright parking ban on several streets near the East Weymouth Station.

Roads included in this restriction are; Commercial Street from Broad Street/ High Street to Wharf Street north; Commercial Street from Broad Street/High Street to Curtis Circle; Wharf Street North, from Commercial Street to north of the MBTA viaduct; Wharf Street from East Street to the adjacent railroad crossing; Wharf Street from East Street to Depot Street; and East Street from Commercial Street to a point 220 feet north of Summer Road,

Additional proposed parking restrictions forbid drivers from leaving their cars for two over two hours on weekday mornings between 7 a.m.-noon. on the following roads; Curtis Circle; Hawkins Street; Hawkins Court; Hill Street; Grant Street from Commercial Street to High Street;Off-Station Street from Station Street to Wharf Street; Depot Street; East Street from the MBTA track to a point 220 feet north of Sumner Road;East Street from Commercial Street to Wharf Street; Wharf Street from a point 100 feet north of the MBTA track to a point 400 feet north of the tracks; Commercial Street from Wharf Street North to Curtis Circle on the west side of the road.Weymouth Sewer Pump Station Driveway/Turnaround off of Wharf Street, (both sides)

All of the restrictions proposed require the approval of town council before the department of public works can install no parking signs. The town council’s ordinance committee is reviewing the proposed restrictions for legalities and will issue a recommendation to councilors when its evaluation is done.

- Weymouth News