Parking meter rates going up in Harvard, Kendall squares
Drivers will pay more to park at meters in Harvard and Kendall squares starting next week.
It currently costs 25 cents to park for 30 minutes. A quarter would buy drivers only 15 minutes under the new meter rates, which are comparable to meter fees in Boston.
City transportation officials are hoping to discourage drivers from parking at meters all day to allow more patrons to visit the business and shopping districts in Harvard and Kendall squares.
“The reality is it comes to $1 per hour for parking and I think in terms of people coming to Harvard Square to park, it’s not unreasonable, especially with what the T now charges,” said Denise Jillson, executive director of Harvard Square Business Association.
Jillson said some Harvard Square business owners came forward last fall to complain to city officials that people working in Harvard Square were taking all the parking spaces and feeding the meters all day.
“My biggest concern is whether people will have enough quarters in their pockets,” said Jillson.
The city’s traffic officials, who couldn’t immediately be reached for comment, advise residents to start carrying more quarters as of April 7. It’s expected to take city workers several weeks to manually reprogram all the meters.
City officials are also warning residents to remember to read the posted parking signs in the two squares before putting change in meters. Jillson said business owners are hoping the changes will provide more parking for those who come to shop and dine in Harvard Square. Said Jillson, “It remains to be seen what will happen and whether we’ll see the type of turnover we’d like to see.”
The new meter rates
25 cents = 15 minutes
50 cents = 30 minutes
75 cents = 45 minutes
$1 = 1 hour
$2 = 2 hours