The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board of Directors took action this morning to align the Authority's parking meter policies in South Boston with the City of Boston effective September 1, 2007. Boston allows free on-street meter parking on Sundays and holidays. Prior to the change in policy, motorists parking at Massport meters were required to make payment seven days per week with no exceptions for holidays.
"The inconsistencies of meter policies are confusing to the general public," said Massport CEO and Executive Director Thomas J. Kinton Jr. "There's been a tremendous investment in the South Boston waterfront and it's our responsibility to do our part to promote a welcoming atmosphere that invites visitors, business and our South Boston neighbors to enjoy this revitalized district." Massport offers approximately 115 metered parking spaces along Seaport Boulevard/Northern Avenue, Seaport Lane, D Street and Congress Street. The new policy states that meters shall be effective from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and that there shall be no charge for parking at Massport spaces with meters on Sundays; legal holidays as determined by the City of Boston; and days on which the Mayor of the City of Boston declares free parking at City-operated meters, usually on the Saturdays between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve.