Boston’s New Parking Card

Posted on November 22, 2011

timeexpiredHave you heard? That there will now be a new parking card for Boston parking meters? Of course it’s starting out as a trial…
HOWEVER, no more scrounging around for long lost coins under the car seats.

“Mayor Thomas M. Menino will introduce a parking debit card today to give drivers another option at 7,200 Boston meters that until now were coin-only.”

Designed to be swiped at the time of parking and again when leaving, so you will only have to pay for the amount of time spent parked in the spot. (YAY! No money goes to waste! The downfall, Boston still only allows two hour parking, so is it making that much of a difference?)

“The prepaid cards can be purchased at City Hall and the city’s tow lot or online in increments from $5 to $100. Unlike the MBTA’s CharlieCard, the Boston Meter Card will not be re-loadable from home, though officials said they hope to add that feature.”
Read the rest of the article here.

The question is….is this even worth the trouble, being that you have to move your car every two hours?
What are your thoughts Boston?

5 Responses to “Boston’s New Parking Card”

  1. I had heard about those… I wonder if they will do any good, paying for parking isn’t fun anyways, but this may make it easier for those interested in getting rid of their change and only keeping a handy card on-hand. This better not be one of those ideas that costs tax payers money, then gets recalled later… I remember one city that installed solar powered meters to save money, then later realized that their city never really got much sun, then they ended up selling those meters for a fraction of the cost later! Hopefully this idea was more thought out!

  2. Laureen
    Apr 18, 2012

    I think pay parking really is a problem. But we really cannot say no tho this. But i would think that it is better to give those card a hand rather than carrying all those coins for the parking. Any possible new idea to this pay parking fee on top of getting those cards at the City Hall?

    Laureen from tubage cheminée

  3. Matt
    Apr 18, 2012

    I never keep coins. Cards would be way better, but the problem with it being too easy means it’s easier to spend money. I’ve been doing an apartment search in the area, and with apartment prices, good luck trying to afford to pay for parking too!

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