City Councilors met last week for a presentation on the ongoing Newton Centre parking strategy. You can read the committee report and see the presentation here. And you can download the draft study here.
The report contains lots of data and analysis and suggestions (while stressing that “any ideas presented in this document will need further vetting before implementation.”) I recommend reading at least the executive summary on the draft study (and the chart on page 13), where you will find a proposal to eliminate all time limited meters but varying the cost per hour depending on desirable location and time spent in any given spot.
In addition the consultants are recommending against building a parking garage, saying there are 1,000-plus empty parking spaces available in the Newton Centre at the busiest times of day.
The consultants are looking for the public’s feedback here prior to Jan. 25.