New rules for overtime parking would end ‘feeding’ the meter

New rules for overtime parking would end ‘feeding’ the meter

Remember the big brouhaha last May over proposed parking rules that would not allow you to park at the same meter, the same block or even the same city parking lot — twice in the same day?

Well the City Council’s Public Safety and Transportation committee will discuss a new version of proposed changes to the city’s overtime parking rules on Weds. Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. and they’re certainly less restrictive but no doubt will still upset some folks.

The new ordinance would prevent you from feeding (with coins or the app) a meter once your original time has expired and instead you would have to

Northland to present plan to finance four shuttle bus routes

Northland to present plan to finance four shuttle bus routes

The City Council’s Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at Newton City Hall to hear about Northland’s much-anticipated transportation plan for its project at Needham and Oak Streets. 

Northland is proposing a variety of traffic mitigation remedies, including limiting residential parking to one space per unit and funding new and improved bike and pedestian paths.

But the most significant part of the plan is a proposal to operate and fund a shuttle system that would be open to public use at

Parking and traffic: economics over engineering

Parking and traffic: economics over engineering

Republished from Newton City Coucilor Jake Auchincloss’ latest newsletter. We tend to think of traffic like a liquid: it requires a certain amount of volume to flow smoothly. Congestion, in this view, is the result of constrained volume. Widening roads should reduce congestion, because automobiles will flow through a wider aperture. This does not work. Widening roads does not

WCVB Covers Newton Parking Spat

While the TAB only touched on the parking issue, Channel 5 sent a reporter across the river from Needham. They went as far as Newton Centre and spoke to exactly one person: Councilor Jim Cote.  They apparently cribbed from a similar story by the Globe....

Did PS&T rush (and try to hush) new parking rules? Listen and decide

There’s been a lot of discussion on this thread here and this thread here about proposed changes to Newton’s overtime parking rules.

Here’s the minutes and the audio from the City Council’s March 23rd Public Safety and Transportation meeting* where this proposal was approved to be sent to the full city council for a vote. (Deliberation of the proposed parking rule changes came nearly two hours into the meeting)

After listening to it, I can’t help but get the impression that the discussion was rushed and the committee was tired and anxious to pass the proposal without a lot of debate. I’d be interested in hearing if others reach the same conclusion.

Particularly rushed is the deliberation over the proposal’s mos

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