On-street parking is designed for shorter stays. On-street parking is convenient but costs more than lots and garages. If you need to stay for a few hours or longer, park in one of the lots or garages. You’ll save money, not have to worry about getting a ticket, and avoid having to move your car.
Time limits & rates
All on-street meters have a four-hour time limit. The time limit is per block. That means you can’t feed the meter. You’ll have to move your car to a different block, or you’ll run the risk of getting a $25 ticket.
If you know you’re going to need to park for more than four hours, park in the Church Street West Lot or one of the garages. You can save money and not have to worry about getting a ticket.
There are three different hourly rates for the on-street meters:
- $1.50 on Federal, Lynde, and Church streets
- $0.75 through most of downtown
- $0.50 on Dodge, Lafayette, and Congress streets
Enforcement of on-street meters is 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Saturday.
All on-street meters in the $1.50 zone are smart meters. You can pay with coins or use a credit card. The meters have a wireless connection—your credit card information is not stored on the meter itself.
Watch a video on how they to use them:
Some on-street areas are designated for discount monthly parking passes. There are two zones:
- Zone 1 includes portions of Holyoke Square, Norman, Gedney, Summer, and Dodge streets.
- Zone 2 includes portions of Congress Street.
You must have a valid monthly pass to park in these on-street zones. This is a great value—only $25 for the month. Passes are valid Monday through Saturday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The pass does not guarantee a space is available in a specific location; however, there are over 150 spaces in the discount zones.