Boston parking ticket fines are going up on July 2 for numerous violations, including parking in resident parking without being a resident, not paying a meter and being parked at a meter past the time limit. The good news is that some of the money collected will fund bike and pedestrian connections from the Roxbury-Fenway Connector linking the Southwest Corridor and the Emerald Necklace. Along with 11 parking tickets going up in price, the city will no longer tow vehicles parking in violation of posted overnight street cleaning programs where it begins at or after midnight and ends no later than 7 am. But those vehicles will be given a $90 parking ticket. “Parking regulations are a crucial component of urban transportation systems and abiding by them helps considerably to keep streets safe, functioning and equitable,” said Boston Transportation Department Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca via press release.
Jamaica Plain and Roxbury residents will have three opportunities this week at pop-ups to provide feedback to the city about the JP/Rox Transportation Action Plan. The JP/Rox Transportation Action Plan will guide future development and improvements along the corridor of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. The plan area encompasses Forest Hills, Egleston Square and Jackson Square, generally bounded by Washington Street, Columbus Avenue and Amory Street. Boston Transportation Department personnel will be on hand at the pop-ups to hear residents' suggestions about routes, challenges and their vision for the area. The Boston Transportation Department has created an interactive map in which users can add routes and points of concerns for accessibility, pedestrian access, bicyclist safety, transit rider issues, vehicle issues and more. Click here to see the interactive map. The comment period for the interactive map closes on June 15th.
The Boston Transportation Department is hosting a Jamaica Plain Community Planning Workshop on Saturday, Sept. 23rd, at 10 am at the Connolly Branch Library (433 Centre St.) to discuss the upcoming expansion of Boston’s public bike share system. A second workshop will be held on Thursday, November 9th, at 6 pm, at the BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center (30 South St.). Residents are encouraged to attend the workshops and help BTD to determine potential locations for new bike share stations in their neighborhood. Over the next two years, more than 70 new bike share stations will be added in neighborhoods throughout Boston.
As if JP didn't have enough changing traffic patterns to digest, starting Tuesday the new signals at Burroughs and Centre went live. Business people gathered for Wednesday's JP Business & Professional Association said they noticed the lights were fully operational on Tuesday. The intersection, at the heart of JP's Centre/South district, has buttons for pedestrians to activate the lights. The signals are on poles rising out of the sidewalk and don't hang over the middle of the street. Jamaica Plain News watched pedestrians navigate the new setup Wednesday midday.
The city is making progress on adding a traffic signal at Burroughs and Centre streets. The construction is expected to be completed this fall or winter, according to the Boston Transportation Department. The intersection, at the heart of JP's Centre/South district, will have buttons for pedestrians to activate the lights. The signals will be on poles rising out of the sidewalk and will not hang over the middle of the street, according to Transportation Department plans. The impetus for the new lights came from a neighborhood request, according to Tracey Ganiatsos, spokesperson for the city department.