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Lawn ornaments no longer entitle Bostonians to parking spots

Lawn ornaments no longer entitle Bostonians to parking spots

| March 4, 2015

Christmas decorations, traffic cones, deck chairs, children’s outgrown toys and old appliances: Following record snowfall, Boston residents have been using whatever they can get their hands on to claim their shoveled-out parking spots while they’re not using them. The unofficial rule, as NPR reports, is “[W]hoever takes the time to dig out a parking space […]

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Boston transit chief resigns amid snowstorm-related strife

Boston transit chief resigns amid snowstorm-related strife

| February 17, 2015

Beverly Scott, general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, announced her resignation this week, reports the Boston Globe. Scott’s announcement comes as she and the MBTA have been battling criticism for their handling of recent weather emergencies, including the decision to suspend rail service due to snow conditions earlier this week, and the passenger-packed […]

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Q&A: Jonathan Corbin, founder of parking app Veer

Q&A: Jonathan Corbin, founder of parking app Veer

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Launched in December 2014, parking app Veer helps Boston drivers find the cheapest, closest parking space available. We talked with co-founder Jonathan Corbin about what sets Veer apart, how he first sourced parking garage information (spoiler: it involved a lot of walking!) and how technology is saving drivers time… and trips around the block. When […]

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How Amtrak is conquering the East Coast

How Amtrak is conquering the East Coast

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

‘Tis the season for travel. With the trifecta of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Americans are busy shuttling between the country’s major cities to visit friends and family — and trying to save time in the doing. Some interesting research from the University Transportation Research Center at CCNY show that train travel is outpacing […]

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Millennials leading the way in carless commuting

Millennials leading the way in carless commuting

| October 13, 2014

While baby boomers continue to drive to work en masse, recently released census data suggests that transportation-related change is afoot. Commuters, led by young workers, are moving towards carless transportation, opting increasingly for public transport and walking, reports the Brookings Institution. Census information from the 2013 American Community Survey points out the specifics: workers aged […]

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Post-Haystack Boston warms to parking apps

Post-Haystack Boston warms to parking apps

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

With the announcement last week that Boston would be partnering with TicketZen, an app that lets users pay parking tickets via barcode, the city showed mobile developers a friendly side absent when it kicked the Haystack app to the curb. Back then—just two months ago—the city forbade the startup from continuing operations. Debuting its app […]

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Apps point the way to higher prices for public parking

Apps point the way to higher prices for public parking

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Four apps — MonkeyParking, Sweetch, ParkModo, and Haystack — aiming to disrupt the parking industry may reach their goal, but in the public sector, not private. Each app allows drivers to advertise the metered spots at which they’re currently parked. Other motorists then bid for the spots to avoid having to look for parking, a […]

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How to fight parking tickets in the age of the app

How to fight parking tickets in the age of the app

| January 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last month, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), which oversees public transit for the Greater Boston area, mailed more than 27,000 notices to motorists for violations that stretched as far back as 2010. Typically, additional fees are tacked onto parking fines unpaid within the official window of time. If the ticket isn’t paid within 21 […]

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Boston woman wins bid for two parking spaces; pays $560,000

Boston woman wins bid for two parking spaces; pays $560,000

| June 24, 2013

In a city where a single-family home costs nearly $320,000, a Boston woman has bought two parking spaces for hundreds of thousands more. She bid an astonishing $560,000 for two parking spaces next to her multi-million dollar home where she already owns three parking spots. The parking spaces for two cars, one behind the other, […]

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