City of Boston Traffic Advisory: Traffic & Parking Information for College Students and Other New Residents

Students and others moving into Boston over Labor Day Weekend should be aware that temporary traffic and parking restrictions will be implemented in busy residential areas around the city to help facilitate a smooth move day for new residents.  Temporary traffic changes and detours will be instituted as necessary by the Boston Police Department and the Boston Transportation Department will be implementing the following temporary parking restrictions.  Please plan accordingly.

Northeastern University Area – Tow Zone No Parking, August 25 through September 1

  • Forsyth Street, both sides, from Huntington Avenue to Hemenway Street
  • Hemenway Street, odd side, from Forsyth Institute parking lot (near Fencourt Road) to Westland Avenue
  • Opera Place, both sides, from Huntington Avenue to Saint Stephen Street
  • Saint Stephen Street, both sides, from Gainsborough Street to Opera Place

Northeastern University Area – Tow Zone No Parking, Monday, September 1

  • Gainsborough Street, both sides, from Huntington Avenue to Hemenway Street
  • Symphony Road, both sides, from Saint Stephens Street to Hemenway Street
  • Westland Avenue, both sides, from Hemenway Street to Massachusetts Avenue
  • Hemenway Street, even side, from the Forsyth Institute parking lot (near Fencourt Road) to Westland Avenue
  • Saint Stephen Street, both sides, from Gainsborough Street to Massachusetts

Mission Hill Neighborhood – Monday, September 1

  • Bucknam Street, odd side, Lawn Street to Fisher Avenue
  • Calumet Street, both sides, from Darling Street to Hillside Street
  • Darling Street, even side, from Calumet Street to Hillside Street
  • Eldora Street, even side, from Sunset Street to Hillside Street
  • Hillside Street, north side, from Parker Hill Avenue to Parker Street
  • Judge Street, west side, Parker Hill Avenue to Iroquis Street
  • Lawn Street, north side, from Estrey Street to Bucknam Street
  • Mission Street, east side, from Stockwell Street to Huntington Avenue
  • Oswald Street, west side, from Calumet Street to Hillside Street
  • Parker Hill Avenue, west side, from Huntington Avenue to Hillside Street
  • Pequot Street, odd side, from Wait Street to Calumet Street
  • Pontiac Street, west side, from Tremont Street to Hillside Street
  • Sachem Street, west side, from Hillside Street to Calumet Street
  • Saint Alphonsus Street, both sides, from Alleghany Street to Calumet Street
  • Stockwell Street, odd side, from Wait Street to Frawley Street
  • Sunset Street, even side, from Parker Hill Avenue to Hillside Street
  • Wait Street, odd side, from Huntington Avenue to Hillside Street

Boston University Area – Tow Zone No Stopping, 8 AM to 10 PM, August 28 through September 2

  • Pratt Street, even side, from Linden Street to Ashford Street
  • Ashford Street, even side, from Linden Street to Malvern Street
  • Gardner Street, even side, from Linden Street to Malvern Street
  • Linden Street, even side, from Gardner Street to Pratt Street
  • Highgate Street, even side, from Cambridge Street to Farrington Avenue
  • Farrington Avenue, both sides, from #16 Farrington Avenue to #15 Farrington Avenue

 

Resident Permit Parking Program

The Boston Transportation Department discourages students moving temporarily to Boston for the academic year from bringing their personal vehicles with them to the city. On-street parking is scarce, but Boston is fortunate to be easily accessible by public transportation via the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (please see www.mbta.com for service information.)

If you must bring your car to Boston it is important to know that a City of Boston Resident Parking Permit is required for on-street parking on many streets in the city’s neighborhoods.  A vehicle parked in a Resident Parking Only zone without properly displaying a Resident Parking Permit is subject to a $40.00 parking ticket, and it should be noted that these Resident Parking Only regulations are strictly enforced.  Although the permits are free of charge, among other requirements, the vehicle must be registered and principally garaged to the applicant’s Boston address before a permit will be issued.  No exceptions are made for students.

Please see www.cityofboston.gov/Parking/residentparking/students.asp for detailed information.

Street Occupancy Permits for Moving Purposes

Students moving into off-campus housing should be aware that they may need a Street Occupancy Permit for moving purposes, particularly if their move requires parking a large vehicle in a legal parking space in close proximity to their new address. This permit, which must be obtained at least three business days prior to the move day, authorizes the holder to restrict access to that portion of the street for the length of time specified on the permit.

It is important to note that the permit must be obtained in person at Boston City Hall.  Application hours are Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5 PM, excluding holidays.  The base fee is $50.00 with an additional fee of $1.00 per square foot based on the size of the truck and the space needed to load/unload.  For occupancy of metered spaces there is also a charge of $20.00 per meter head per day and the applicant must provide the corresponding numbers for any meter heads at that location.  In addition, cardboard City of Boston No Parking signs must be posted to designate the restricted area.  A $4.00 per sign fee is charged.  It is the responsibility of the permit holder to post these signs a minimum of 48 hours in advance of occupancy in a residential area.

Please see www.cityofboston.gov/StreetOccupancy/ for detailed information.