Parking fine increases are fine with me
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I am again encouraging people to ride the T. If the environmental benefits, economic value, and ease of use haven’t convinced you, try parking your car in Somerville these days. It has just become (and will continue to become) much more expensive to park out near where I work, very close to the Davis Square T stop. The city just installed new digital meters that cannot be thwarted by the old “folded up paper mechanism-jamming” technique, and the rates have doubled. Now if you want to park your car in Somerville, it’s going to cost you a quarter for every 15 minutes at a meter. And don’t even think about parking illegally or letting that meter expire, because parking officials are like hawks around here, circling their prey, watching meters expire and then promptly writing tickets. The prices for those tickets went up a couple of weeks ago, and some fines are set to increase again beginning August 12.
This spells bad news for anyone who commutes to work in the area and doesn’t have a permit. It’s especially bad for the servers who work in the restaurant I manage. They have to constantly run out to their cars to feed their meters over the course of a shift. Even then, one or more of them come in almost daily, brandishing a bright orange violation slip.
We have a fantastic mass transit system here. If you don’t believe me, try living in a city with no mass transit system like Cincinnati (my home town) where the buses run less frequently to fewer routes, and cost $1.50 if you want to go anywhere but downtown.
If you’re still not convinced, and you get a ticket, I have no sympathy. With enough planning and a willingness to get some excercise, anyone within reach of the T should be able to get wherever they need to go – without dealing with harsh parking regulations and fines.