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hello the cost of parking at a garage or hotel in boston seems high, can i street park overnight, does anyone know what the policy is in boston thanks.paul

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1. Re: parking

You can park overnight in any legal space, unless otherwise restricted. Watch out for "Resident Only" signs and be sure to move your car before either the meters kick-in (usually 9 AM, but sometimes earlier) and/or the two hour limit, which covers all of the Downtown Area during the day until 6PM usually. Check any meters where you park for specific hours.

In general, it's a real hastle that's not worth it, as nighttime garage parking rates are at their cheapest anyway. If you really want to save both money and aggravation, don't bring your car.

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2. Re: parking

I agree....

I'm a huge cheapskate, but the street spot idea is too much hassle. The "meter maids" are totally on the job and... how much of a bummer would it be if you got a huge ticket (or your window smashed if you chose a bad area for on-street parking) or whatever...

You'd be better off not bringing the car.

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3. Re: parking

Depends where & when you are talking about. Some areas have lots of free parking on Sun. so parking overnight late eve Sat to Sun wouldn't be a big deal.

During the week is a different story. If you park late evening & leave b4 8am you could be OK. Meter maids usually start @ 8am (that's when you usually have to start paying the meter too) and are on top of it. If you move to another meter it has to be on a diff street or they can & do still ticket you. So you can't just move say 3 meters up. Some of my co-workers play the meter game & it's a huge pain - sometimes they're gone for a looong time trying to find another open meter somewhere else..........

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4. Re: parking

Meters run 8am to 8pm (it used to be 6pm). You can park overnight at any meter, but be aware for signs that say No Ovenight Parking or Resident Parking Only. There are also some areas that have Resident Only parking from 6pm-8am.

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5. Re: parking

Hi,

If you are talking about parking overnight Saturday night into Sunday, it's a reasonable option, as meters are not in effect then.

However, if you are talking about a weekday, be careful. Most meters are on until 6pm, and some go as late as 8pm. Also, most start at 8am, and to be safe, you'd need to be out of the space probably by 7:50am. You technically cannot park in a two-hour metered space for more than two hours, so if you plan to feed the meter all day, you will probably get a ticket anyhow.

Having said that, I see that you are from Ottawa...is this your own car, or a rental? If it's your own car, maybe you could risk a ticket, because honestly I don't think the city of Boston will be chasing you down to pay it; there's not much they can do. If it's a rental car, you will be held liable.

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6. Re: parking

Heads-up on the overnight parking on some of the main streets, i.e., Mass Ave in Back Bay. At midnight they tow cars to make way for street cleaning. Not a fun party.

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