• MarkB

    Unfortunately, since the citizen retains the freedom to choose WHICH 5 minutes of the day the car is used, that autonomy will remain an attractant.

    No one, it seems, wants to ‘subjugate’ their lives, even for a moment, to the schedules of mass transit. Selfishness to a fault.

  • Mike

    On public transportation: it costs (in some places) $10-$12 a day to commute in from the suburbs. $7 fro most T garages plus the $4 round trip on the T. Add to that limited parking spaces at said garages AND the fact that you can continue driving past the T to your destination and save lots of time. Why use public transportation in Boston? 4 out of 5 days a week I can find a free spot (top secret). IF I get a ticket, it’s still less than parking for the week.

  • Heidi

    fantastic idea…can we make it happen? I also think that having more cabs would help!

  • RichD

    Increase the number of parking lot spaces! This is not 1978 and emissions technology has improved substantially. That combined with smaller cars/engines means that we put less pollutants in the air. Time to open up more parking lot spaces and eliminate the stranglehold on high lot prices…oh..but then, the “in crowd” would lose their pricey monopoly on high lot prices.

    • Marc

      It’s not only about emissions, it’s also about congestion. We can’t build out way out of this problem with more streets and garages, that will only exacerbate the problem.

  • http://www.cryingwhileeating.com limbodog

    So, wait, you want to help the people who come into the city one night a month by reducing the cost of their night by $5, and punish the people who live and work here daily by increasing their monthly cost by $100? What kinda of evil bastard are you?

  • Bobby Newmark

    It sounds like the cap on private parking spaces is bogus and simple enables entrenched owners to price gouge customers. Like another commenter said, emissions technologies and standards have improved a lot since 1978.

  • DaveO

    The title of your article worked. I read it purely to gather ammunition to post a reply about how ridiculous this article was, but in the end I am not unconvinced. Extending the time on meters would really help out a lot too. I can’t help but feel like something would go disastrously wrong with this because, after all, this is Massachusetts. However, in theory at least, this sounds interesting.

  • veggiedude

    What will you do when no one wants to pay? Have you thought of that? Well you better, because you’ll be faced with this problem in ten to twenty years. This source of income will evaporate as driverless cars become adopted. So how can cities compensate for this? Raise taxes I suppose! Parking garages will become obsolete. Worst yet, traffic on the road will be ten fold because people will have their empty cars drive off, only to wander back later to pick them up. These are the apparent problems we face with driverless cars – and we need to start looking for solutions before it begins.