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Last updated: 3/15/19

Pick-up and drop-off pilot for passenger cars

The pilot program in the Fenway dedicates curb space for pick-ups and drop-offs for all passenger vehicles, including rideshare vehicles like Uber and Lyft.

Our pilot zone is in the Fenway, on the northside of Boylston Street near Kilmarnock Street. We've created spots for pick-up and drop-off activity in an effort to:

  1. ease congestion
  2. improve safety, and
  3. make it easier for drivers and passengers to find each other.

We are also hoping to make our limited curb space more efficient. We want to make sure people can safely access our curbs and sidewalks. The City will learn from this pilot to assess and determine whether we're meeting our objectives.

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Pilot zone location

The pilot is taking place in the Fenway, on the northside of Boylston Street near Kilmarnock Street.

There are two sets of spaces, with a total of four spaces to be used for pickups and drop offs. The first set of two spaces is located on Boylston Street, directly to the west of Kilmarnock Street.  The second set of two spaces on Boylston Street is located two parking meters down from the taxi stand, to the east of Kilmarnock Street.

Pickup and dropoff locations in the Fenway

How the program works

There are two main components:
  1. The City installed signs to show that from 5 p.m. - 8 a.m., the spaces are for pick-up and drop-off activity only, and that drivers must stay in their vehicles.
  2. Uber and Lyft will geofence the northside blocks immediately to the west and east of Kilmarnock Street. They will direct passengers in their respective apps to the pick-up and drop-off zones from 5 p.m. - 8 a.m.
Geofenced zones

The blocks highlighted in green below should be geofenced. At most, passengers may travel up to a block to use the zones.

Dropoff and pickup geofenced locations in the Fenway
Who can use pick-up and drop-off zones

From 5 p.m. - 8 a.m., anyone can use the spaces for pickups and drop offs. Outside of those hours, the spaces will be metered parking. Drivers must abide by all other posted regulations and signs.

How we will enforce the pilot

Tickets may be issued to vehicles that are parked in the zone instead of being stopped for a pickup or drop off. Any tickets the City issues will be for parking while the zone is in effect. While the zone is in effect, the maximum time limit for pickups and drop offs is five minutes, and the driver must stay with the vehicle. Violations carry a $90 fine.