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Performance Parking pilot

Circle less and park easier in Boston's busiest neighborhoods.

Our Performance Parking initiative aims to set more parking spots aside for those trying to get to our busiest neighborhoods. We are studying how the City can use flexible meter rates to reduce the amount of time it takes to find a parking space.

We are testing two different pricing structures: one in the Back Bay, and the other in the Seaport.

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Seaport: Flexible Meter Pricing

Seaport pilot timeline

During the pilot period, we will put in place prices that vary by time of day and location. We will also change them every two months based on how often motorists use parking spots. We use the average percentage of spaces filled by drivers.

Meter pricing range

The meter prices may go up or down depending on how full the parking spaces are on certain blocks. The price will stabilize when the amount of drivers using spots reaches our occupancy target, which is about one space open per block. As of April 3, 2017, meter pricing can range from $1 to $2.

Map of Seaport pricing

Map of Seaport pricing

See a breakdown of pricing in the Seaport district by street.

Seaport rate table

Block Weekdays 8a-12p Weekdays 12p-4p Weekdays 4p-8p Saturday 8a-8p
A Street between Iron/Binford, E side, zone 116 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $1.50
A Street between Melcher/Necco, W side, zone 117 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00
A Street between Mt Washington/Sobin, W side, zone 119 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $1.50
A Street between Necco/Binford, W side, zone 118 $1.50 $1.50 $1.00 $1.00
Boston Wharf Rd between Congress/Seaport, E side, zone 92 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50
Boston Wharf Rd between Seaport/Congress, W side, zone 93 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50
Congress St between A St/West Service, S side, zone 990 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $1.50
Congress St between Boston Wrf/B St, S side, zone 89 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50
Congress St between Dorchester/A St, S side, zone 98 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00
Congress St between East Service/Boston, N side, zone 90 $1.50 $2.00 $2.00 $1.50
Congress St between Farnsworth/Sleeper, N side, zone 96 $2.00 $1.50 $1.50 $2.00
Congress St between Thompson Pl/Farnswor, N side, zone 953 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00
Congress St between Thompson Pl/Farnswor, N side, zone 954 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00
D Street between Cypher/Fargo, E side, zone 53 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00
D Street between Cypher/Fargo, E side, zone 951 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00
D Street between Fargo St/Cypher, W side, zone 51 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00
D Street between Summer St/Fargo, W side, zone 50 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00
East Service Rd between Congress/Seaport, E side, zone 87 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00
East Service Rd between Seaport/Congress, W side, zone 88 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00
Melcher St between A St/Summer, N side, zone 100 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00
Northern Av between Fan Pier/Courthouse, N side, zone 984 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00
Northern Av between Harbor Shore/Marina, N side, zone 181 $2.00 $2.00 $1.50 $1.50
Northern Av between Marina Pk/Fan Pier, N side, zone 182 $2.00 $2.00 $1.50 $1.50
Northern Av between Pier 4 Blvd/Harbor S, N side, zone 985 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50
Northern Av between Pier 4 Blvd/Harbor S, N side, zone 999 $1.50 $1.50 NA $1.50
Northern Av between Sleeper/Pier 4 Blvd, S side, zone 180 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50
Seaport Blvd between Boston Wharf/E Servi, S side, zone 178 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00
Seaport Blvd between Northern/Sleeper, N side, zone 179 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $1.50
Seaport Blvd between Sleeper/Thompson, S side, zone 175 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50 $1.50
Seaport Blvd between Thompson/Boston Whar, S side, zone 177 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00
Summer St between D St/Wtc, N side, zone 40 $1.50 $1.50 $1.00 $1.00
Summer St between Melcher/Bridge, S side, zone 103 $1.50 $1.50 $1.00 $1.00
Summer St between Melcher/West Side, N side, zone 102 $1.00 $1.00 $1.50 $1.00
Summer St between Melcher/West Side, S side, zone 101 $1.50 $1.50 $1.00 $1.00
Summer St between Summer St/Westside D, S side, zone 47 $1.00 $1.50 $1.00 $1.00
Summer St between Wtc Ave/Summer Bridg, N side, zone 42 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00
Summer St between Wtcenter/Dorchester, N side, zone 104 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $1.00
Summer St between Wtcenter/Dorchester, N side, zone 952 $2.00 $2.00 $1.50 $1.50

Seaport price breakdown

Rate Determination

The goal is to charge the lowest possible hourly rate that leaves on average one space open per block. That’s our goal occupancy. What does this mean? For blocks where it’s difficult to find a parking space, rates increase until at least one space is available on each block most of the day. On blocks with many open parking spaces, the rate will decrease until empty spaces start to fill up, or we reach our floor rate of $1 per hour.


Because blocks have different levels of congestion at different times of day, we price spaces at:

  • an 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. rate
  • a 12 - 4 p.m. rate
  • a 4 - 8 p.m. rate, and
  • an all-day Saturday rate.

These rates will appear on the meters, in the ParkBoston mobile app, and on the map linked below.

Seaport Prices

Prices began at $1.50 an hour on January 3, 2017, and will adjust every two months accordingly:

  • We add 50 cents for blocks with drivers using more than 80 percent of spots.
  • We subtract 50 cents for blocks with drivers using less than 60 percent of spots.

There will be a minimum price of $1 and a maximum price of $4 per hour. We will use sensors to analyze parking patterns and determine how many drivers are using each block in the pilot area.

Future Rate Adjustments

We will announce all Seaport rate adjustments at least seven days before they go into effect. We plan to make changes on the first Monday of the month in April, June, August, October, and December.

All rate adjustments will be posted on the map and table on this page. After a price change goes into effect, the rates will also appear on the meter and in the ParkBoston mobile app.

Back Bay: Increased Meter Pricing

Back Bay pilot phase

During the pilot period in the Back Bay, there will be an increase in meter price to $3.75 an hour during all meter hours. We will also step up enforcement of double parking, meter time limits, and illegal parking in commercial spaces to increase the availability of parking.

The meter price change went into effect January 3, 2017.

Back Bay map

How Performance Parking works

Making parking easier

Flexible meter rates have been shown to open up more parking spots in other cities who have used them. By raising meter rates in our most-congested areas, we can direct motorists to less busy streets to quickly find spots. We can also boost the use of public transportation and encourage motorists who intend to park for a long time to use off-street parking. 

Performance Parking graphic on spaces

We have information on neighborhoods affected by Performance Parking below: