Parking in Boston

Parking in Boston costs more than the car itself - part 2, the 99%

The working wealthy in Boston buy themselves parking spaces, but how do most residents and visitors deal with the challenges of parking in a city built before cars?

In Boston, the only thing harder than a diamond is paakin’ ya caa. In part one of this story, we examined how some working-wealthy Boston residents deal with the challenge of city car ownership. Buying a space, then paying taxes on the ownership of the space, and also HOA fees to maintain the space, are just part of livin’ laaaj in Boston. Here’s how some other people manage parking in the Hub. (Which is short for Hub of the Universe, I kid you not)

Logan Airport
Those who have flown from Logan Airport during a school vacation week know that the airport does not have enough on-site parking to accommodate the number of travelers. Nothing is more fun than arriving at the airport on the way to Disney 2 hours early only to be turned away at the parking lot and told to follow the signs to the off-site lot, which is also the economy lot where you get to pay $18.00 per day. Then, unload all your car seats, strollers, bags and kiddies, and hop on the little bus that will take you all the way back to the same spot you were just at. Guess what? You’re not going to be at the ticket counter for a long time mom and dad. Those lucky enough to find a space in Central parking will pay about double the economy rate for the day. If you’re a frequent flyer and you don’t want to worry about it, Logan will help you join the Lexus Parking PASSport Gold program. After your initial joining fee of $200.00, the Commonwealth’s airport will allow you to have a reserved spot at the airport. Then you will pay $49.00 for day one and then the low, low rate of $32.00 per day. The best way around all this is to buy a Fisker Karma for about $125,000.00. If you do, you can park right up front next to the terminal doors in the reserved “clean air vehicle” spots that those able to afford electric toy supercars get to use. Chargers are available of course.

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