Boston raises parking meter rates

Posted Jan. 08, 2011, at 12:48 p.m.

BOSTON — It’s about to get more expensive to park at meters in Boston.

City parking officials say starting this weekend some meters will be adjusted so that it costs $1.25 to park for an hour, rather than the current $1 per hour rate. That means a quarter will get you only 12 minutes, instead of 15 minutes.

Transportation Commissioner Thomas Timlin says it will take until the end of the month to make the change at all the city’s meters.

He says it’s the first meter rate hike since the mid-1980s.

More meters will start accepting credit cards for payment, as well.

The rate hike is expected to bring in about $3 million annually for the city.

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