Pilot Street Cleaning Program Implemented Permanently in Charlestown

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Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2016 9:13 pm

BOSTON, Mass. -- In cooperation with Charlestown, Mass., residents and elected officials, the city of Boston announced that a pilot Street Cleaning Program that has been underway in that neighborhood since July of 2015 will be implemented permanently effective immediately. Vehicles parked in violation of the posted Street Cleaning regulations on streets in Charlestown will no longer be towed but will be subject to an increased parking ticket fine of $90. The Street Cleaning parking ticket fine remains $40 in other Boston neighborhoods where vehicles may be towed and additional fees may be incurred for this infraction.

This amendment to the city’s Code of Ordinances was approved by the Boston City Council on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, allowing for a permanent change to the city’s Street Cleaning Program. The legislation also ensures that all Boston residents are provided the option of implementing the increased fine but no tow alternative for their respective neighborhoods as well.

Boston’s Street Cleaning Program is a joint effort of the Public Works Department that manages the undertaking and is responsible for cleaning the streets, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services that assists PWD with implementation and notification, and the Boston Transportation Department that encourages compliance with the regulation through the issuance of parking tickets.

"I’d like to thank Charlestown residents for their willingness to pilot this modified street cleaning program in their neighborhood," said Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca. "Thanks to their cooperation, the pilot has been successfully completed and we are pleased to be moving forward with these enforcement updates designed to help keep Charlestown’s streets clean."

Boston’s Public Works Commissioner Michael Dennehy added, "Clean streets are a top priority for City residents and the Public Works Department. To meet this objective, it is crucial that vehicles are parked in accordance with street cleaning regulations to allow our equipment to move along each street, sweeping as wide an area of pavement as possible. The pilot program proved successful in assisting with this effort."

The Charlestown pilot program was designed to determine if a change in parking enforcement strategy would lead to increased compliance with the street cleaning regulations by motor vehicle owners.

SOURCE: City of Boston

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