South Boston Waterfront Calendar of Events
Our monthly calendar includes area events expected to draw 1,000 to several thousand attendees and which may impact commuting (parking, traffic, transit) and area activity.
The April calendar of events will be posted by March 31st.
The City of Boston released the GoBoston 2030 plan on March 7th that outlines the Transportation Vision Plan.
Flexible Meter Pricing in the South Boston Waterfront
Mayor Walsh announced on December 1st a Performance Parking Pilot to test variable parking rates at parking meters in the South Boston Waterfront. The one-year pilot is intended to study the relationship between the cost of parking and the demand for parking. Starting on January 3, 2017 parking meter rates in the area adjusted according the average occupancy of the parking spot.
From the Boston Transportation Department:
“In the Seaport, the demand for on street parking changes throughout the day. For this reason, the parking pilot in the Seaport will employ parking meter sensors to adjust parking prices based on parking occupancy, and parking spot location. Prices will be re-set every two months, and will remain consistent in two-month increments. Prices will stabilize when occupancy reaches the target of 85 percent, about one space open per block.”
“On January 3, 2017 all meters in the Seaport pilot area will be priced at $1.50 an hour and adjust by 50 cents every two months. Approximately 591 metered spots will be adjusted over 40 blocks. High demand blocks will increase by 50 cents, while lower occupied blocks decrease by 50 cents. The minimum price will be $1 per hour, and the maximum price will be $4 per hour. Price will vary by four time bands (weekdays 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and all day Saturday). Prices will be posted on meters and available online.”
The goal of the pilot is to encourage turnover of high-demand metered parking spots. Studies in other cities have shown that more frequent turnover of parking spaces is beneficial to surrounding retail businesses. Additionally, studies have also shown that up to 30% of street traffic in cities can often be attributed to cars circling looking for parking. Increasing turnover of parking spaces can help increase opportunities to find a metered parking spot.
A portion of all revenue collected through the pilot will be reinvested locally in the areas in which it was collected. This is the first change to parking meter rates in the City of Boston since 2011.
Seaport TMA will monitor the impacts of the Performance parking Pilot and will deliver feedback from our members on the program to the City of Boston for evaluation. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.
There will be a minimum price of $1 and a maximum price of $4 per hour. City will use sensors to analyze parking patterns and determine how many drivers are using each block in the pilot area.
Imagine Boston 2030
Imagine Boston 2030, a city-led planning exercise aimed at developing the first citywide master plan in over 50 years, has release Expanding Opportunity, a draft plan of priority action areas and major initiatives informed by feedback from over a year of community engagement throughout Boston.
The plan identifies five action areas to strengthen neighborhood vitality and bolster Boston’s economy – enhancing the City’s neighborhoods, encouraging mixed-use job centers, expanding neighborhoods, creating a waterfront for future generations, and generating networks of opportunity. These action areas will help the city create the jobs and develop the housing necessary to keep pace with Boston’s growing population.
Of note for the South Boston Waterfront in the plan are recommendations to encourage mixed-use growth in the 100 Acres section of the Fort Point neighborhood, to expand water transportation options throughout the inner Harbor, and an extension of the Fairmount rail corridor to the waterfront.
The final Imagine Boston Plan is scheduled to be released in 2017.
MassCommute Bicycle Challenge
The 2017 MassCommute Bicycle Challenge will be held from May 13th – 21st, the same weekend as Bay State Bike Week. Last year, Seaport TMA members Digital Lumens and Elkus Manfredi Architects who won their company size categories this year (second year in a row for Elkus Manfredi, third year in a row for Digital Lumens!).
Massachusetts residents and employees rode a grand total of 156,285 Miles last year!
The annual Bike Bash celebration for MCBC participants will take place on May 31, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm at Flat Top Johnny’s in Kendall Square.
You can see photos from MCBC over the years on their Facebook page here.
SailBoston is taking place June 17-22. Over 20 tall ships will dock in Boston for 5 days. Events will include daily viewing opportunities, fireworks and a parade. Ships are tentatively scheduled to be docked at Fish Pier, WTC Commonwealth Pier, and Pier 5.
Visit Sailboston.com for more information.
Seaport TMA will be coordinating with SailBoston officials and local public safety agencies as parking, traffic, and crowd control plans are put in place.
Reebok moves to the Innovation and Design Building
Shoe company Reebok will move next fall (2017) to the Innovation and Design Building. Read more about the move in the Boston Globe article.
General Electric Headquarters moves to South Boston Waterfront
Seaport TMA staff attended community meeting on August 17th. The PowerPoint from their meeting is posted on the BRA website here.
The next public meeting with the BRA will be on September 7 from 6PM – 7PM in the Fort Point Room at 280 Congress Street. The following meeting is on September 21, timing and location TBD.
South Boston Waterfront
South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan
The South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan is being conducted in order to define and prioritize transportation system investments needed over the next two decades due to the rapid pace of development in the area. The study was completed in January 2015 and the plan is in the implementation phase.
In August 2015, a progress report was released by the South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan Committee detailing short-term improvements to the transportation network in the district. You can read the progress report here. A map depicting recent transportation improvements can also be found here.
Details on The Plan and the Seaport TMA’s involvement can be found on our Resources page here.
MBTA Night Bus
MBTA fare changes
New fares for local bus, rapid transit, commuter rail, commuter ferry and THE RIDE became effective on Friday, July 1, 2016, along with an expanded transfer policy and increased Student Pass availability. See below for new core fares.
Not all fares have increased
Cash fares on local buses were reduced from $2.10 to $2.00.
New Transfer Policy
CharlieCard users who ride a local bus ($1.70 fare) are now charged an additional 55¢ (total fare=$2.25) when transferring to rapid transit and may then transfer for free to a local bus. CharlieCard users may transfer from a local bus to rapid transit to a local bus for the price of one rapid transit trip.
Core Fare Changes:
The approximately $43 million in new revenue expected in fiscal year 2017 from the system wide fare increase will be dedicated to making capital investments that will deliver short-term service improvements to our customers.
You can learn about the fare increase changes agreed upon after several public meetings here.
For complete information on fare changes, please visit mbta.com
Commuter rail schedule changes
The MBTA will put in place various schedule changes going into effect May 23, 2016. You can learn more about the schedule initiative and see a comparison of current and proposed schedules for each line here.
(Note: There are no planned schedule changes for the Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth or Middleborough/Lakeville Lines).
You can find a more detailed slideshow presentation on this schedule initiative, the proposed changes for each line, and supporting data here.
Park & Pedal seeks to make bicycle commuting more accessible
Park & Pedal is a free network of parking lot hubs conveniently located bicycling distance from employment destinations in Boston, allowing commuters to park their cars in designated areas, and bike the rest of the way to work.
Parking in these hubs removes the distance barrier for some commuters who may like to bike but live too far from work. It also helps those driving to avoid urban congestion by parking outside the urban core and biking the rest of the way to into the city.
Park & Pedal locations include Medford, Revere, Newton, Watertown, Brighton, West Roxbury, Dorchester, and Roxbury. You can view locations on a map here.
Rejjee: A bicycle registration program
Rejjee is a web site and mobile application which provides individuals a place to register their personal property – such as bicycles – and report it when it is lost or stolen.
In the event of theft of a bicycle or other personal property, users can report it from their mobile devices, and have the report viewable by all local and state law enforcement, pawn shops, bike shops, and online shoppers. This prevents bicycles and other personal property from theft and resale.
New Rejjee users can create an account on their web site here, as well as download the mobile application for iOS and Android.
Bridj commuter bus service
Bridj is your everyday transportation system that adapts in real time to where you live, work, and play.
The transit provider offers bus service to the South Boston Waterfront. You can see a map of the Bridj service area here. Bridj routes are not fixed and continue to adapt based on demand. Bridj continues to study data to identify direct shuttle routes based on where commuters work and live.
You can sign up on Bridj’s website with your zip code and email to be notified if a route is developed from your home neighborhood.
For more info, visit Bridj’s web site, or download Bridj’s mobile app available for Android and iOS to plan your trip and purchase tickets.