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Town Of Brookline To Raise Parking Rates For The 1st Time In 8 Years


The Town of Brookline announces that increased parking rates will begin to go into affect in mid-March.

Rates are increasing to $2 per hour. 

On January 30, 2024, the Select Board voted to approve an increase in the Town’s parking meter rates, the first increase in over eight years. Rates were last increased in 2016 and, while scheduled to be increased in 2019/2020, were put on hold due to the pandemic.

Brookline’s current rate of $1.25 is significantly below standard parking meter rates in the surrounding area. Of the 2,288 meters in Brookline, 1,716 are currently set at $1.25 per hour, 135 meters are already set at $2 per hour, and 415 are set at $.75 per hour. The rate of $2 per hour aligns with the parking meter rates around the Town of Brookline, including adjacent neighborhoods such as Cleveland Circle, Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, and the Longwood Medical Area.

The Town estimates that the new rate will generate approximately $1.4 million in new revenue that can be used to replace the increasing number of meters that have reached their life expectancy and to further the Town’s sustainability goals.

The Town will roll out the new rate within the next few weeks. Parking meters in Brookline accept quarters, credit cards, and payments via the Passport Parking app.