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Framingham to reconsider longtime 2-hour parking restriction

Posted September 8, 2008 08:16 AM

For several decades, it's been forbidden in Framingham to park on any street in town for more than two hours, unless otherwise noted.

But is the ban more of a nuisance than a help? The town has hired consultants to do a $50,000 study of the question, which should be completed by the end of the year. The Board of Selectmen will also hold a public hearing on Sept. 23 to seek input on the matter.

The public is being asked to provide feedback on the ban at the meeting, which is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. in the Ablondi Room of the Memorial Building at 150 Concord Street. At the meeting, the board will also consider whether to enforce the two-hour limit between now and the end of the year when the parking study is completed.

Anyone who cannot attend the meeting but would like to offer an opinion is being encouraged to do so by letter or by e-mail. The town's mailing address is 150 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702.

-- Tanya Perez-Brennan

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2 comments so far...
  1. It seems like the ban is only selectively enforced now. You can park in certain areas for as long as you want, but in other areas they are very strict. It makes sense around the college or on narrow, but busy streets downtown, it doesn't make sense in many of the north of town where the streets are wide and have very little traffic.

    Posted by homer September 9, 08 11:45 AM
  1. I got a ticket for this, with our car parked in front of our house as has been the standard practice in my family for three generations. The only thing I could discern that was unusual or different about that day, compared to a zillion others, was that [1] the Town had just appointed a new policewoman to the job of parking enforcement, and [2] my house is directly behind the police station, so that this new officerrette was walking by on her way to her first day on that job. It hasn't happened [before or] since. So I was all steamed up to appeal the ticket, or whatever it is you do (this is Massachusetts: there is always some kind of appeal process available). Then I discovered that my wife, who is a Vermont girl, had already gone and paid it. Then I discovered that the Registry had reversed the two interior digits of the license plate so that it showed up nowhere on anyone's computer. So the ticket would have gone into the Twilight Zone anyhow. It just goes to show, doesn't it?

    Posted by J. H. McCann August 1, 09 11:18 AM
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