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Somerville Gets Three-Day Visitor Parking Permits, Online Transactions

Residents will be able to buy and renew their parking permits online, according to the city.

Somerville residents can now get three-day visitor parking passes, and they can renew their parking permits and passes online, according to an announcement from the city of Somerville.

Perviously, residents could buy two-day parking permits for guests—those thick-paper placards that visitors put on their dashboards. Guests staying for more than two days, which isn't unheard of, risked getting a parking ticket.

The new three-day passes will cost $40 a year, and residents can still buy the normal two-day permits, which cost $10.

In a statement about the new visitor passes, Ward 7 Alderman Robert Trane said, "It's really the best of both worlds; those who really need the extra time can purchase the new three-day visitor [pass], while most people will just continue to utilize their two-day permits."

Residents can still buy extended visitor permits for guest staying for up to 30 days, which cost between $25 and $35, depending on how long the guest will be in Somerville.

In addition, Somerville residents can now purchase and renew their own parking permits online, the announcement says. No more waiting in line at the Traffic and Parking Office.

Residents can do so at www.parksomerville.com.

Courtney O'Keefe December 13, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I like the direction that T&P is going in with these expanded options!
AHM December 13, 2012 at 06:12 PM
This is so thoughtful of them. Now to see my son and grandchildren to visit for a week I have to pay $25. No wonder I have come to hate this city I once loved. What next, charge me to cross the street.
Jason December 14, 2012 at 02:03 AM
We paid eighty bucks for two resident permits and two via passes last year..I still feel ripped off. Expanded options just means a bigger menu to give us money.....
AHM December 14, 2012 at 02:28 AM
You were ripped off. You are paying to park on a PUBLIC street. What's wrong with that picture?
kevin thomas crowley December 15, 2012 at 05:19 PM
AHM, YOU ARE A DINOSAUER. YOU PROBABLY STILL BELIEVE IN THINGS LIKE PRIVACY. GET WITH IT, WILLYA? THE WHOLE TICKETING PROGRAM IS BASED ON ONE BASIC PRINCIPLE: HOSTILITY. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY I SHOULD PAY HAVE TO $40 DOLLARS TO HAVE A VISITOR STAY OVER FOR THREE DAYS. I JUST LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW AND THERE ARE 4 EMPTY SPACES FOR EVERY TAKEN SPACE. DOES PAYING THE 40 BUCKS LESSEN THE SUPPOSED PARKING PROBLEM? THE PASS SHOULD BE FREE.

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