harshaw wrote:There seems to be a decent up tick in ridership on the Worcester line. Parking lots are at capacity. Ashland is almost completely full where it used to have 100+ empty spaces. Yet sadly the MBTA rates have gone up 350% since the 90's while we only have had a small increase in the gas tax. The uptick in the summer is a bit odd, usually you see less people going to work in the summer. I should mention that the biggest crunch is usually monday - wednesday.
Garage parking prices in Boston have been steadily increasing in Boston. When I started working in Back Bay in 2011 the price for all day parking, if you parked before 8am, was between $10-$16. Now it starts at $18 and goes up to $26. Combined with higher gas prices and tolls inside of 128 on the Pike, driving has become a much more expensive proposition. Real estate inside 128 and to a lesser extent 495 is hot now too, and if you're a first time buyer or want to upgrade, it's very difficult to buy somewhere with a short commute unless you have very deep pockets.