On Friday, Mayor Menino announced the 2008 “Mayor’s Holiday Special”, which claims to include a number of holiday parking discounts in the Boston area. Among these are discounts at the Prudential Center Garage, the Faneuil Hall Market Place Garage at 75 State St, and at Copley Place. The site also references street parking as being “FREE on many weekends”, but then goes on to only cite Sundays as exempted street parking days (as they always have been). Most of these offers appear to be limited to 3 hours or less, but if you’re coming into the city to shop, they could be useful savings.
The mayor’s office has set up an official site for the Holiday Special including discounts on holiday shows, shopping, dining and hotels.
Really, removing the tolls on the turnpike for the holidays probably would do more to bring people into Boston than discounting garage stays, which only benefit businesses in the immediate vicinity of the garage rather than the whole city. But then, with the recently approved toll increases, I guess we’ll just have to keep that dream for another day.