Posted by John
on November 16, 2008
A taxi ride into the city may soon have a $13.85 sit-down fee
As if the bad news with the increase in parking costs at T stations wasn’t enough, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority has approved ludicrous toll increases across the board at booths surrounding Boston.
Let’s be ruthlessly mathematical about all this: Tolls are doubling at the Ted Williams Tunnel from $3.50 to $7.00, and to $9.00 for taxis. Along with the $2.60 sit-down fee, and $2.25 airport fee, we’re looking at $13.85 just to get out of the airport. At about 3 miles to downtown Boston, that comes to around $22.25. With gas prices dropping, it’s quickly becoming economical to drive through east boston (the long way) just to dodge the toll. Also, did we mention $22.25 to go 3 miles?
That’s just Logan. I-90 tolls are also increasing Continue reading…
Posted by John
on November 10, 2008
Alewife Parking Garage (photo from MBTA.com)
Today marks the last work week before parking prices at all MBTA stations increase by $2 per day. That’s cash of course, and good luck getting a receipt. Naturally, the transit authority doesn’t seem to think the change warrants any rider complaints, arguing to the Globe that compared to downtown parking, it’s still a bargain.
Now, far be it for management to consider that this difference in price might be the key reason that riders use the lots in the first place, but frankly that $2 hike has effectively swallowed the cost of a T-ride into the city. Also, if the Alewife lot was $30/day, I certainly wouldn’t have friends visiting from out of town parking on the outskirts. Needless to say, it’s not Continue reading…