Employees, Visitors Frustrated With Fenway Game-Time Parking Restrictions

Fenway Park, Boston MA

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Parking restrictions around Fenway Park are becoming a major source of frustration for some visitors and employees of nearby businesses.

Most parking meters in the nearby area are off-limits -- with signs on the street that read, "no stopping during Red Sox games, 4 hours before, and 2 hours after."

"I park so far lately I walk about 15-20 minutes just to get here," Joseph from Charlestown, who works in the area, said.

Paul, a Boston resident who also works nearby, said he received a $90 ticket for parking his car on the street.

"Give us a break -- you want to charge me 90 dollars to park my car -- where am I supposed to park?" he said. "You have to play musical parking spots -- it's insane."

The Boston Transportation Department said the game-time parking restrictions are in place for emergency vehicles to be able to get through the streets when they are flooded with fans.

Officials also encourage game spectators and employees in the area to use the MBTA instead of driving -- but some say that is not an ideal option.

"The orange line is the worst -- its the worst," one worker said.

Some residents who live near the park have even started charging people for a space in their residential parking lots so they can avoid getting a ticket.

"The city [has] got[ten] a lot of backlash -- they just keep building tall buildings," A.K., who lives near Kenmore, said.

WBZ's Matt Shearer (@MattWBZ) reports.

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