On Friday, July 13, 2012, an issue #449575 was submitted to the City of
Boston that 3 cars were parked in an MBTA bus stop on Hancock St (stop
closest to Whittemore outbound). At 11am, the two cars shown in
the photo were parked there. At 7pm another car was parked behind
these two, the three cars fully blocking the bus stop to the corner.
On Monday, the City of Boston closed the case for reason: "No cars parked there."
According to Kathleen Rogers, Parking Enforcement
Supervisor, although the issue was opened on a Friday, the first opportunity the Transportation Dept had to send someone
to investigate was Monday morning. No cars were found.
At a recent MBTA community meeting at the Kroc Center, MBTA
representatives stated that drivers in Cambridge are encouraged to
report cars parked in bus stops. But according to Ms. Rogers,
"The MBTA does NOT report to Boston authorities when there is a car
parked in the bus stop."
How about the police officers who drive down Hancock St all day
long? "They can tag if they want." Otherwise cars are aloud
to sit in the bus stop all day? "Police can tag cars any time
they want - 24 hours a day."
But they didn't. Dorchester, in particular Uphams Corner, "feels"
neglected. If this were the Back Bay, who would put up with this
behavior? Not the police, not the bus drivers.
Call the Meter Maid Direct
"Ms. Rogers, how do we get the officials in the City of Boston to pay
attention to violations of the law in Dorchester?" She said her
department followed up on the case promptly as soon as they got
it. "When we got the complaint, we sent somebody by there
to check it out and there were no vehicles in the bus stop. That
is all we can do."
Not even mentioning that photos of the license plates were included
with the issue seemed to make a difference but she did have a
suggestion that, in her opinion, is our best bet. "If you ride by
and see them, you can call us, the Meter Maids, 617-635-2057. We can
send someone as soon as possible to try to take care of the situation."
Don't call 911 because parking violations are NOT a high priority for
the police. Parking violations are a higher priority for the
Meter Maids than for the Police. "Don't hesitate to call because
we are here almost 24x7. We don't work Saturday night and we
don't work Sunday."
But Ms. Roger's best comment was this. "There's only one girl in Dorchester but we can call and have her go by and check."
Dorchester neglected? Never!!