Boston University has bought three on-campus streets from the city for $11.45 million. Their plan is to turn the roads into a "pedestrian mall" for now, although the university master plan uses some of the space to redevelop and expand science laboratory buildings along the roads.
Signs went up along the roads recently announcing the removal of all public parking on July 30th, which includes over 100 meters and unmetered space for about a dozen handicap-designated vehicles. The information on the signs informed people to call the University's Transportation Department, whose website also contains further information.
According to the FAQ on the website, their survey showed more meters vacant on Beacon St. and Bay State Rd. than total meters on the purchased streets on average. Of course, timing is everything. There's no way the survey was taken during a Red Sox home game, since every meter in all of the compared areas is taken those 81 days of the year. It's also doubtful that the survey was done during the semester either. It's also further doubtful that the survey would have found quite so many empty meters after 6 PM. However, BU's parking office would also like to remind everyone that they have many for-fee parking lots and garages available in the area.