Mayor Walsh said this morning that city officials are looking to base how much motorists pay at a meter based on where and when they're parking.
In a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Walsh said these "flexible rates" could dramatically reduce the time motorists spend searching for spaces - which they would do by driving off those unwilling or unable to pay peak rates.
The potential for demand-based parking rates is made possible by the "smart" meters Walsh announced in March the city was buying, at a cost of $6 million. In addition to allowing centrally managed fee changes - at the time, officials said they were loving the idea of charging more for spaces around Fenway Park during Sox games - the new meters will let motorists pay by credit card and could let software developers build find-the-space mobile applications.
Also in his speech, Walsh said some parking enforcement officers will start using data from Waze, which collects traffic data from users, to head to intersections and streets plagued by box-blocking road hogs and double parkers.