Mayor Wu today announced the city will continue its 48-hour post-storm grace period for saving parking spaces for the coming winter, except in the South End and Bay Village, where space saving is never allowed.
In the customary pre-winter press conference in front of a giant city salt pile on Frontage Road by the Expressway, the mayor also said Boston has awarded three-year contracts to two minority-owned businesses - A & M Home Services and Mass Trucking, both of Roxbury - to continue a pilot for plowing out city-owned stairways and sidewalks in certain areas. Should Boston actually get snow, the city will also deploy equipment to plow both roads and bike lanes.
Under city rules, the 48-hour space-saver period starts at the official end of a snow emergency, again, except in the South End and Bay Village, where people just shouldn't be using space savers at all.
Residents and businesses everywhere are also expected to shovel out their sidewalks and curb ramps within three hours after the end of storms - or three hours after sunrise, should a storm end overnight.