REVERE (CBS) – One by one, workers removed the parking meter kiosks, just months after the Department of Conservation and Recreation set them up along Revere Beach.
The I-Team discovered what many residents called an unfair process, saying the state’s decision to charge for parking during the pandemic lacked transparency and gave little notice to the community which has been hit hard by COVID.
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Anger over DCR’s paid parking program sparked protests and a few days after our I-Team investigation, DCR agreed to cede some parking spaces to residents.
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But the outrage and our investigation continued. Just a few weeks ago, lawmakers stepped in and passed a bill requiring the DCR to get approval from the city or town council before charging for parking on national roads.
The bill, which Gov. Charlie Baker attempted without vetoing, went into effect immediately and prevented the state from continuing to charge for parking.
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DCR said it was a planned seasonal withdrawal and has nothing to do with the legislation, which DCR says it continues to review.