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Alewife Parking Garage

Alewife opened on March 30, 1985. Originally only to be a temporary terminus during construction of the Arlington section of the Red Line, Alewife became the regular terminus when the further extension was canceled. The station is named after Alewife Brook, a nearby tributary of the Mystic River, which in turn is named after the alewife fish which inhabits the Mystic River system. Alewife features six pieces of public art which were built as part of the first stage of the Arts on the Line program.
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Alewife Parking Garage

Boston transportation planners expected to build an Inner Belt Expressway within the Route 128 corridor in the 1960s. MA Route 2 was designed with eight lanes to carry large volumes of radial traffic, east from Alewife Brook Parkway, through Cambridge and Somerville to the Inner Belt at the border of eastern Somerville and eastern Cambridge. When the Inner Belt was canceled, Route 2 became an overbuilt highway that terminated at what was little more than major city streets. When the westward extension of the Red Line was being designed, building a station near the end of Route 2 with a large parking garage seemed like a way to capitalize on the original Route 2 investment. Until the late 1960s, there was little near the site of the Alewife station besides a largely abandoned industrial park, a chemical factory and a protected wetlands. Following principles that came to be known as transit-oriented development, the City of Cambridge zoned the area immediately near the station for high rise buildings, leading to the construction of the three massive Rindge Towers in 1971. Over the next several decades, a mini-city developed with office and research and development buildings in addition to the high rise housing.
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Alewife Parking Garage

For a faster and convenient entry/exit to/from parking garages, the MBTA offers a Parking Tap Card free of charge. The Parking Tap Card can be pre-loaded with days, weeks, or months worth of parking value that you tap to activate the gates rather than take a ticket. The Tap Card can be obtained at the garage parking office located at most facilities at either the entrance or exit gates. You can also inquire from any garage attendant. Fill out this form to expedite the application process and bring it to your frequently used garage.
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Alewife Parking Garage

Providing safe and accessible parking in the vicinity of the rail stations on the MBTA commuter rail and rapid transit lines is essential to the success of the MBTA transit system. There are a total of 101 parking facilities (10 garages and 91 surface lots) with over 44,000 parking spaces in the MBTA’s parking system, making it one of the nation’s largest. MBTA transit riders can also find parking at numerous additional parking facilities located adjacent to MBTA stations but managed by municipalities, regional transit agencies, and other MBTA partners.
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Alewife Parking Garage

On September 18, 2008, two bike parking cages opened at the Alewife station. The cages can hold up to 150 bikes each. Previously, access to these cages required a free special Bike CharlieCard. Beginning in 2013, the MBTA allowed any CharlieCard to be registered for bike cage access. The cages are covered, enclosed with security fences, and watched by security cameras.
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Alewife Parking Garage

At Alewife, which has more than 2,700 spots, less than 5 percent of spaces are unoccupied on a daily basis, according to the T’s data. Construction that started two years ago has taken away about 35 spots until work is done this fall, according to Pesaturo.
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Alewife Parking Garage

A state law required planning the Red Line Extension so it could later be brought out to Route 128 to Lexington, via Arlington, along the route of the former Lexington and West Cambridge Railroad. The Red Line tracks extend past the station, under Route 2, and terminate in a small underground storage yard. Alewife Station was designed with a future extension of the Red Line to points north in mind, possibly using the MBTA’s Lexington Branch right-of-way.
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Alewife Parking Garage

I am at the Marriott in Burlington, so right down the street from the mall. I may go there, park and take the bus to Alewife and then in.
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I saw that availability table-yeah, I gathered it would be pretty hopeless. I am at the Marriott in Burlington, so right down the street from the mall. I may go there, park and take the bus to Alewife and then in.
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Klienfelder coordinated with MBTA parking services to develop construction staging plans limiting impacts on the commuter parking capacity and garage patrons.With the first phase of construction completed in 2007, Kleinfelder continues to meet with both the contractor and client during evening construction to perform site observation, discuss construction issues, and conduct project meetings towards the garage’s complete repair.
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But if the prices are higher, some commuters may change their behavior — car pool, or take the bus — to allow for more midday parking for others. Some transit agency parking lots automatically adjust the price of parking based on availability and time of day, he said.
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As of late January, the T owned nearly 49,600 parking spots across the state, compared to the nearly 1.3 million rides it provides on a typical weekday. While it is difficult to know exactly how many parking spaces are needed by commuters, it is clear to some of them that the demand outpaces supply at several stations.
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In 2012, the agency permanently closed the Quincy Center garage because of structural damage, taking away 863 spaces. The Braintree and Quincy Adams stations are the closest parking alternatives.
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Fran Paolucci, a longtime Red Line commuter, said she has been commuting from Braintree to downtown Boston for 20 years, but parking has recently become such a nightmare that she has to get there before 7 a.m to find a spot.

Published on Jul 18, 2017 | Under Garage | By michael ellis
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