How can we know which parking places accept 12 passenger vans like the Chevrolet Express and Ford E-350? Do they charge a higher rate for these vehicles? Thanks! - Lori
Susan's Reply: I have to admit that this question really stumped me. A van of this size is normally a commercial vehicle in Boston, and commercial vehicles are totally outside of my realm of knowledge. However, I was able to find 2 possibilities for you:
- The Arch Street Garage, located at 101 Arch Street in Boston's Downtown Crossing neighborhood near Boston Common lists an additional $5 charge for oversized vehicles - so that seems to imply that they accept them. However, the downside about this parking garage is that it is only open for public parking from 7am - 7pm Monday through Friday. The garage is operated by Pilgrim Parking. If these days/hours work for you, you should call them at 617-723-1488 to confirm the size of vehicles that they can accommodate.
Another possibility might be Landmark Center, in Boston's Fenway neighborhood not too far from Fenway Park. It has an outdoor lot as well as a garage. In general, you may have better luck with outdoor lots.
After checking a number of Boston parking garage websites for oversize vehicle parking information and not having any luck with finding any, I've concluded that the best way for you to discover which garages and lots will accept your vehicle is to call them directly and ask. Also, that way you can target parking in the parts of Boston that you're planning to visit.
Here are Boston Discovery Guide's pages about parking, where you'll find numerous garages and lots listed along with their phone numbers:
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