• Boylston Strong: Parking meters fees waived in Back Bay to encourage commerce


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) – Parking meters on Boylston Street, as well as throughout the entire Back Bay, will be free Wednesday through Sunday in an effort to encourage consumers to come back to the area and get involved in the recovery effort.

    Boston Mayor Tom Menino made the announcement Wednesday. Menino hopes the free meters will be an incentive for all to come back to Boylston Street to enjoy its restaurants and shops.

    "Boston is strong and we will support Boylston Strong all weekend long," Mayor Menino said. "As of today, these businesses that have been off limits since Marathon Monday are open and are looking forward to receiving and serving their customers once again."

    The meters in question are located on all Back Bay streets between Arlington Street and Massachusetts Avenue, as well as those parking meters adjacent to the Public Garden.

    Traffic was allowed to flow all the way down Boylston Street on Wednesday morning for the first time since two explosions on April 15 killed three spectators and sent more than 260 to the hospital.

    Delivery trucks made their way down the street under a heavy police presence.

    Workers at some businesses and hotels in the area were allowed to return to their jobs on Tuesday to prepare for reopening.

    Some stores directly affected by the blasts are still boarded up.

    The Copley subway station that had been closed since the bombings also reopened, while the main branch of the Boston Public Library was also scheduled to reopen Wednesday.

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