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MGH/Boston parking madness

Between Charles/MGH and the West End BPL, I passed an odd parking lots with cars on platforms above other cars. At first I thought of some car sales lot, because it made me think of car transport trucks, but I eventually guessed and confirmed that it was a valet parking lot. If your car is on a lift and you want to get out, the valet moves the car underneath, lowers your car, and off you go. Cost unknown, I was told it was hospital only, I'm guessing for employees.

It's right next to a huge six story garage, which itself is right next to *another* huge six story garage, both for "patients and visitors only". These do have prices. For patients, $9 for the first hour, then scaling up a bit to $14/day. For "visitors"/"public" (do they have a way of confirming you're visiting a patient?) it's $12/hour, capping at $48/day.

The city meters on the exact same block are Boston's usual $1.25/hour, 2 hour max. Almost exactly 1/10th the price.

I say "MGH" in the subject, but I assume the garage prices are vaguely in line with supply and demand, combined with some deliberate subsidy for patients (priced to mean "we'd prefer you not drive at all, but if you must then we recognize you probably need to and aren't going anywhere for a while") and a lack of choice relative to e.g. Chinatown garages (when you have to go to the hospital you have to go... though if you're a visitor, you do have choices of the T or taxis.) I think they're a bit higher than e.g. Chinatown prices but not hugely so.

But the meter price? Goddamn.

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