Boston Parking Restrictions to Start Before Game 6 - NECN

Boston Parking Restrictions to Start Before Game 6



    City officials also addressed security concerns as World Series returns to Fenway Park (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Boston) - The World Series will be won in Boston – and whether the hometown boys win it all, or the fans go home frustrated, city officials want to make sure it’s a safe event.

    "There’ll be extra bomb-sniffing dogs, there’ll be extra precautions, we’ve trained our officers to look for suspicious behavior, there’ll be undercover officers out there," Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said.

    Police say they have incorporated what they learned from the Boston Marathon bombings and they’re hopeful fans will continue to help them keep the city safe.

    "We’re asking the public to be our eyes and ears out there, we don’t want to tarnish the image of Boston Strong," Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Dan Linskey said. "If you’re celebrating the Red Sox, do so in a positive manner."

    There is a huge push for fans to take public transportation; in fact, the T and commuter rails will run later if needed, allowing fans attending the game to stay through the 9th inning and still catch a train.

    "We’re not going to stay open extra hours to get people who may want to stay in the city and celebrate, our closing time will be based on our regular time or based on some extended circumstances in the game," MBTA Transit Police Superintendent-in-Chief Joseph O'Connor said.

    Commissioner Davis says if you do drive, you will likely be stuck in your parking spot for a while.

    "They will not be able to leave immediately, so be prepared to wait for an hour, maybe two hours before they can leave the area because of the security precautions," said Commissioner Davis.

    And President Obama’s last minute visit to Faneuil Hall Wednesday has certainly complicated matters, but Mayor Tom Menino says the President likely won’t be watching the game.

    "He asked me if I had tickets, I said no," joked Menino.

    The Mayor says Obama is expected to be leaving town before the first pitch.

    "We’ve informed the White House that we have a baseball game tomorrow night that we don’t want him to be part of the problem with traffic moving in our city," Mayor Menino said.

    Parking regulations around the city go into effect at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Click here for a complete list of where to not park.

    The Mayor is encouraging businesses in the city to let their employees leave work about an hour early if possible to try to ease congestion in and out of the city.