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Old 03-10-2012, 11:28 PM
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My family is possibly moving to Boston area later this year - and we are looking at Newton and Wellesley as possibilities.

How is parking availability at the Newton commuter rail stops at around 8:30 to 9:30 am? I've seen the capacity numbers on the MBTA website - but that doesn't tell me whether the lots fill up and if so, by what time.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:27 PM
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830-930 is pretty late to be competing for parking for the commuter rail but it since Newton is close in to town maybe that is a standard time for Newton-ites?

Wellesley Hills only has 50 spaces and those are always full, I cannot comment on the other Wellesley stops.

Newtonville is just metered spaces on the street, quite a few of them, but they are the cheapest and fill up quickly. Auburndale only has 35 spaces and those are gone early. You will have better luck at West Newton which DH has never had a problem parking at to catch the 7:46, but again, by 8:30 it will probably be full.

One advantage Newton has (for the moment, see MBTA posturing to reduce transit availability) is that there are so many ways to commute. You can do commuter rail, green line, or express bus to most places you'd want to go. This may also have the effect of creating more parking at the commuter rail stops by spreading the commuters out amidst different services. Additionally Newton is only about a 10 minute drive from Boston, so many commuters may drive.
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