Newbury Street Traffic Advisory :: Sunday 8.5

Newbury Street Traffic Advisory
Sunday, August 5th

Open Newbury Street, the City's one-day car-free event, is to be held this Sunday. While Newbury Street from Massachusetts Avenue to Berkeley Street will be open to pedestrians, it will be closed to vehicles during the day. Here are the key points regarding parking and traffic. Please share them with any car-driving neighbors who might not otherwise receive them.

  • Newbury Street will be closed to all motor vehicles from Mass Ave to Berkeley Street on Sunday, August 7th, from 8 am to 6 pm.
  • Cars will be towed early Sunday morning, so no overnight parking should occur on these blocks of Newbury Street over August 6th-7th.
  • Exeter and Gloucester Streets between Comm Ave and Newbury Street, as well as Fairfield Street between Boylston and Newbury Streets, will also be closed to all vehicular traffic.  Barriers will go up in the morning as each block is cleared of all vehicles by tow trucks.
  • All other cross streets - Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth, and Hereford - will be open to vehicular traffic as usual.
  • Parked cars can remain on Exeter, Fairfield and Gloucester Streets near Newbury and can exit using the public alleys.
  • Residents will have access to public alleys behind their buildings and can access the alleys by either entering at any of the open cross streets (i.e., Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth and Hereford), or requesting access from detail officers at Comm Ave/Exeter Street or Comm Ave/Gloucester Street.
  • BPD detail officers will be in the area to assist with traffic navigation.

All other parking/traffic enforcement will operate as usual. If a non-resident car is parked in a resident-only space, residents can call the City at 311 so the vehicle can be removed.

Residents can also call 311 with any questions or for complete details of the traffic plan.

Since this is a pilot program, NABB wants to understand its impact on the residential community and the City wants the feedback.  A team of NABB volunteers will be out monitoring on Sunday.  Please email Don Carson at if you observe any impact that you think should be reported to the City - non-residents parking in resident spaces, cars with no HP designation parking in HP spaces, excessive traffic congestion, or anything else - and we will add your comments to those of our monitors.