Pay & Display and Pay By Space Meters

Parking Meter Pay Station in Parking Lot #6

Multi-space pay stations have been installed in most City of Cambridge parking lots and on several streets in Harvard Square.

How to Use City of Cambridge Pay Stations

The two different types of pay station work in one of two modes "Pay & Display" or "Pay by Space". 

Pay & Display Station: After paying for parking at the pay station please return to your vehicle and place the pay station receipt face-up on your vehicle dashboard. The receipt shows the expiration time of your parking purchase. Parking Control Officers enforce maximum parking time limits by checking the receipt on your vehicle dashboard.

Pay by Space Station: Each parking space that is associated with these stations has a parking space number. When you park your vehicle please note the space number at which you parked. At the pay station, enter the space number and pay for the amount of time you wish to park. There is no need to return to your vehicle. Maximum time parking limits are enforced by Parking Control Officers with reports issued at the pay station, rather than the receipts on vehicle dashboards.

Customers can pay for parking at pay stations with credit or debit cards (Visa/ MasterCard) or U.S. Quarters. The instructions for how to pay for parking are displayed on the pay stations. When parking on streets or in parking lots with pay stations, you must move your vehicle from that street or lot prior to being there for the posted amount of time which is either two or four hours depending on location and time of day. If your vehicle is parked for longer than that posted maximum parking time limit, you are subject to receiving an overtime parking violation.

Pay Station Locations

Pay & Display Stations are located in the following locations

  • Central Square Bishop Allen Drive between Essex and Norfolk Streets - Lot 5 
    $1.25 per hour 8:00am - 6:00pm - 2 hour maximum 
    $2.00 per hour 6:00pm - 10:00pm - 4 hour maximum

  • Central Square Bishop Allen Drive between Douglass and Columbia Streets - Lot 6 
    $1.25 per hour 8:00am - 6:00pm - 4 hour maximum 
    $2.00 per hour 6:00pm - 10pm - 4 hour maximum
  • Pleasant and Green Streets - Lots 8 and 9 
    $1.25 per hour 8:00am - 6:00pm - 2 hour maximum 
    $2.00 per hour 6:00pm - 10:00pm - 4 hour maximum
  • Windsor Street at Cambridge Street - Lot 11
    $1.25 per hour 8:00am - 10:00pm - 2 hour maximum; 
    • Cambridge residents with Resident Parking Permits do not have to pay for parking after 6:00pm in this lot.
  • Springfield Street - Lot 14
    $1.25 per hour 8:00am - 6:00pm - 2 hour maximum
    $2.00 per hour 6:00pm - 10:00pm - 4 hour maximum

  • On Church, Plympton, and Linden Streets in Harvard Square 
    $1.25 per hour 8:00am - 8:00pm - 2 hour maximum 

Pay by Space Stations are located in the following locations:

  • Harvard Square - Lot 2
    $3 per hour 8:00am - 6:00pm - 2 hour maximum
    $3 per hour 6:00pm - 10:00pm - 4 hour maximum
  • Central Square Bishop Allen Drive between Essex and Norfolk Streets - Lot 4 
    $1.25 per hour 8:00am - 6:00pm - 2 hour maximum
    $2.00 per hour 6:00pm - 10:00pm - 4 hour maximum
  • Main Library Parking Garage - 449 Broadway
    $1.25 per hour 9:00am - 9:00pm - 2 hour maximum, Monday - Thursday.
    $1.25 per hour 9:00am - 5:00pm - 2 hour maximum, Friday - Saturday.

All rates are in effect Monday – Saturday except for holidays listed here.