BEVERLY — Commuters who arrive early at the train station looking for free parking spaces could soon be out of luck.
The city is planning to install meters at 112 parking spaces, most of them on streets near the depot where drivers now park for free.
Mayor Bill Scanlon said the money raised from the meters will help pay the city’s half-million-dollar share of the $25 million MBTA parking garage that is being built near the train station.
“We’re going to be paying for $500,000 worth of the garage project, so obviously we’re interested in the revenue,” Scanlon said.
The meters are part of the city’s plan to control parking and traffic in the area while the MBTA builds a 500-space parking garage. Construction began last month, forcing the MBTA to close its 86-space parking lot on Court Street, where the garage will be built.
Scanlon said the long-term meters will cost 25 cents per hour, so commuters can park for eight hours at a cost of $2, less than what it cost to park in the Court Street lot. He said the city will likely increase the cost of the parking meters once the garage is open to encourage commuters to use the new facility.
The garage, which will have 500 parking spaces, is scheduled to open in December 2013. An MBTA spokesman said Friday that the agency has not yet determined how much it will cost to park there. Daily parking rates at its various locations now range from $4 to $7 per day, according to the MBTA website.
Scanlon said commuters can also use the public parking lots near Cabot Street until the garage is built. Parking costs $1 per day at long-term meters in those lots, he said.
Scanlon said the city might provide a shuttle service between the municipal lots and the train station.