Boston officials have escalated their rhetoric opposing a new mobile app that lets drivers trade public parking spaces for cash, but they are not doing anything to stop the service.
On Tuesday, Mayor Martin J. Walsh accused Haystack, the Baltimore startup that makes an app with the same name, of artificially inflating parking prices and giving some drivers an unfair advantage over others.
The city’s Transportation Department “will take appropriate measures to prohibit any such app,” Walsh said in a statement.
The mayor’s sharp tone is still short of the cease-and-desist letter the City of San Francisco sent to the makers of similar parking apps in June. San Francisco threatened fines and two companies, MonkeyParking and ParkModo, quickly abandoned operations there.
A Walsh spokeswoman declined to describe the “appropriate measures” the city is considering, but said “all options are on the table at this time.”
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