BTD waited until 5 p.m. to announce you could have parked for free in metered spots today because the service it uses for the ParkBoston app (which lets you pay via your phone, rather than via a credit card or quarters) relies on Amazon Web Services, which went down this morning.
And with no way to accommodate e-payers, the city stopped parking ticket enforcement as well.
But don't count on free parking on Wednesday:
Note: Ticketing is only suspended for unpaid meter violations this evening. All other violations will be enforced. Please plan to pay at the meter with a card or coin tomorrow as we resume normal ticketing operations.
The Amazon Web Services outage also crashed the WebEx service the Zoning Board of Appeals uses to conduct hearings. A couple of hours after they were scheduled to begin, the board changed the teaser on the city YouTube channel that had been urging viewers to please stand by to read the hearings had been called off and would be rescheduled.
The hearings ranged from minor - a resident of Hancock Street wanted to build a one-car driveway - all the way up to a proposal for a 22-story residential building on the site of a former nightclub at 150 Kneeland St. in Chinatown.
Also affected: The Bluebikes bike-rental network, which reported:
Our software was impacted by the AWS outage and users may see some delays and errors in trying to rent bikes. We apologize for the inconvenience, if you experience an error, please wait a moment and try again.