parking_meters.jpgA San Francisco supervisor on Tuesday asked for a hearing on a Municipal Transportation Agency proposal to expand parking meters into various neighborhoods in the city.

The SFMTA is currently conducting outreach in the northeastern part of the Mission District, the first neighborhood that could potentially be affected by the expansion.

In the coming months, the outreach will be extended to residents and business owners in the Potrero Hill, Dogpatch and western South of Market neighborhoods, which are also being eyed as locations for more meters, agency officials said.

Supervisor Mark Farrell said he has “serious concerns” about the expansion idea, and said he has heard concerns from residents in his district, which includes the Marina and Pacific Heights, that parking meters may be installed there as well.

Farrell called for a hearing on the project at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, saying “every potentially affected neighborhood deserves a chance” to speak.

The supervisor said the hearing will focus on the SFMTA’s policy rationale for the expansion, the revenues the agency expects to generate from the new meters and any possible expansions into other neighborhoods.

He said the hearing will take place in the coming months to give SFMTA officials adequate time to prepare all of the data necessary to answer his questions.

SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said the agency is not considering putting more parking meters in other neighborhoods besides the ones where outreach is already planned.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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