Apparently, Muni’s No Longer Underfunded: Mayor Wants To End Sunday Parking Meter Fees

A year after San Francisco began activating city parking meters on Sundays, Mayor Ed Lee said today that he wants to scrap the program.

Lee will formally announce his desire to abolish Sunday parking meter enforcement during his State of the City address on Friday morning.

“I was never a big fan of metering people on Sundays,” the mayor said.

He said the proposal came about as a way to bring in money for the Muni system, which was badly underfunded.

“We’re figuring our way out of that, so why not stop nickel-and-diming people on Sundays?” Lee said.

He noted that a city transportation task force has come up with some other revenue-generating plans, including asking voters to approve a transportation bond measure that would appear on the November ballot.

He said his office has gotten constant complaints about the Sunday metering since enforcement began on Jan. 27, 2013.

“It hasn’t stopped, it hasn’t ended since the day the city and Muni imposed it,” Lee said. “People are still not used to it.”

The change would have to be made by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors at a future hearing.

SFMTA board chairman Tom Nolan said in a statement, “Heeding the mayor’s call to make living in San Francisco more affordable, we support the effort to reduce the cost of parking.”

Nolan said, “We will also work with Mayor Lee to find ways to increase service and permanently fund programs like Free Muni for Youth.”

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • phuong

    Wasn’t the original reason for Sunday meter enforcement to encourage turnover in busy areas? It was never officially about funding Muni, but about getting people in and out in popular weekend neighborhoods.

    • tungwaiyip

      I don’t know what Nolan and Ed Lee are smoking. Sunday meter is a huge success. Parking are so much more available because people are no longer hogging parking space all day. They are thinking of scrapping clearly working policing to appease whiners? Why don’t stop stop nickel-and-diming people with MUNI fare instead?

      • sfparkripoff

        @tungwaiyip – how is this a huge success?

        • tungwaiyip

          How it is a huge success is explained in the second and third sentence of my message.

          Some angry people got too much time on their hand go to photograph the empty street scene your link LOL. SOMA is a wasteland on Sunday anyway.

          I find a lot of humor in it

          ” $.50 an hour on Brannan Street in the South of Market. . This is how you destroy the economic vitality of a vibrant neighborhood. ”

          What sort of business or job got killed because their customers can’t afford $.50 parking fee? I go to some SOMA restaurant and I bill is usually around $40. I think the restaurant will be offended if I leave a $.50 tips. Getting rid of non-customer who cannot afford $.50 probably help, not hurt business. Meanwhile the empty street scene is great for real customers like us because for once we can find easy parking in San Francisco.

      • Marc Roth

        Parking on Sundays was hella easy in 2011 and 2012. What are you smoking? I own a business on 5th and Howard and I’ve never heard a single complaint about parking on Sunday except “why the hell do I have to pay a meter on Sunday now?”

        • tungwaiyip

          Pretty everywhere except SOMA. North beach, Fillmore, Richmond, etc all get remarkably easier to park. SOMA never has a weekend parking problem because few people want to go there in the first place. Back when meter are free on Sunday, there are paid lot in Richmond and Fillmore and they get filled all the same. Cars form lines outside the lot whenever it gets busy. People are just happy to have a space at all. I don’t see them shun paid parking.

  • “Heeding the mayor’s call to make living in San Francisco more affordable, we support the effort to reduce the cost of parking.”

    And he was able to provide stats showing how many people are being forced out of the city by paying a couple bucks to park on Sundays, right?

  • sebra leaves

    Thank you Mr. Nolan for acknowledging that parking fees and fines are adding to the cost of living in San Francisco. Traffic is pretty tame on Sundays, and Muni reduces services on the weekends and holidays.

    • Bruce Halperin

      So I assume Mr. Nolan also would support making Muni free on Sundays? I didn’t think so.

      • wassaFOAMfinger

        Get out of here with your logic, no place for that here!

  • Bing Wu

    Sunday metering is a huge success precisely because it’s now possible to visit neighborhoods like the Richmond, Sunset or Polk St on Sunday and find parking. When there was no Sunday metering, many people in my neighborhood would park their cars from 6pm Saturday till 9am Monday morning. How is that good for merchants? Sunday metering isn’t about nickel and diming people, it’s about making parking available on the streets so people can come and do business. If you’re going to leave a vehicle that takes up 120 sq. ft. of scarce public space on the street, you should have to pay for it.

  • tungwaiyip

    Please sign the petition to support the very successful Sunday parking.

    Sunday Parking Helps Transit, Businesses, & Motorists

    Ask Ed Lee to read his own SFMTA report that proves it is successful.

  • Marc Roth

    Sunday meters keep me home. I’m sick of dealing with meters and parking lots and tow trucks and tickets all damn week long. If you want more of my business then give me one of the two days of the week that people aren’t fighting for parking to have some peace and calm. Get rid of Sunday meters. There is more than enough room for parking and this mystery fool that is going to squat on a spot for 36 hours? Really? If you have a car and you can bounce all over the place you’re not going to leave your car siting for 2 days. You’re going to get in it and go spend some money. I know 100% I will watch more movies, shop more, get more massages, etc… when I know that I don’t have to constantly stress about meters and tickets.