Muni Riders Appealing Mayorally-Decreed Abolition Of Sunday Parking Meter Enforcement

A group of public transportation users in San Francisco have appealed the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s decision to stop charging for Sunday parking meters.

The SFMTA board approved its new two-year budget last month and with it the directors decided to repeal its Sunday meter enforcement policy as of July 1.

The policy to charge for parking on Sundays went into effect January 2013, but only a year later San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee called for its repeal.

The transportation board took the mayor’s lead and decided to eliminate the policy, planning to return to six days of enforcement.

The San Francisco Transit Riders Union, an organization made up of Muni riders, claims the transit agency will lose $11 million in revenue by abolishing Sunday parking meters.

The group says the sudden change in policy will affect the Muni budget, increase congestion, put more pedestrians and cyclists in danger, and hurt local businesses and shoppers.

Union organizers said their group, along with the mayor and SFMTA leadership, supported an additional day of meter parking initially, and the policy was well researched and reviewed before implementation.

The riders union delivered a petition to the SFMTA Wednesday with more than 200 signatures from people who oppose the repeal.
SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said he couldn’t comment on the appeal, but confirmed that the board received the petition Wednesday afternoon.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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  • sebra leaves

    Somebody forgot to tell these folks the reason SFMTA cut a few million dollars out of Sunday parking charges is to entice the drivers to cough up a half a billion in November to pay for the TEP projects that many riders don’t want. They also expect the drivers to vote for higher vehicle license fees. So that 6 to 11 million dollars (depending on when you ask) they claim to be losing on Sundays is nothing.

    Somebody should also remind them that Muni provides limited service on Sundays, making it one of the most attractive days to drive.

  • Dark Soul

    I vote no for SFMTA Upcoming 1.5Bill Money Grab Poll
    After looking into the claimed service improvement , None were efforted

    for Parking Meter it was a good thing that it was removed to make easier for people to park and help improve business.