Free Again: SFMTA Ends Brief Experiment With Sunday Parking Meter Enforcement

Sunday parking will be free again in most areas of San Francisco starting this weekend, according to the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency.

San Francisco enacted citywide parking meter operation on Sundays in 2013, but Mayor Ed Lee called a year later for the program to be scrapped to make it a little more affordable for families and residents to get around the city, spend time at parks and shop, according to city officials.

Lee said the city is aggressively pursuing funding for its transportation network, including a $500 million transportation bond on the November ballot that, if approved, will be invested in improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and drivers.

The SFMTA will still operate meters in the city on Sundays in some areas, including those under the jurisdiction of the Port of San Francisco and at Fisherman’s Wharf, as well as parking lots at Eighth and Ninth avenues at Clement Street, Geary Boulevard at 18th and 21st avenues, Eighth Avenue at Irving Street, the Pierce Street Garage near Lombard Street and Felton Street at San Bruno Avenue.

Parking meters around AT&T Park will also continue to operate on Sundays during special events, such as San Francisco Giants baseball games.

For the first three Sundays this month, parking control officers will place informational flyers on vehicles parked at expired meters where Sunday meters remain operational, according to the SFMTA.

Dennis Culver, Bay City News

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