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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  • Pontifikate

    You can bet that the confusion sown by constant announcements that the meters may go back to free on Sundays has brought in lots of money in tickets.

    • Matty J.

      If you aren’t smart enough to glance at a meter for two seconds to figure out whether or not you have to feed it, you deserve a parking ticket. Lots of them. It’s really, truly not that difficult.

      • Informage

        At least once a week I see people fumbling to put change in parking meters after 6:00pm, so no, not all people read directions.

  • http://mcdevzone.com/ mike3k

    Fuck. Do everything for drivers while ignoring public transit. I moved here specifically because I DON’T drive and wanted to live in a walkable city with usable public transit.

    • bi_right

      Walkable? We have hills here, my friend. Where did you think you were moving, Copenhagen?

      • rhymes_with_mofo

        Humans have been walking uphill for several millennia. True fact.

  • sfparkripoff

    @mike3k

    If the city needs money from Sunday parking meters so badly why did they just spend 4.5 Million Dollars to widen the sidewalks on Castro Street? The Millions of dollars that have been poured into wasteful street scape projects and congestion pricing schemes would have already built a world class transit system if the city had effective management.

    The latest figures from the city show that City Hall is already bringing in $247,349,190 A YEAR from parking tickets, traffic tickets, red light cameras, gas taxes, vehicle license fees, parking meters, and the many city-owned parking lots. And there’s the $84 million a year in sales taxes that the SFCTA rakes in to maintain city streets. Revenue from parking tickets alone is $88,889,809

    In 2003 – Proposition K generated roughly 2.5 BILLION(over a 30 year period) for “20 programs such as street resurfacing, signs and signals, traffic calming, and transit enhancements.

    In 2007 – Proposition A, another ballot measure generated ANOTHER $31 million
    in revenue.

    In 2011 – Proposition B the Road Repaving & Street Safety Bond generated another $248 million for pedestrian, bicycle, & transit projects.

    Public transit has not been ignored. Its time to demand accountability from City Hall and the SFMTA.

    • Matty J.

      Okay, you’ve gone and listed all the ways the city makes money, plus bagged one one project that was sorely needed in a neighborhood that has a massive amount of foot traffic.

      Was there a point in there somewhere?