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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

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

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

Malevolent Spiders Behind Parking Meter That Eats Your Money

Spiders may become your new best parking friends or worst ticket nightmare when it comes to metered parking in the city. No, our meter maids weren’t taken over by sci-fi arachnids hellbent on ruining the increasingly limited parking options in SF. As CBS5 reports, a malfunctioning meter possibly ruined by spiders is to blame for tickets being wrongfully issued to multiple motorists.

The only problem is, according to California state law those tickets are illegal.

SF has to pass a special ordinance and post signs to allow ticketing at broken meters. Nevertheless, tickets are still being issued to that meter, though proof has been provided to the SFMTA that even when fed, the meter indicates that time is up.

SFMTA Media Relations Manager and unofficial captain of obvious observations Paul Rose told CBS5 that “it looks like it’s operational sometimes and not operational others.”

The ticket appeal process usually takes multiple tries before the ticket itself will be dismissed, making for an even bigger hassle than say, taking Muni.