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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Muni Employees Might Have to Pay to Park ... Just Like the Rest of Us

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 6:35 PM

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Bitter transit riders who have been victims of service cuts and fare increases can take some comfort in knowing that Muni employees are now having to pay.

As of now, Muni employees get free parking at any of the estimated 1,000 parking slots Muni owns. Yet in perpetually bad budget times, there is only so much service the Municipal Transportation Agency can cut and still get people where they need to go.

That's why Muni has finally decided it's time to charge their own employees who drive to work. The agency is considering a new parking permit fee that is expected to raise as much as $1.3 million annually.

Naturally, this isn't going over well. At a MTA meeting Tuesday, board members were

supposed to vote on the new parking laws. But

seeing how upset some Muni workers were by the proposal, the board punted

the issue and went into closed session, where they could talk about it without getting verbally abused.

Even then, the board may or may not come to any final decision tonight, says Paul Rose, spokesman with the MTA.

"A number of employees have expressed concerns about it," he says.

They are concerned for good reason. Just like riders hate to shell out more money to ride buses and trains, MTA employees aren't happy about the possibility of paying $80 a month to park, which is what's being proposed. Any employee who doesn't have a permit and is parked on MTA property will get a $55 parking ticket.

Why aren't employees riding Muni anyway?

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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