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Friday, June 21, 2013

Get Ready to Pay More to Park and Ride Muni

Posted By on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM

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Now might be a good time to ask your boss for that raise.

Starting July 1, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority will increase its prices for parking violations and Muni monthly fares as a way to "keep up with rising costs" of doing business.

One of the most notable fare hikes is the Adult Muni monthly pass, which will increase by $2 from $64 to $66. Daily Muni parking fees will increase by $1, and annual Muni parking passes will go up to $109 from $104, according to the SFMTA.

Parking and traffic violation fines will increase as well. What that means is if you illegally park in a wheelchair accessible spot, you will be fined $274, which is $7 more than what you would pay now. If you have one of those days and decide to ditch your car on the highway, you will have to pay a $223 citation, which is $6 more than what you're shelling out right now.

The biggest fine increase will be in removing that big ugly, yellow boot off your wheel if you are defiant enough to keep ignoring those repeated parking citations on your windshield. Currently, you would have to pay $300, but after the changes, that fine will be $312.

And finally, a citation for parking in an expired meter in downtown will cost as much as $75 starting July 1.

Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni, told us that riders should have been expecting these fee hikes as a part of the agency's two-year budget plan. The increases are based on the Bay Area consumer price index and SFMTA labor costs. "These programmed adjustments keep fare increases incremental and predictable and our fees and fine increases on pace with costs," Rose says.

More than 32 percent of San Franciscans rely on public transportation, according to the SFTMA. Additionally, an average of 694,294 people use Muni as a form of transportation every week.

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