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Monday, January 20, 2014

Transit Lovers Oppose Mayor Ed Lee's Move to Make Parking Free on Sunday Again

Posted By on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 8:27 AM

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Remember how pissed you were when the city decided to start charging drivers to park at meters on Sundays -- the one day of parking freedom?

Well, that's kinda how transit people feel about Mayor Ed Lee's recent call undo all that and let everyone enjoy free parking on Sundays again. The Transit Riders Union has started a petition opposing the Mayor's opposition to metered parking on Sundays.

According to the petition, giving drivers a financial break on the Sabbath means transit riders will be paying the price. Here's the letter explaining this logic:

We oppose your proposal to end charging at parking meters on Sundays. Transit riders shouldn't have to sacrifice - both in degraded service and in the wallet - so that motorists can get free parking.

Ending Sunday metering will hurt transit riders:

  • More motorists will be circling for parking and double parking, making Muni slower and less reliable

  • It will deprive Muni of critical funding, which could result in:

  • Less Muni service

  • More waiting and crowding

  • Higher fares

In addition, Sunday metering has been beneficial to both local businesses and motorists. An SFMTA study published in December 2013 indicated that after Sunday metering, drivers were able to find a parking spot twice as fast as before. In addition, parking turnover increase by at least 20 percent, helping more customers get to local businesses.

Mayor Lee: Support transit riders, local businesses, and motorists - continue the successful Sunday parking meters.

The goal was to gather 150 signatures, and as of this morning, 160 disgruntled transit riders have signed onto the petition.

It was just a year ago that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency started ticketing drivers who didn't plug the meters on Sundays. Drivers were livid and transit riders were thrilled. Then last week, during the Mayor's State of the City speech, Mayor Lee announced he wanted to do away with parking enforcement on Sundays and replace that revenue with money raised from increased vehicle license fees and a transportation bond on the November ballot.

So if you have thoroughly enjoyed shelling out more money the past year for parking, go ahead and sign the petition. On that note, you'll probably be delighted to know that drivers have to pay for parking today even though it's MLK Day.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

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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