Extended Parking Meter Hours Study Debated

Posted Sunday November 08, 2009 by Jolynne

On October 20, the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board heard an introductory presentation of the SFMTA’s Extended Parking Meter Hours Study, commissioned by the SFMTA Board last spring during their budget deliberations, in which Muni service was cut and fares were raised while parking rates remained essentially untouched. When the Board of Supervisors threatened to veto the budget, the SFMTA Board called for a study of parking meter hours.

At the following Tuesday’s SFMTA Board meeting, about 50 people spoke for and against the study’s recommendations to extend meter hours in several well-defined commercial corridors. While understandably controversial, it’s an ultimately essential move towards making Muni a reliable and convenient transportation option, reducing the danger of traffic “cruising” for parking for the sake of safer walking, and rebalancing the inequitable state of encouraging cheap driving in a city with a bold commitment for sustainable streets.

Walk San Francisco will continue to work with transit and bicycle advocates to properly balance SF’s transportation revenue options. Read Walk San Francisco’s letter to the SFMTA Board and send your own note of encouragement to them at MTABoard@sfmta.com.  To learn more, please listen to this interview with UCLA Planning Professor Dr. Donald Shoup.