SFMTA SFPark & MUNI – Procedural questions
The Department of Public Works handles the public notification process for parklets throughout the city; the Planning Department handles the process for zoning changes.
For the parking items, Article 200 of the City’s Transportation Code governs what changes require public noticing, public hearings and SFMTA Board approval:
- San Francisco’s SFMTA (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency) oversees traffic, parking and transit systems for the city.
- In 1973 San Francisco devised a plan to prepare SF for major growth in population and business that has not occurred as anticipated, yet the SFMTA is moving forward as if it had.
- SFPark was created to control the anticipated onslaught of cars and drivers on the roads that would follow this huge growth of population.
- A Transit First policy was developed to encourage people to get out of their cars and use MUNI and other means of transportation.
- MUNI has not lived up to its promise of supporting all the neighborhoods with affordable, reliable, safe transit options.
- Instead of fixing MUNI problems, SFPark has embarked on a rapid expansion of parking meter installations in hopes of forcing people out of the cars and onto the MUNI. How does this fix MUNI?
- We felt the plan for our neighborhoods is flawed so we filed and appeal, and attempted to suggest alternatives. So far SFMTA has ignored us.
- SFMTA plans to continue with their parking meter program in Mission Bay and all the other residential neighborhoods in the city.
- They are coming at us one at the time.
- Many residents feel it is time to fight back and take back the streets.
- If you are one of those, join us now before they get to your street.
Jay Primus, Manager SFMTA’s SFPark prgram. “There have been bumps, and as one would expect, some backlash when the program has expanded into areas that currently don’t have meters. Encouragingly, the rollout has gone smoothly in areas that already have meters. Primus himself has said it is too soon to judge the effect of the program.”
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