Commute to campus comes at a higher cost for students after Muni and parking price increases

By Daniel Rivera : goldengatexpress – excerpt

The commute to SF State became more expensive today, with the price for a single ride on Muni increasing to $2.25. The surge in cost follows the introduction of a $1 increase on daily parking passes on campus July 1.

“I don’t like it,” said SF State student Coel James, who rides public transportation three times a week. “If I’m paying more, there should be more buses.”

San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) boosted the price of monthly passes, including the Adult “A” Fast Pass, from $76 to $80, and the “M” Fast Pass, from $66 to $68, to match the single ride increase. The fare for a Lifeline monthly pass, a discounted pass for limited-income residents, rose from $33 to $34 as well…

Along with the Muni fee hikes came a rise in the SF State daily parking permit fee from $6 to $7, which took effect over summer and was the first increase of its kind in two years… (more)

Paul McCartney Fans Stuck in Traffic Start Petition to Get Refund for Missed Show

By : sfweekly – excerpt

Paul McCartney fans who missed the last concert at Candlestick Park earlier this month due to a parking fiasco that created a two-hour traffic jam are now demanding a refund from whoever is responsible for wasting their time and money.

Thousands of ticket holders missed the Aug. 14 concert, which many are attributing to poor parking plans on behalf of the event promoter. Afterward, those fans asked for refunds to which Another Planet Entertainment has politely said “no.”

But the irate fans aren’t letting this one go: They’ve launched a Change.org petition demanding they get every penny back that they shelled out for the high-priced tickets. The petition is addressed to Mayor Ed Lee, Gregg Perloff, Another Planet Entertainment, and Ed Reiskin, SFMTA, Director of Transportation:…

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr had been quoted in media reports partially blaming the fans for the traffic jam, saying they hadn’t researched the parking layout before heading out to Candlestick Park. Of course, there were also a few accidents and stalled cars on Highway 101, which didn’t help…

Taking a page from the SFMTA playbook, authorities blame the drivers for the traffic jam. Fans don’t buy it and demand refunds. Muni riders didn’t have it much better. They were also given bad directions.

There is no excuse for not being able to manage parking at Candlestick after decades of parking cars in the lot.

OPINION: Daily commuters should get discounted campus parking permits

By Madison Rutherford : goldengatexpress – excerpt

It’s hard enough to roll out of bed to make an 8 a.m. class. For the 88 percent of SF State students who live off campus, the struggle is even more real. Many students must rely on the questionably steadfast steeds known as Muni and BART. For some, it’s a traffic-ridden car commute across the bridge. But this semester, being a student at a “commuter school” is about to get a lot more difficult.

Drivers will also be impacted because daily on-campus parking rates have increased from $6 to $7. In 2010, it only cost $5 a day to park at school.

The impending hike in parking rates and Muni fares will make it even more difficult than before to get to and from SF State. Among ever-increasing rent, tuition, health fees and overpriced books the least of a student’s worries should be affording their morning commute…

SF State faculty are given heavily discounted parking passes. Why aren’t students given the same liberties?

Daily commuters should get discounted parking permits like faculty do. We work just as hard to be here. We should be commended, not punished. If SF State is a commuter school, why doesn’t it cater to commuters?… (more)

Too many parking tickets in SF

By David Hegarty : sfbg – excerpt

OPINION San Francisco made $87 million in parking citation revenue in 2012; roughly double what the city made off actual paid parking meter revenue.

Let that sink in for a minute.

It’s become so hard to park a car in San Francisco that its citizens are paying almost $281,500 a day simply to park, and then they’re cited for doing it wrong.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency should be responsible to the people — to create and maintain clean, orderly streets and transit systems that work for the people who use them.

The responsibility of the SFMTA is not to incentivize government agents to write more tickets and make citizens a passive revenue stream because it’s convenient. Parking citations, in their current form, do not support an ethical citizen-focused approach by the city to parking law and violations.

The simple fact that revenue gained for parking citations is roughly double that of legal, paid parking meter revenue shows an inherent flaw in the system. If it is easier for the city to make money by writing citations, why would it change its systems to create more revenue through meters or alternative means such as license fees or permitting, even if it significantly benefitted citizens of San Francisco? It makes more financial sense to incent its relatively small fleet of parking authority officers to write more tickets…

Conflicting rules and regulations between systems are also a common issue in San Francisco — often signs will contradict themselves or other SFMTA systems, with no clear indication of which rules precede the others. Meters are inconsistent with other regulatory systems in use, permanent parking restriction signs are sometimes missing, hidden, or poorly maintained, and temporary restrictions are often inaccurate — creating grossly unfair conditions for people parking, and incorrectly written tickets by parking enforcement officers…

Ethical parking law would be a clear, mutually fair system which benefits citizens of San Francisco, creates revenue for the city through legal, noncriminal means, and enables a parking environment where citizens can easily follow the rules. Parking law should be optimized for clean, orderly streets and transit programs that are profitable and reliable — instead of convenient revenue.

There must be another way to achieve SFMTA budget requirements than to make the people this government agency should be serving into unintentional criminals.

David Hegarty is the founder of Fixed (www.getfixed.me), a company that helps customers contest parking tickets… (more)

No Refunds For Paul McCartney Fans Who Were Stuck In Traffic, Missed Show At Candlestick

KPIX – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — The promoter of last week’s Paul McCartney concert at Candlestick Park confirmed to KPIX 5 on Monday that they will not be offering refunds to ticketholders who missed the show due to traffic.

About 2,000 of the nearly 49,000 people who had tickets to the final event at the stadium never made it, because of what has been called a horrendous parking situation that had backed up traffic for hours.

Last week, Another Planet Entertainment said it would consider refunds on a case by case basis. When KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch contacted the company on behalf of several consumers, the promoter made it clear that as a general rule, it is not giving refunds.

The promoter has been criticized for not having a parking plan in place.

Many of the concertgoers who attended also dealt with long delays leaving Candlestick Park, in some cases up to two hours, following the show… (more)

A lot of pissed off fans will never come to San Francisco again unless they have to. Great way to treat visitors.

 

S.F. parking fee plan for disabled goes nowhere

By Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross : sfgate – excerpt

Convinced there’s widespread abuse of disabled parking placards, San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency passed a series of recommendations to crack down on the problem – only to have them deep-sixed by the city’s own lawmakers in Sacramento…

One idea was to start charging the placard holders for parking, something that a number of cities already do. The transportation agency said there should then be subsidies for low-income placard parkers.

The locals, however, needed approval from the state Legislature… (more)

Thanks to efforts made by Assembley memebers Ammiano, Yee, and Hernanadez, and San Francisco’s FDR Democratic Club, and Disability Rights California, this is a dead issue for now.

SFMTA doesn’t know when to quit attacking people. Now they have raised the ire of placard holders. The best way to kill the plan to charge placard-holders is to Vote No on A and B and Yes on L.

Traffic nightmare at McCartney Candlestick show

sfgate – excerpt

Here’s an understatement: Traffic to and from the Paul McCartney farewell show at Candlestick Park on Thursday night was awful.

Some ticket holders have even reported missing the show altogether due to the gridlock. One of our reporters on the scene, Peter Hartlaub, said it took him more than three and a half hours to get from Oakland to the show. And it’s clear from Twitter (see below) that traffic afterward wasn’t any better, with some concertgoers saying that cars didn’t move for an hour and a half…

Zarine Batliwalla, a 61-year-old real estate agent based in Hillsborough, was one of those who missed the show. She and a friend drove from the Peninsula, leaving around 6 p.m., but it took them three hours to get near Candlestick. Once there, she said, it took them more than two hours just to get outside of the parking lot.

The lines to get into the parking lot, she said, were five cars deep. At around 11 p.m., they saw cars leaving the show — and they decided to do the same themselves… (more)

San Francisco tourism just took a dive. These fans will never come for another concert. Some demand refunds.

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Traffic keeps some fans out of Paul McCartney concert
Thursday night’s final concert at Candlestick Park drew thousands of fans, but left other Paul McCartney fans out in the cold.
Petaluma’s Jennifer Cass spent $800 for four tickets to the Candlestick Park-closing show. She also spent seven hours in traffic with her siblings, viewing a sea of brake lights and disabled vehicles blocking lanes of Highway 101. They never got to see the show.
The concert is billed as the “Out There Tour,” but Cass had a different name for it. “It’s the ‘Stuck Out There’ concert,” she told KTVU Friday.
“All of us had been to many, many events at Candlestick Park and we’ve never experienced such gridlock. There was no police presence once we entered the park, there were no parking attendants telling us where to go,” she said.
Pat Silveri of Novato requested a $374 refund from Ticketmaster and says the city should’ve done better planning for the event. After a three hour wait in traffic, she says a parking attendant told her she should go home.
“The parking attendant that came to my car said that they were turning away thousands of people,” said Silveri

“I’ve Been Stuck in This Crud”: Fan Says of ‘Stick Traffic”
And the headaches weren’t much better for those who took public transportation. NBC Bay Area’s Gonzalo Rojas was in San Francisco, shooting video of long lines and crowded platforms at Muni, with everyone champing at the bit to get to hear McCartney swoon one last time…” (more)

McCartney Concert Traffic Gridlock Frustrates Fans
One of the biggest memories for many fans may be of the concert traffic gridlock before, during and after the show. Anne Makovec reports.

Why drive to McCartney at Candlestick was a long and winding slog

by Michael Cabanatuan and Hamed Aleaziz : sfgate – excerpt

After Paul McCartney‘s big farewell to Candlestick concert turned into the Big Jam, causing countless motorists to miss the show in a huge traffic mess, city and concert officials said the infuriated fans may only have themselves to blame (for buying the tickets?)…

“So, who’s to blame? I’m not sure anyone’s to blame,” Perloff said. “There are a lot of answers. In a sense it was a perfect storm.”

And as that storm raged Friday morning, there were a lot of people to ask…

Need for backup plan

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency officials referred calls to Mayor Ed Lee‘s office, which sent them to Police Chief Greg Suhr.

Suhr blamed the backups on a large number of concertgoers unfamiliar with Candlestick’s infamously feeble transportation system, a concert starting time near the end of a Thursday night commute and people leaving too little time to get to the show… (more)

Is this part of the new SFMTA strategy to blame everyone but yourself. That is the SFMTA way.  Take no responsibility for failing fulfill your obligations.
Did they expect people to know they needed to leave 5 hours early to get to the concert on time?
We heard that taking public transit took almost two hours so there was no real good solution.

 

Jersey City moves toward closing parking authority

AP : sfgate – excerpt

Jersey City is moving closer to realizing Mayor Steven Fulop’s goal of abolishing the city’s autonomous parking authority.

Fulop announced Friday that New Jersey’s Civil Service Commission has granted his request to have parking authority employees given civil service status.

The approval allows the city to move forward with its plan to abolish the authority and have its functions absorbed by other departments.

Fulop plans to present an ordinance to the City Council on Sept. 10.

The parking authority’s enforcement functions would come under the Department of Public Safety, while administrative functions would be handled by city staff who already perform these duties.

Fulop says the dissolution of the parking authority will save taxpayers millions of dollars.

(more)

There’s an idea on how to save Muni money. Abolish the SFMTA by repealing Prop E. What voters create they can dismantle.

Longtime SF Bicycle Coalition chief to step down

By sfexminer – excerpt

One of the strongest San Francisco voices in advocating on behalf of bicyclists is stepping down from her role as head of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and heading to Europe.

Leah Shahum, often seen riding around town on her orange two-wheeler, announced in a letter to the nonprofit’s members Tuesday that after 17 years with the group, 12 of which as its executive director, she is calling it quits by the year’s end.

“It’s time for me to pedal toward new adventures, including participating in a German Marshall Fund Fellowship to research the successes of Vision Zero in Europe,” Shahum said in the letter… (more)

Good news for some of us. One less anti-car voice to counter.