Components Of Proposed SFMTA Budget Include Sunday Parking Meter Enforcement, More Fare Inspectors

Bay City News – excerpts

After years of criticism for implementing service cuts and scaling back on maintenance, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is looking to recast its image in a positive light through an “ambitious” budget and new approaches to providing service and maintaining the system….

The SFMTA will present these proposals to the agency’s board of directors at its April 3 meeting. Although the board has the option to vote on Tuesday, it can also vote to postpone the item to its April 17 meeting.

The budget must be approved by May 1.

Reiskin said he expects the board to vote Tuesday on the free Muni for low-income students proposal, which is a separate item on the agenda.

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Voters take not that the SFMTA intends to request a pass on “some budget items”, Tuesday, April 2, 2012.

Sunday parking meters, free Muni for low-income youth part of SFMTA budget

By: Will Reisman | SF Examiner Staff Writer

Sunday meter enforcement is closer to reality than ever before, after The City’s transportation agency released its budget proposal Thursday.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, is facing a two-year projected shortfall of $53.2 million. To make up the deficit, it wants to enforce meters from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, increase parking citations by $5 and add 500 to 1,000 parking meters on streets.

Enforcing meters on Sundays, first proposed in 2010, has met heavy backlash in the past. But SFMTA chief Ed Reiskin said he has explained to City Hall that the decision is based on modernizing outdated assumptions on business and parking on Sundays.

“These policies were adopted in the ’50s, and The City has changed since then,” said Reiskin. “Free Sunday parking is just not warranted or appropriate anymore.”…
The SFMTA board of directors is scheduled to vote on the budget proposal Tuesday.

Key SFMTA budget initiatives

Enforcing meters noon-6 p.m. Sundays    $2.5 million
Increasing parking citations by $5            *$5.4 million
Adding 500-1,000 parking meters             $1 million
Allowing all-door boarding                         $1 million
Free Muni for low-income youth                $4 million
Labor concessions                                    $7 million
*Cost-recovery program; aimed at recovering increased courtroom fees from state

(Which are income producing and which are expenses?)

SF Parking Meter Prices on Roller Coaster Ride

By Rebecca Baron, nbcbayarea.com

New parking rates range from 25 cents to $4.75 an hour.

Ever-changing parking prices in San Francisco have drivers feeling like they are on a roller coaster ride. According to SF Gate, the Municipal Transportation Agency has adjusted meter prices for the fifth time since last July.

There is both good and bad news. Here’s the good: The price of parking at some curbside meters dropped to 25 cents an hour. But wait, before you grab a quarter and head for a parking meter, don’t forget, with the good comes the bad: in other areas, the price jumped to $4.75 an hour. (more)

 

S.F. eyes ending free parking meters on Sundays

By Michael Cabanatuan, Rachel Gordon, SFGate

The long-standing tradition of not having to feed parking meters on Sunday in San Francisco could soon be a thing of the past…

Although the plan has the strong support of Mayor Ed Lee, it has left others with plenty to dislike.

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City officials should take note of the fact that there are already 225 comments on this article as of noon 3/30/12. Not many are happy with this plan.

SFMTA seeks more parking meter revenue to balance its budget

By Steven T. Jones, sfbg.com

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency staff and Director Ed Reiskin today unveiled a two-year budget proposal that avoids Muni fare increases or service cuts and directs more money to address the transit system’s deferred maintenance needs, but it relies on substantially increasing parking meter revenues in ways that have been tough sells before.

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Has the SFMTA ever balanced a budget? If they are so broke why are they spending money on PR trying to convince us they know what they are doing? They obviously don’t, which is why the Mayor and the Board should deny them any more money until they figure out how to manage what they have. Some of the comments on this article are evidence of just how irate the citizens of San Francisco are.

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Will City Hall Get on Board With Extending Parking Meter Hours?
by Aaron Bialick March 15, 23012

“Giving away free curbside car parking when it’s in demand on Sundays and evenings just doesn’t make any sense. (more)

SFMTA Budget Proposal Includes Metered Parking on Sunday Afternoons
by Aaron Bialick, March 29, 2012

The SFMTA unveiled its proposed two-year budget today, and it includes extending car parking meter hours to Sundays between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m., but not during evenings. On those afternoons, the proposal promises to curb the congestion that results from drivers cruising for free parking when it’s in high demand. The measure is one of many budget gap-closing components in a plan that avoids raising transit fares…

The budget would also add 500 to 1,000 parking meters throughout business districts where parking is in high demand.”

Ever consider who defines whether your home or business is located in a “business district? If you are in a district zoned for mixed use, you could be in for a big surprise.

“The budget goes to the SFMTA Board of Directors next Tuesday for approval.”

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Sunday meters and extended meter hours are on the table, just a day after we heard Jay Primus say on KQED that “all the meters are either 4 hours or unlimited.” Which side of his mouth do we believe? Or does he know of which he speaks? See the “The Science of Parking” and listen to Jay’s statements. You can also listen to a lot of frustrated people who aks questions, but don’t get any real answers from the SFParks’ mouthpiece.

Muni overtime pay, subpar citation revenue still draining SFMTA budget

By: Will Reisman | SF Examiner Staff Writer

In January, when the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency was facing a $21.2 million budget deficit, the agency said it could make up its shortfall by increasing revenue from parking citations while cutting down on employee overtime pay.

Neither plan seems to be panning out.

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The ups and downs of San Francisco parking meters

By Rachel Gordon, at the City Insider:SFGate

We’re in a good mood today at the City Insider, so we’ll start with the good news for San Francisco drivers: the price of parking at some curbside meters dropped to 25 cents an hour today. But like many things in life, with the good, can come the bad: In other areas, the price jumped to $4.75 an hour.

The 25-cent meters can be found on select blocks in the Civic Center, Fisherman’s Wharf and Fillmore areas, for example, the 700 block of Golden Gate Avenue and the 400 block of Beach Street.

The priciest meters can be found along 16 blocks in the Financial District.

A detailed breakdown of the rates can be found at www.sfpark.org/rates.

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Meter Rates going up and down all over town. It is like musical chairs. You never know where you will land and how much it will costs you to park when you do. Must be somebody’s idea of a sick joke. By the way, Jay, did you really change all the parking limits to 4 hours or unlimited?

Haven’t had time to check yet.

10 let go at SFMTA were in $100K club

By: Will Reisman | SF Examiner Staff Writer

Every one of the 10 managers laid off earlier this month by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency earned at least $100,000 a year.

Ed Reiskin, director of the SFMTA, which operates Muni and is facing a two-year shortfall of $53.2 million, made the decision to let go of the employees in a move to save $2 million annually.

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The Science of Parking

Host: Michael Krasny, of KQED Radio(archived program)
Guests: Donald Shoup, fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, professor of urban planning at UCLA and author of “The High Cost of Free Parking”
Jay Primus, program manager of SFpark, a project of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

“Would you be willing to pay more at parking meters if it meant you’d be more likely to find an open spot? As part of a pilot project, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has distributed smart parking meters throughout the city that can track where parking is densest and set rates accordingly. The goal is to keep one parking spot open on each block. We discuss the impact of the program so far.”