SFMTA Puts More Time in Meter Plan

Keith Burbank : potreroview.net – excerpt

Anti-parking meter advocates appear to have won a victory in their efforts to slow-down plans to blanket parts of Dogpatch, Mission, and Potrero Hill with high-tech parking meters.  In a letter to a citizens group spearheading anti-meter efforts, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) director Ed Reiskin said the agency “may delay when we begin engagement with the 12th & Folsom areaЙat present the agency does not plan to revise the order for outreach to the other areas.”  For now, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and the Mission will not be part of the Mission Bay parking pilot because of citizen concerns about the plan, Reiskin said in his letter.  Reiskin’s correspondence was in response to a request by the Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF) to reschedule meter-related outreach efforts over a longer time period.

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce joined ENUF in opposing SFMTA’s parking meter plan, though the chamber’s president and chief executive officer, Steven B. Falk, said in a newsletter that “demand-sensitive parking charges can provide new revenue for transit services.”  The business group recommended that the City study a regional congestion pricing model, and work with other organizations to alleviate traffic congestion.  In the same newsletter, Falk wrote that SFMTA’s policies may be “‘driving’ employees, employers and customers out of San Francisco…”

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Since the advent of the SFMTA encroachment by parking meters and limited parking hours, we are aware of few citizen complaints over traffic. The conversation has centered almost entirely on the parking problems.

 

Could the following Newswire review have anything to do with the Chamber’s position?

 

U.S. Travel Association: San Mateo County Travel Tax Will Hurt Economy

“The latest proposed travel tax hikes in San Mateo County (Bay Area), CA will damage the local economy, make San Francisco International Airport (SFO) less competitive, and generate far less revenue than county officials estimate, according to a new economic impact study released by the U.S. Travel Association.

Economists found that SFO could lose 100,000 vehicle rentals a year if just one of the measures were to pass…”

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Joe Lacob on parking at proposed San Francisco arena at Piers 30-32

Steve Berman

Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob talks about, the parking situation at the proposed new arena in San Francisco on The Embarcadero at Piers 30-32. Lacob estimates that 700 parking spaces would exist at the site of the new arena, if it gets built.

The subject of parking comes up early in most plans.

Why Parking Sucks in San Francisco

Posted by: on: May 16 2012 • Categorized in: Life in San Francisco – excerpt

“My wife and I took a trip to the local produce market and realized something about San Francisco when you go shopping. Parking sucks. After a trip to Costco the other day where they expect you to make large purchases, ergo vans, trucks and SUV’s I understand why now. San Francisco doesn’t understand that cars have gotten bigger…

Two SUV’s parked next to each other is a real comedy of errors to watch because the people are trying to be very careful getting out of the car without slamming their door into the car next to them and it’s even more fun to watch when there are people in both cars because they end up in a stare down waiting to see who hits the other car first. I’d love to say I have a good answer for this, but that’s not my job. That’s the job of the Board of Supervisors to handle and last time I checked I wasn’t one of them.”

May 22, 2012: (more) On parking:

“…There is more parking here than there is there. That’s a fact. We have the studies. It’s one thing for the media to make the statement but you need to have the facts. We have the facts, just ask us for the facts and we’ll give you the facts. Here’s the issue. The Giants have Lot A. It’s the only real parking they have, 2,000 spaces. They’ve built out all of that, they’re going to have a parking structure replace that. It works for them. But 2,000 spaces roughly for 40,000 people that go to the game. We’re going to have on a relative basis the same thing here. We’ll have, in fact, more than that. And, in fact, if you do the parking study, now I’m not saying 2,000 spaces I’m saying we’re going to have on a relative basis. We’ll have 700 spaces, we think, on this site, we’ll have some more neighboring..” (more)