Lie of the Year: Parking meters in city neighborhoods “not driven by revenue”

Rob Anderson : district5diary.blogspot.com – excerpt

This nugget of misinformation was reported in the Chronicle yesterday: “Revenue from parking meter charges and fines amounts to more than $50 million a year and is used, in part, to help fund the transit system.”

According to the latest SF Transportation Fact Sheet, the city makes $40,520,486 from parking meters and $86,306,584 from parking tickets for a total of $126,827,070. Note that the city makes twice as much from parking tickets as it does on parking meters. But if there are no parking meters, the city can’t issue parking tickets, which is why City Hall is putting more parking meters in city neighborhoods.

MTA’s designated liar is quoted about plans to put parking meters in the Zoo neighborhood:

The destinations “generate significant parking and traffic demand in their respective areas, and it’s our responsibility to manage that demand,” said Paul Rose, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. One goal of the city’s meter strategy is to get people out of their cars as part of San Francisco’s transit-first policy, Rose said. “This is not driven by revenue,” he added.

Does the neighborhood around the zoo have a “significant parking demand”? (See photo above.) Of course it’s about the “revenue,” aka “money,” but it’s also about City Hall’s anti-car ideology, which is encouraged by anti-car special interest groups like the Bicycle Coalition and WalkSF. Motorists, whether city residents or visitors, are primarily sources of income for our profligate city government, which has to borrow money to pave our streets.

Note too that the city also makes $38,742,622 from city-owned parking lots and garages and another $9,040,407 from its residential parking permit program, which has people paying for a permit to park in front of their homes.

Add it all up, and the city makes $174,610,099 from city motorists, operators of what the bike people call “death monsters.”…

Looks like we need to break up the SFMTA and rewrite Transit First if we want a balanced and unbiased transit system in San Francisco.

Meter-Happy MTA Targets Zoo, SF State

By Chelena Goldman : sfbay.ca – excerpt

The head honchos behind San Francisco transportation seem to be pulling out all the stops to get anyone with cars to pay for parking. And not just in the bustling downtown area.
SFGate reports officials for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency are in talks to install parking meters around the San Francisco Zoo, and possibly near San Francisco State University as well…

Elsbernd points out that the zoo already has a paid parking lot, along with plenty of parking along Lake Merced and in the nearby neighborhood

Good point. Nobody ever goes out there except surfers dog walkers and fishermen, three groups of people they don’t want on Muni. Hopefully the Supervisors and Mayor will put a stop to this nonsense soon.

Central subway construction forces street closure

Don Sanchez : ABClocal.go.com – excerpt\

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Traffic around San Francisco’s premier shopping district, Union Square, just got a little more difficult with the shutdown of part of a major street Monday. It’s all for the $1.6 billion Central Subway Project, which is moving one step closer to reality.

Two blocks of Stockton Street, between Geary and Ellis, are now closed to traffic. It’s all in preparation for the eventual construction of the Union Square subway station…

The subway is expected to open in 2019…