SFMTA chief hopes to calm the parking meter furor at supervisorial hearing

Steven T. Jones : sfweekly – excerpt

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency director Ed Reiskin faces a tough challenge tomorrow (Thu/2) at the Board of Supervisors Neighborhood Services and Safety hearing that Sup. Mark Farrell has called on expanding parking meters into new neighborhoods, where Reiskin is expected to face a hornet’s nest of SFMTA critics stirred up by the loss of free street parking and perceptions that the agency is mismanaging public spaces and transit.
Reiskin needs to quell some of the anger that is erupting in the northeast Mission District, Potrero Hill, and other areas slated for new meters enough to prevent increased supervisorial intervention into his independent agency and ensure a transit improvement bond measure planned for next year has a chance of passing – which the agency desperately needs to make improvements to Muni… (more)

Diverted funds: If SFMTA needs money to fix the Muni why did they divert 510 million dollars in public transit fees from Muni to the street calming project to reduce the traffic lanes where Dolores meets Market Street?

This is an in-kind trade that doesn’t smell right. How can they possibly spend over half a billion dollars widening a sidewalk?  Is this real money and where is it going?

The Sunday parking meters are expected to bring in a measly 1.7 million dollars a year. Why bother collecting 1.7 million dollars if you are going to give away 510 million? The voters are not that dumb. Ed and Primus are wasting their time.

Parking meter expansion in SF neighborhoods subject of hearing

By: Will Reisman : sfexaminer – excerpt

The plan to add more parking meters to several San Francisco neighborhoods will receive scrutiny today from a Board of Supervisors committee.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages traffic policies in The City, is looking into the possibility of adding more parking meters in neighborhoods that include the Mission District, Potrero Hill and South of Market. The agency originally proposed to add around 5,000 meters to those neighborhoods, but balked on that project after backlash from local residents…
Transit agency spokesman Paul Rose said the SFMTA has no intention of adding parking meters to any neighborhoods beyond those already identified. He said meters are just one tool the agency is considering for managing traffic in the Mission district and its surrounding neighborhoods. There are no plans to add meters to any residential areas, Rose said… (more)

S.F. parking meter plan draws concern

Neal J. Riley, John Coté : sfchronicle – excerpt


Before a parking meter unexpectedly pops up outside your front door, one supervisor wants more details on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s efforts to expand meters into residential areas. The SFMTA says it has been or will be conducting outreach in those neighborhoods, but Supervisor Mark Farrell believes “every potentially affected neighborhood deserves to have extensive input into and thorough understanding of SFMTA’s upcoming plan… (more)

Polk St. plans make room for parking

By Michael Cabanatuan : sfchronicle – excerpt

San Francisco transportation planners hope to calm a rebellion over a proposal to reduce the number of parking places on Polk for bike lanes by designing options to preserve more parking.
The plan originally envisioned by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency included an option for a continuous bike lane, separated by a buffer or barrier, from Union Street to McAllister Street. That option would have eliminated about 18 percent of the parking on the busy commercial thoroughfare and sparked an outcry from merchants who said it would hurt their businesses…
“What we heard from people was that they wanted to see an option that didn’t include bike lanes and wouldn’t remove parking,” said Luis Montoya, project manager…
Merchants were pleased to see an option that eliminates bike lanes and saves most parking places using “sharrows” – painted symbols on the street that are intended to remind drivers to share the road with bicyclists… (more)

Neglected Haight Parklet Could Cost $5000 To Remove

by : sfappeal – excerpt

The Haight has long been on the cutting edge, in one capacity or another. This time the iconic street has all but won the “first parklet to be removed” award. But who will pay for the removal? That’s what SF is still trying to figure out…
Neighbors say they want the parklet gone and tell the Ex that they haven’t liked the parklet from the get-go, with one saying that “When it was constructed it was not well received in terms of appearance. It’s not a very inspired design and it’s kind of ugly.”
But here’s where it gets tricky: There are currently no protocols or procedures in place to remove parklets. According to a Planning Department spokesperson, “figuring out how to remove parklets and who is responsible…is next on the list of issues to solve,” reports the Ex.
According to Uppercasing, the parklet’s removal may cost up to $5000, but no one quite knows who would pay that hefty price. (more)