Supes Hamstring SFMTA’s Ability to Expand Progressive Parking Policy

by : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

In a setback for progressive parking policy in San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors voted last week to eliminate the SFMTA’s ability to install any significant amount of new parking meters under a new five-year contract to upgrade existing meters…
No supervisors opposed reducing the number of meters to be purchased in the contract. Supervisor John Avalos, who introduced the contract amendment, said the SFMTA is expected to allocate the 5,000 additional meters like so: 1,200 to replace meters on Port property, 2,800 to replace damaged meters, and 1,000 “to be used as a maintenance flow.”“There will be no expansion of meters,” said Avalos. “If that’s gonna happen, it’ll be another go-around from the MTA to describe how they will implement and with a lot of outreach to the public.”…
As Radulovich noted in his letter, “limiting parking meters will mean more congestion, and more pollution.”… (more)

We won this battle, but we will have to watch for SFMTA’s  next move. Send appreciative notes and letters to the Supervisors to let them know that we know they supported us this time. Be sure to report any new meters any reduction in parking due to tow away signs and other tricks they use to limit parking. We won the battle but there is much more to do.

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