Supervisor Farrell Has Some Questions About The SFMTA’s Parking Meter Expansion Plan – excerpt

A San Francisco supervisor on Tuesday asked for a hearing on a Municipal Transportation Agency proposal to expand parking meters into various neighborhoods in the city.
The SFMTA is currently conducting outreach in the northeastern part of the Mission District, the first neighborhood that could potentially be affected by the expansion.
In the coming months, the outreach will be extended to residents and business owners in the Potrero Hill, Dogpatch and western South of Market neighborhoods, which are also being eyed as locations for more meters, agency officials said.
Supervisor Mark Farrell said he has “serious concerns” about the expansion idea, and said he has heard concerns from residents in his district, which includes the Marina and Pacific Heights, that parking meters may be installed there as well… (more)

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Supervisor Farrell
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San Francisco eager to simplify parking program’s current jumble of zones

By: Will Reisman : SFExaminer – excerpt

The City’s residential parking program, in place for more than 35 years, could be in line for a major overhaul.

Designed to keep out-of-town commuters from parking all day in residential neighborhoods, the program lets permit holders park on city streets for 72 hours without having to move their vehicles. Since it was created in 1976, the program has evolved to include 27 zones of varying sizes spread unevenly throughout San Francisco.

As part of its strategic plan, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which regulates parking, is pursuing ways to make the program more uniform and streamlined…

Tony Kelly, a Potrero Hill resident who has established a community group to protest parking policies in eastern neighborhoods, said removing the grass-roots element of the residential parking program could be troublesome.

“If the SFMTA is in charge, they’re going to reverse-engineer their findings from community outreach to match their policies,”  Kelly said. “It’s the same approach they’re taking with parking meters, and we can clearly see that’s not working.”…

The SFMTA will discuss policy reforms at its Board of Directors meeting later this month. The reforms will be part of a larger overall effort to review current parking policies and determine how they need to be shaped for the future—which will include a large emphasis on The City’s long-enshrined transit-first philosophy…

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  1. 1976: Year residential parking program was established
  2. 27: Residential parking zones in S.F.
  3. 61,556: Residential parking permits
  4. $104: Annual fee for residential parking permit