Grants Awarded for Parking Pricing Projects

BY HENRY WALLMEYER : blog.parking.org – excerpt

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced more than $363 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to fund a wide variety of highway improvements that include the Value Pricing Pilot (VPP) Program. The VPP Program supports a variety of strategies to manage congestion on highways, including tolling highway facilities through congestion pricing, as well as other methods that do not involve tolls, such as mileage-based car insurance and parking pricing. Awardees and grant amount included:…

San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Commission Regional Parking Pricing Analysis Tool – This proposal creates a regional parking database that will allow localities to analyze the effects of various parking pricing scenarios designed to encourage transit and other alternative travel in the Bay Area. $560,000…
Parking Pricing Enhancement Study in San Francisco
This two-part project will study and assess options for implementing a residential parking pricing pilot and develop transferable technical specifications for SFpark, which would help other cities implement similar programs. $420,000.

For the complete list of awardees, visit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/discretionary/2012vppp.cfm, and be sure to download for free the FHWA’s Contemporary Approaches to Parking Pricing.
We encourage all parking organizations to explore the opportunity to improve their operations with the assistance of federal or private grants. For more information on the FHWA grants, please contact:

Allen Greenberg
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
202-366-2425
allen.greenberg@dot.gov

Henry Wallmeyer is deputy director of the International Parking Institute.

This is where our Federal tax dollars are going, how they are financing the parking meters, and who to write.

Special event parking meter premium rates

By Jamie Whitaker : examiner.com : Rincon Hill Examiner – excerpt

The SFMTA held a meeting in Mission Bay at the Mission Creek Park Pavilion on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.  The Agency is listening to residents concerns and ideas about implementing new parking meters in areas that do not currently have them, possibly expanding hours into the evenings and on Sundays, and possibly charging an event premium on days when there is an event at AT&T Park…

What I proposed at the parking meter meeting on Saturday is that SFMTA allow residents with cars to buy pre-paid parking meter cards with a flat rate per 1-hour unit that the resident must use or lose within a certain time period (let’s say 3 or 6 months). This would make residents carefully consider how much time they may be parked at a meter during the given period of time while giving residents the benefit of avoiding an elevated parking meter rate when events are happening at AT&T Park (or possibly Warriors Arena in the future).  The reason I’d suggest a “use it or lose it” policy is that the SFMTA needs to be able to book their revenues for accounting and we would not want someone hoarding hours on a card and lending/selling the card to others.

It sounded like other neighbors thought a pre-paid card at a flat rate per 1-hour unit was a good idea, and the SFMTA seemed to indicate they would look into the legal and technological feasibility of such a pre-paid flate rate system for residents only.

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I was also in attendance, so I can add a few points:

Mission Bay residents complained that their requests for residential parking permits are still being denied. SFMTA’s excuse is that the rates are detemined by Federal Law. (And the need more money out of the residents) There was some realization that the legal issue of discrimination can be used to work both for and against the residents, as they are paying an extra fee already. SFMTA argues that no one is allowed to park their private vehicles on public streets for free, even though the public paid for them through their taxes.

Reducing enforcement hours during non-event days was a hot topic.

Residents brought photos of empty parking meters along Terry Francois Blvd  to prove SFMTA’s infamous “congestion pricing” system is flawed and once again officials admitted they were right.