Despite Free Parking, San Francisco Meters Continue Collecting On Sundays

KPIC – excerpt – online

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco may be raking in profits from parking meters when parking is supposed to be free.

Signage on many San Francisco parking meters still indicates Sunday enforcement, even though the city recently stopped charging for Sunday parking.

“I don’t know why they’re not saying free parking, because that’s what it is now,” one man told KPIX 5… (more)

We have been hearing about this since the Mayor and press first mentioned that parking will be free on Sundays again.

Not only did the SFMTA not change the signs, they also did not change the much touted smart meters. Many meters still flash the expired message on Sundays.

You may want to treat this like a crime and report any confusing signs and meters you see to the SFMTA so they will have a record of the complaints. There is a at least one class action lawsuit regarding confusing signs pending so the department is well aware of the signage problem.

As always, let the Supervisors know about the problem.

Fee increases, free Sunday parking take effect this week

sfexaminer – excerpt

A number of fee increases — the first in a series of changes approved in the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s budget — take effect today, followed by the controversial elimination of Sunday parking meter enforcement at the end of this week.

Transit agency board members on April 15 passed a $943.2 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15 and a $962.6 million budget for fiscal year 2015-16. Slight increases for parking permits and other miscellaneous fees are scheduled to go into effect today.

Among those is a $1 increase for parking permits for resident, business, commercial, school, fire station, foreign consulate, and medical and childcare provider vehicles. They are set to cost $55 for six months or less and $110 for a year… (more)

Sunday Parking Meter Changes Coming Soon

sfappeal – excerpt

Starting July 6 on-street meters and off-street parking meters will not require payment on Sundays, except meters on SF Port property.

Exceptions to this change in policy are areas where meters operated on Sundays prior to the addition of Sunday operating hours in January 2013. This includes:

Port of San Francisco jurisdiction meters
Fisherman’s Wharf area meters
Some (but not all) SFMTA-managed metered parking lots (retaining those that operated on Sundays prior to 2013)
In order to help remind the public of the change, during the first three Sundays in July, SFMTA Parking Control Officers will place informational flyers on vehicles parked at expired meters in areas where Sunday meters will remain operational… (more)

Not to rain on our parade, but, the SFMTA can’t leave it simple. We knew about the Port meters, but now they are claiming they are going to enforce other meters around town. The whole point was to make life simple and stress-free. Evidently SFMTA didn’t get that message or they want to stress us out.

If this annoys you as much as it does us, support the Restore Translation initiative by signing, circulating and or donating to the cause. Details:

S.F. Sunday parking meter charge voted down

Jaxon Van Derbeken : sfgate – excerpt

After being bombarded for hours from all sides, the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency board voted to give up $11 million in annual revenue and go along with Mayor Ed Lee‘s plan to stop charging for parking in metered spaces on Sundays.

The panel voted unanimously to scrap Sunday parking charges, setting up another showdown at the Board of Supervisors when it considers the MTA budget. The members also voted to prioritize expanded service to low-income seniors and youths, banking on some of a $15 million surplus the agency has, and delayed some planned fare increases.

But parking was the most contentious issue in the budget process.

Mayor Ed Lee  and the Supervisors heard us on the Sunday parking meters. Keep up the good work. More letters and comments will get us back our streets. Thanks for all your support. You are great!


FREE PARKING On Sundays In San Francisco Is Back (KMEL)
Free Sunday Parking Returns to SF (funcheap)

SF leaders search for ways to blend car-reliant worshippers with transit-first policies

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

In a city where promoting alternatives to California’s car culture is the unofficial religion, Sunday can be a day of conflict.

The Rev. Malcolm Byrd’s Sunday morning ritual includes collecting the angry notes left on his and other double-parked cars on Golden Gate Avenue. They’re left by bicyclists upset that automobiles are blocking their lane during services at Byrd’s First AME Zion Church.

Such righteous anger, while perhaps well-intentioned, is received by “your classic old church lady,” Byrd said. And that lady is part of a citywide congregation that is overwhelmingly old and car-reliant, with no other viable way to get to services.

This dependence on automobiles is challenging religious leaders and transit officials in San Francisco to find a compromise that can reduce congestion and promote transit while still allowing aging worshipers to access their faith communities… (more)

This feels like a familiar tune. Putting in a cycle track next to a church and demanding the cars move is like building housing next to a night club and demonizing the club. The anti-car movement is making for some strange allies who didn’t realize how much we have in common. Live and let live has been the San Francisco way of life. That is what is at stake.
There is a growing divisiveness feeding intolerant and racists comments that is disturbing, and it appears to be coming from elsewhere. The churches were here first. Cyclists are able-bodied individuals perfectly capable of biking on other streets. Perhaps it is time to codify parking privileges around churches and funeral homes, and certain other traditional situations. There is no reason to upset San Francisco traditions to satisfy new non-tolerant attitudes.


Press Release


March 11, 2014 – Results of the “Transit Technology Survey” conducted by the San Francisco Interfaith Council (SFIC) challenge a core SF Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) policy assumption and call into question whether all San Franciscans have equal access to City services.

Disseminated by the SFIC to its 3,200 e-subscribers from February 5-26, 2014, congregation leaders were asked to make hard copies and administer the survey at the fellowship hour of their primary worship service to ensure that all in attendance could participate.  Completed forms were returned to the SFIC by post, compiled, tabulated and analyzed.

Twenty-three congregations in all but one supervisorial district participated. 601 congre-gants from eleven faith traditions responded.  67% of respondents travel to worship by automobile; 19% by public transit; 2% by bicycle and 12% walk.

Of the 558 who responded to the “age range” demographic question, 2.5% fell into the 18-24 age range; 12.5% in the 25-33 age range; 16% in the 34-44 age range; 20% in the 45 -54 age range, 25% in the 55 -65 age range; and 24% in the 66 or older age range.

Of those surveyed, only 17% claimed to have downloaded and use the SFMTA “Pay by Phone” application.  SFIC Executive Director Michael Pappas commented, “Congregation leaders who conducted the survey credit this dramatic disparity to the reality that many congregants lack the technical aptitude to download and utilize applications.  They also expressed concern that, as a result, more elderly and linguistically challenged congregants did not have equal access to City services, particularly in more vulnerable neighborhoods.”

19% of respondents expressed interest in learning more about SFMTA programs that promote options to take MUNI, bike and walk to worship services.

Pappas concluded “The interfaith community wholeheartedly supports multimodal transpor-tation, biking, walking and taking transit to worship services.  The ethical question for the SFMTA, raised by these findings, is whether the agency’s strategy for budget balancing should be based on technological barriers and the resulting parking tickets issued.  That just doesn’t seem right or fair.”.

Congregation leaders are encouraged to re-post this communique
on their social media, weekly bulletins, monthly newsletters
and share with their congregants from their pulpits.


Michael G. Pappas, M.Div., Executive Director
San Francisco Interfaith Council
Interfaith Center at the Presidio
P.O. Box 29055
San Francisco, CA 94129
415.425.9631 (Cell)
415.474.1321 (Office)


San Francisco Deserves Sunday Free Parking

by Randy Shaw : beyondchron – excerpt

All San Franciscans should cheer Mayor Ed Lee’s plans to return to Sunday free meter parking. Meter fees are regressive, the fiscal shortfall causing the parking charges is gone, and Sunday is historically when working people take family outings. Yet two groups I normally agree with, pedestrian and bicycle advocates, oppose Lee’s plan. They want the city to keep Sunday meters and use the estimated $7 million gained to fund pedestrian safety measures. This view is divisive and shortsighted. Nickel and diming the public on Sunday parking meters is a bad idea that must end.

California progressives have learned the hard way that not all fees for government services are the same. Some very progressive and relatively small charges—like the long little noticed vehicular license fee, renamed the “Car Tax”—can result in a Governor’s recall and the installation of a Republican successor in a very blue state.

Parking meter fees are in this category… (more)

Letters: Give SF a parking break – San Francisco Examiner

Transit Lovers Oppose Mayor Ed Lee’s Move to Make Parking Free on Sunday Again

By Erin Sherbert : sfweekly – excerpt

Remember how pissed you were when the city decided to start charging drivers to park at meters on Sundays — the one day of parking freedom?

Well, that’s kinda how transit people feel about Mayor Ed Lee’s recent call undo all that and let everyone enjoy free parking on Sundays again. The Transit Riders Union has started a petition opposing the Mayor’s opposition to metered parking on Sundays.

So if you have thoroughly enjoyed shelling out more money the past year for parking, go ahead and sign the petition. On that note, you’ll probably be delighted to know that drivers have to pay for parking today even though it’s MLK Day(more)

Why do cyclists care about six hours of free Sunday parking? They are the ones who started the petition and protest and claim support of Muni riders and “pedestrians”, (as if we aren’t all pedestrian).
Unlike cyclists, people opposed to Sunday enforcement don’t have to run down to city hall to scream and protest. We merely point to the current condition of the streets and reports that accidents are on the rise, to prove that street diets and the war on cars has failed to produce safer streets.
The rise in unruly behavior noted by many is the result of a lot of frustrated people who no longer play by the rules because nobody knows the rules. Before we had freely flowing traffic and an easy going city with polite individuals. Now have a lot of pent up anger and individual animosity acting out on city streets.
It is time to end the war on cars, which is about as popular as the war on drugs. If you feel as we do, consider signing the Stop SFMTA petition:

And if you already signed the petition, write a letter to the Mayor and supervisors thanking them for their support.

SAN FRANCISCO: Paying to park on Sunday could come to an end

ktvu – excerpt

San Francisco’s mayor is asking the city’s transportation officials to overturn the year old policy of forcing drivers to pay for parking on Sunday afternoons… (more)

The reason the Mayor gives is that half of the Sunday revenue is coming from traffic tickets, (not what we have heard from SFMTA), and he feels that nickle and dimming people is just not fair, especially since they are getting ready to ask for us to approve a 500 million dollar in bond. We have heard they want 3 billion, but in this case he is saying 500 million.
At any rate, now is the time to get your comments and letters to the city authorities if you haven’t sent one yet, and send another one if you like.

S.F. Mayor Lee wants free parking at meters on Sundays

By Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross : sfgate – excerpt

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is calling for an end to Sunday metered parking in the city.

“I’ve always felt uncomfortable with it, but Muni was suffering and we needed the money,” Lee said Tuesday. “Now, I think we have come up with a better way to finance Muni in the long haul, so why not give people a break?”

The city started charging for Sunday street parking last January, something officials expected would bring in $1.7 million annually for cash-strapped Muni.

The take has been a lot better than that – closer to $6 million, with nearly half coming from parking tickets, which can run as high as $72.

Lee said the lopsided ticket take was one reason for calling off Sunday pay for parking.

“It was just nickel-and-diming people to death,” he said.

Lee plans to call for the rollback in his State of the City address Friday and to ask voters to approve a $500 million general obligation bond in November to fund transportation. It would be the first in a series of bonds over the next 10 years.

Giving the public a break on Sundays – plus making permanent the program that grants free rides on Muni to low-income children, which Lee will also propose – could make voters more amenable to voting for the bonds.

The Municipal Transportation Agency must approve the rollback, but its chairman, Tom Nolan, is on board…

One note of caution: The rollback will not include the 1,300 meters operated by the port – so if you’re headed to the ballpark, the Ferry Building, Fisherman’s Wharf or anywhere near or along the Embarcadero, be prepared to keep paying on Sundays(more)

Thank you Mayor Ed Lee and Tom Nolan! We asked and they listened. Be sure to thank them for the Sunday parking meter roll-back.

Apparently, Muni’s No Longer Underfunded: Mayor Wants To End Sunday Parking Meter Fees: …SFMTA board chairman Tom Nolan said in a statement, “Heeding the mayor’s call to make living in San Francisco more affordable, we support the effort to reduce the cost of parking.”  Nolan said, “We will also work with Mayor Lee to find ways to increase service and permanently fund programs like Free Muni for Youth.”…
Phil Matier: SF Mayor Lee Calls For End To Metered Sunday Parking  …This appears to be just a part of what Mayor Lee is doing to make San Francisco a more affordable destination. With the lack of affordable housing remaining in the headlines, and recent polls showing residents concerned about being priced out of their own city, Lee is expected to make this one of many measures to express those growing concerns…
S.F. Mayor: Bring Back Free Sunday Parking