Supervisor Mark Farrell is apparently so repulsed by the idea that people should pay for the parking spots they use, he’s lashing out in increasingly irrational ways.
In his most recent stunt, Farrell delayed approval of a $54 million contract that would replace 25,000 worn-out, coin-fed parking meters with modern ones that accept credit cards, and purchase 10,000 additional meters. Before any parking meter could be placed in an un-metered space, it would still have to be approved in a separate public process. Although the contract passed the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee in October, which Farrell chairs, he voted against it, and consideration by the full board has been delayed for reasons that remain unclear… (more)
I don’t know where Bialick gets his information, but it is not very accurate. Henderson’s article in the Guardian is full of factual errors. Supervisor Farrell first objected to the contract in the Budget and Finance Committee, but he has since been joined by most of the other supervisors.
SFMTA postponed the vote because they don’t have the votes to pass it at the Board of Supervisors. Avalos, who originally supported it, changed his mind.
Many questions remain unanswered. The Examiner reports that the lifespan of the meters is 7-10 years and the new parking meters are more expensive to maintain. Where is the revenue from the meters going? What percentage goes to Muni operations?
The SFMTA has approved a $54 million contract to replace 25,000 existing meters, but the planned purchase of additional meters has delayed The City’s stamp of approval.
At just over a decade old, San Francisco’s parking meters are well past their prime. But a $54 million plan to replace the coin-fed meters with credit card-friendly technology is on hold, and distrust with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s plan to buy up to 10,000 new meters is partly to blame… (more)
Thank your Supervisors for protecting us from this latest SFMTA move. They heard your voices and doing what they can do legally to hold the SFMTA accountable for their actions. The one thing they can do is to refuse to sign the contracts the SFMTA brings them to sign off on.
RELATED: $54M Contract To Replace SF Meters Raises Questions About Future Parking Costs
Supervisor Mark Farrell said he wants guarantees from the SFMTA that the public is properly consulted before any additional meters are added in an expansion and wants an explanation why they agency wants so many spares… With the meter contract in trouble, the SFMTA has sent the supervisors a new notification strategy that would give residents more say about new meters in there neighborhoods. According to records, the SFMTA revenue from parking has doubled over the passed decade to $53 million a year.
Where is all the revenue from the parking meters going?
Mayor Ed Lee backed the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s plan to install thousands of new meters in the northeast Mission, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch and Mission Bay neighborhoods — a proposal recently put on hold amid strong opposition from residents and business owners in those neighborhoods. (read more)