The Solution to San Francisco’s Parking Problem isn’t What You Expect

by Noah Sanders : thebolditalic – excerpt

Let’s be frank: parking in San Francisco is a nightmare. We’re a dense city — more than 800,000 people on a seven by seven spit of land — with a surprisingly low number of on-street public parking spaces (265,000 as reported in 2010), and the quest to find an open slot for your vehicle can be one of the great frustrations of living in the City by the Bay. Parking isn’t a simple issue (nothing is in San Francisco), but according to the Examinercity supervisors Mark Farrell and Malia Cohen think a large part of our current parking crisis is due to ubiquitous construction parking permits. You’ve seen them: plasticky, red-and-white signs decreeing a rare stretch of available parking is reserved for the dualies and cement mixers of some massive construction project. Anyone who ignores the signs is asking for punishment. Now, supervisors Farrell and Cohen believe they have a solution: the Construction Parking Plan Law….

Potrero Hill Boosters president J.R. Eppler doesn’t see the Construction Parking Plan Law as an adequate solution to what he believes is a much bigger problem. Eppler says that parking problems caused by construction projects are just “a straw on the back of an already burdened camel.”…At the end of the day, “it’s not just a construction issue, “ Eppler says, it’s a complex parking issue that needs to be addressed with an equally comprehensive plan….

San Francisco is in the grip of some seriously complex growing pains, and though legislation like the Construction Parking Plan Law looks to address pieces of those problems, City Hall needs to start expanding its scope and hitting the full force of these issues head-on…. (more)

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Follow-up to the NE Mission / SFMTA March 21 Meeting: Videos on YouTube

Videos on YouTube

Supervisor Campos made comments on the SFMTA plan before and after the presentation and comments by neighbors. Most people found the studies were lacking in accuracy and called for a better survey of the neighborhood before enacting any changes in the area. David agreed with residents and business owners that even though many changes to the original plan, such as allowing RPP for residents and Preferential Parking Permits for PDRs, are an improvement, the plan is flawed. He concluded by saying that there is no reason to implement any changes until a reasonable approach is found and the details worked out.
The growing trend toward emptying and eliminating public parking garages and parking lots was mentioned at the meeting. There are a couple in the area and a number have been spotted in Mission Bay. Residents on Polk Street and Valencia are also complaining about the rush to eliminate parking spots. Why is the SFMTA spending any time and energy eliminating pubic parking for Muni customers, while cutting back on Muni service? How does eliminating parking options benefit Muni riders?
There is a disconnect in the congested parking theory and the reality of the parking habits of human beings. Why is SFMTA is continuing to sign contracts to expand the program in spite of the lack of evidence or data from the initial tests?
Father of the congestion theory, Dr. Shoup admits his theories are unproven.
He is quoted as saying, If it works, it will make San Francisco an even better place to live and do business and visit. It will just be yet another feather in the cap of San Francisco. And if it doesn’t work, they can blame it all on a professor from Los Angeles… (more)

Santa Monica fired Nelson/Nygaard consultant, Jeff Tumlin, and now the Planning Commission may shelf their radical parking proposals which have “upset and enraged” residents… (more)

If Santa Monica can take back their streets, we can too.

SFMTA Northeast Mission Parking Planning Community Meeting 3

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog.org – excerpt
Notice of public SFMTA neighborhood meetings is on sfstreetsblog and
http://www.sfmta.com/cms/pnews/NPP_NEMission.htm

From SFMTA via email to sf.streetsblog.org:
At the March 21 meeting we will present a draft proposal for parking management for the Northeast Mission. The draft proposal will be posted on the project website at least a week in advance of the meeting, and we will send an email notification when that draft proposal has been posted.
If you have not yet reviewed the Northeast Mission parking data web page, please take a look – from here you can download block-level data worksheets for your own block or any block in the study area, review parking conditions and behavior observed in the neighborhood, review SFMTA’s policies and guidelines for parking management, and give comments online.
If you’d like to talk with the SFMTA parking planning team about the project, the data we have collected and shared, or anything related to parking in the Northeast Mission, please contact us in any of these ways:

Send your comments suggestions , and requests prior to the meeting. Suggest better ways of giving notice, and, if you feel the Muni service has gotten worse in the area, ask what SFMTA plans to do to improve it.

SFMTA announced Community Meetings re: Northeast Mission Parking Management Plan

SFMTA just announced two meetings and promised to mail out notices to the neighborhoods. So far as of noon November 17, we have not received any notice.

download NEMBA flyer to print

This following information was taken off the SFMTA web site:
Link to the upcoming meeting with the MTA
http://www.sfmta.com/cms/pnews/NPP_NEMission.htm

The Community Meeting 1 – Northeast Mission Parking Management Plan
Thursday, November 29, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
John O’Connell High School auditorium
2355 Folsom Street

The Community Meeting 2 – Northeast Mission Parking Management Plan
Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
John O’Connell High School gymnasium
2355 Folsom Street

Surveying all SF neighborhoods on parking

By popular demand, the ENUF Parking Plan Survey is now extended to include all San Francisco neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Parking Surveys in 3 languages are here ENUF-parking survey
We have created separate surveys for residents and business owners. You should fill out a residential survey for the neighborhood in which you reside, and a business survey for the neighborhood your business is in. One survey per business please, to track the parking habits of your employees, customers and clients, and vendors…
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Be sure to fill out the surveys.

CA$HING in on Taxpayers

According to the latest SF Transportation Fact Sheet, the city of San Francisco makes $40,520,486 from parking meters and $86,306,584 from parking tickets for a total of $126,827,070.

Note, that the city makes twice as much from parking tickets as it does on parking meters. But if there are no parking meters, the city can’t issue parking tickets, which is why City Hall is putting more parking meters in city neighborhoods.

Note too that the city also makes $38,742,622 from city-owned parking lots and garages and another $9,040,407 from its residential parking permit program, which has people paying for a permit to park in front of their homes. Creating the SFMTA seems to have only accomplished creating one very large dysfunctional organization. If anyone doubts why San Francisco is broke, look no further than the fact that 1 out of 3 public employees make over $100,000 a year, 20% more than the private sector pay, with vastly better benefits and health care…

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