SFMTA falls short with parking meter revenue

By Jerold Chinn : sfbay – excerpt

report from the San Francisco controller’s office shows The City could have potentially collected more revenue from parking meters during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

The report said that if every one of the 28,000 metered spaces in the city had been fully paid, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency could have generated as much as $190 million in revenue.

Though it might seem to drivers that parking spaces are always taken,  at least 40 percent of parking metered spaces are not occupied at any given time, according to data from the SFMTA’s SFPark program… (more)

They left out the most likely reason for the empty meters, which is that their PR and street diets have have backfired on them. SFMTA has convinced everyone to go somewhere else or take pubic transportation, walk, bike, or stay home. The fewer cars there are on the road, the lower their revenue from cars will be. Get used to it or change the policies to bring the cars and the revenue back.

But it is more fun to blame others than to admit they overplayed their hand, so we will probably get more of the same and they will lose more money and blame us.

2 Investigates: SF drivers not off the hook on Sundays

Cara Lui : KTVU – excerpt

Big changes are coming to San Francisco’s parking enforcement policies.

SFMTA announced this week it was doing away with Sunday metering in the city. But that doesn’t mean drivers are off the hook on Sundays.

Agency spokesperson Paul Rose said you can expect the same number of parking control officers on the roads. They will be focusing on things such as responding to red zone or blocked driveway complaints instead.

“We still feel like we’ll make up the revenue lost by Sunday meters, but we will be able to deploy same parking control officers to respond to quality of life issues,” said Rose.

KTVU has also learned SFMTA issued a total of 1.5 million tickets last year… (more)

We can’t believe anything the SFMTA claims. According to these statements the SFMTA never needed to charge for Sunday parking meters and will not be losing the 6.5 to 11 million dollars they have been claiming.


Lie of the Year: Parking meters in city neighborhoods “not driven by revenue”

Rob Anderson : district5diary.blogspot.com – excerpt

This nugget of misinformation was reported in the Chronicle yesterday: “Revenue from parking meter charges and fines amounts to more than $50 million a year and is used, in part, to help fund the transit system.”

According to the latest SF Transportation Fact Sheet, the city 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.

MTA’s designated liar is quoted about plans to put parking meters in the Zoo neighborhood:

The destinations “generate significant parking and traffic demand in their respective areas, and it’s our responsibility to manage that demand,” said Paul Rose, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. One goal of the city’s meter strategy is to get people out of their cars as part of San Francisco’s transit-first policy, Rose said. “This is not driven by revenue,” he added.

Does the neighborhood around the zoo have a “significant parking demand”? (See photo above.) Of course it’s about the “revenue,” aka “money,” but it’s also about City Hall’s anti-car ideology, which is encouraged by anti-car special interest groups like the Bicycle Coalition and WalkSF. Motorists, whether city residents or visitors, are primarily sources of income for our profligate city government, which has to borrow money to pave our streets.

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.

Add it all up, and the city makes $174,610,099 from city motorists, operators of what the bike people call “death monsters.”…

Looks like we need to break up the SFMTA and rewrite Transit First if we want a balanced and unbiased transit system in San Francisco.