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.

Report: Muni travels slower, costs more to operate than peer cities’ transit

: sfexaminer – excerpt

A new report from the City Controller’s Office compares Muni service with systems in San Jose, Seattle, and elsewhere.

Muni vehicles travel at a slower average speed and have higher operating costs, despite having lower fares than transit services in 10 metropolitan areas, a recently released report has found.

The “benchmarking” report from the San Francisco controller’s office released Thursday compares the performances and costs of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency light-rail, bus and trolley bus services with cities including San Jose, Seattle, Houston, Dallas and Minneapolis.

Data included the average speed and number of passengers served per mile in each of the systems; the reported indicated Muni vehicles travel at a slower average rate.

“Each time the bus stops to board or alight passengers, it experiences a delay, which reduced the average speed of the bus,” the report states. “This effect likely contributes to SFMTA’s lower average speeds.”… (more)