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Release date: Oct. 13, 2009
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SFMTA Releases Extended Parking Meter Hours Study
Agency Proposes Meter Operation when Parking Occupancy is High to Create Parking Availability and Increase Economic Vitality
San Francisco—The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) today released a study on extending parking meter hours of operation. The study includes a proposal to extend meter hours in the evenings and on Sundays when and where warranted by high parking occupancy and when a significant number of businesses are open. Extended meter hours would make it easier for business customers to find parking and would improve Muni’s speed and reliability by reducing congestion and illegal parking.
"This proposal for extended meter hours fits into a larger vision of the SFMTA’s overall transportation and parking policy goals and furthers San Francisco’s Transit First policy,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Executive Director/CEO of the SFMTA. “Parking meters create parking availability and they support economic vitality by helping business customers find parking when they need it.”
In May 2009, as part of budget discussions with the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor’s office, the SFMTA initiated a study to refine an April 2009 proposal to extend the hours of meter operation to 10 p.m. citywide Mondays through Saturdays and to operate parking meters from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The study was intended to better match when and where meter hours are extended with when and where parking is difficult to find in commercial areas.
This study includes a survey of other jurisdictions’ practices, a review of previous reports on parking in the City, and the collection of new data on parking occupancy levels, business hours of operation, stakeholder concerns, and residents’ opinions.
Using this study, the SFMTA has developed a proposal for extending metering hours when and where warranted, specifically:
"We do not have a one-size-fits-all solution to San Francisco’s parking challenges,” Ford added. “Our approach is based on extensive research and includes outreach to dozens of stakeholders, including businesses. We know that this study will engender significant discussion and feedback from elected officials and the general public. We welcome that discussion. We believe that the excellent work that went into this study will elevate San Francisco’s always passionate debates about parking.”
This proposal is based on the following study findings:
The study also makes additional recommendations, based primarily on the feedback gathered in surveys and stakeholder interviews:
While the SFMTA extended hours proposal is driven by policy goals such as making parking easier to find, it could also help fund Muni and pedestrian and bicycle improvements as the SFMTA sees state and local funding for operations disappear or decrease in the challenging economy. The extended hours proposal would generate an additional $8.8 million per year in net revenue for the SFMTA after accounting for costs such as Parking Control Officers. One-time implementations costs would be $2.5 million.
The SFMTA currently manages approximately 24,000 on-street metered parking spaces, most of which are operated from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
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