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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors voted Tuesday to implement a payment program for MUNI drivers who park their cars at work. Transit operators must now purchase an $80 monthly parking pass to be able to park on transit yards and on MUNI property.
The city’s Department of Parking and Traffic officers will patrol the MUNI lots and will issue $55 citations to cars without valid placards. The DPT employees also work under the SFMTA umbrella — meaning the parking control officers would be ticketing co-workers over on the transit side of the organization.
Street parking on San Francisco’s busy Powell Street between Ellis and Geary Sts. would be eliminated to allow for more pedestrian space during one weekend of the busy December holiday shopping season if a proposal by the city’s Sustainable Streets program is approved.
The proposal suggests eliminating metered parking at the curb from 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 until 9:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7. on a two-block length of the street so pedestrians will have more sidewalk space on what’s considered to be a busy shopping weekend in the Union Square area.
For anyone planning to drive into San Francisco during this year’s Fleet Week celebration, just take one look at the sign we snapped during last year’s event and we’re sure you’re having second doubts about doing that right about now.
You see, special events like Fleet Week which draws large crowds into town give parking lot operators along the city’s waterfront another reason to raise parking rates to moon-scraping rates.
Facing an $129 million budget deficit in the 2009 – 2010 fiscal year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency — which oversees the city’s MUNI transit system and Department of Parking and Traffic — is poised to present a slew of fare and fee hikes this week that would help sop up some of the red ink.
Among the proposals: raising base MUNI fares for adults by $0.50 to $2.00, charging higher fares on the F-Market historic streetcar route and raising parking meter rates throughout the city.
The battle over a coveted parking spot near City Hall between Oakland City councilmembers Jean Quan and Desley Brooks came down to a coin toss Tuesday — ending a dilemma that caused eye rolling throughout the city.
After the Chronicle’s Matier and Ross broke news that a months long battle had been brewing over who would get to park in former Councilmember Henry Chang’s old spot on 14th Street near the City Hall side entrance, city officials have been bombarded with e-mails asking why time and money — including the services of the City Attorney who issued a five-page ruling on the topic — was being spent on petty parking politics.
These tough times are forcing private parking lot operators in San Francisco to gouge spectators a bit more.
The cheapest parking rate that we saw hovered around $20 for all-day Fleet Week parking in the private lots. Even that didn’t last long after the operator saw he could charge what everyone else was charging for a spot.
We warned you!
Read about the best places to watch Fleet Week festivities here. And why will some viewing spots be closed off to the public here.
By Tim Jue / Beat Staff Writer
Word to the wise: getting around in San Francisco for Fleet Week this weekend is going to be tough.
So tough in fact that when you factor in the angst from sitting in traffic, the high cost of gas, and circling the block a dozen times to find that elusive parking spot – you might just feel like calling it quits. Fleet Week organizers and city officials are warning spectators about this already – the Embarcadero will turn into a parking lot, metered parking will be scarce (and expensive), and private parking lot operators on the waterfront are hauling out the poster board to Sharpie in “All Day Parking – $25.”
They’re recommending that you take public transportation to Fleet Week festivities …