MUNI

Hundreds of San Francisco residents attended a recent hearing at city hall to oppose the plan designed to add parking meters to several San Francisco neighborhoods, including Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, the Mission and Mission Bay.  This is not isolated--the Municipal Transportation Authority has added meters in several other neighborhoods in the city over the past year.  This week, they met with organized opposition and have put plans on hold, as reported by the Chronicle article.
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I read a great article in this past Sunday's New York Times, "Paved, But Still Alive."  This article looks at our values towards the automobile, parking lots and parking spaces.  I have written several blog posts about parking including coverage of Parking Day, parking meters, and our policies in the city of San Francisco towards the number of parking spaces in newly constructed buildings.  I was shocked to learn that some who study parking estimate that there are eight parking spots for...


San Francisco announces a plan to implement variable rate pricing using its new, high tech parking meters.  The idea is to vary the rates of parking meters so that prices are high enough at all times so that a spot or two will always be available on every block.  This will reduce congestion because drivers won't be circling looking for parking spots and this will also reduce pollution.  Drivers who don't want to pay the high prices will take MUNI the next time, so the argument goes.  Read...

It has been interesting to watch the public discourse about San Francisco's parking meters, use of parking spots, congestion and MUNI over the last few years.  It has been difficult for some developers to get approved plans for a 1:1 ratio of housing units to cars. More parking meters are being installed along the waterfront near areas used as access to recreation for many San Franciscans.  The city is considering a plan to charge a toll for driving in certain parts of the city that are more...

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