Parking meter expansion in SF neighborhoods subject of hearing 

click to enlarge A backlash curbed The City’s plan to install 5,000 parking meters. - MIKE KOOZMIN/2012 S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
  • Mike Koozmin/2012 S.F. Examiner file photo
  • A backlash curbed The City’s plan to install 5,000 parking meters.

The plan to add more parking meters to several San Francisco neighborhoods will receive scrutiny today from a Board of Supervisors committee.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages traffic policies in The City, is looking into the possibility of adding more parking meters in neighborhoods that include the Mission District, Potrero Hill and South of Market. The agency originally proposed to add around 5,000 meters to those neighborhoods, but balked on that project after backlash from local residents.

Even though his district does not include those communities, Supervisor Mark Farrell has called a hearing at the board’s Neighborhood Services and Safety Committee. He is questioning the agency’s rationale for the meter expansion, and whether those plans include extension into residential neighborhoods. He also is requesting information on revenue projections from the meters.

Transit agency spokesman Paul Rose said the SFMTA has no intention of adding parking meters to any neighborhoods beyond those already identified. He said meters are just one tool the agency is considering for managing traffic in the Mission district and its surrounding neighborhoods. There are no plans to add meters to any residential areas, Rose said.

That might not be enough for opponents of the agency’s parking meter expansion plans. Mari Eliza of ENUF, an opposition group, said the agency should declare a moratorium on adding any new meters and instead focus on fixing Muni.

Today’s hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the board chamber at City Hall.

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