SFMTA board member wants agency to rethink holiday parking meter enforcement 

One board member of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors thinks the agency should rethink the way it enforces meter parking during the holidays.

The SFMTA began a program in 2010 to enforce parking meters on four holidays — Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day — that were previously free. The program has been a windfall of cash for the agency, and some critics have questioned the reasoning for the enforcement.

Jerry Lee, one of seven SFMTA board members, said he was walking in the Financial District during a recent holiday and saw some cars getting ticketed for parking in yellow loading zones, which are normally reserved for commercial vehicles, but were formerly free for all autos on holidays. Lee said that it seemed unfair that those cars were getting ticketed at a time when the Financial District was a “ghost town.”

At the SFMTA’s Policy and Governance committee meeting on Friday, Lee said that the agency should reconsider its holiday enforcement plans. The SFMTA should investigate whether some metered areas of The City could remain free during the holidays, or if private cars could possibly park in commercial spaces where there is little activity.

“I just want to make sure we’re doing this program for the right reasons,” Lee said.

The agency’s staff, while conceding it would be difficult to implement most changes, said they would consider those possibilities.


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