Supes’ opinion on Sunday metering sought 

Before a pilot project goes forward to enforce meters on Sunday in five different neighborhoods, the members of the Board of Supervisors whose districts are affected should offer their feedback on the plan, according to a member of the Municipal Transportation Agency’s governing body.

The MTA is considering a proposal to enforce Sunday meters in five neighborhoods — the Marina, Inner Richmond, Hayes Valley, West Portal, and a portion of the Financial District — as part of a 90-day pilot project that would begin June 1.

The MTA, which oversees traffic operations in The City, has projected a citywide roll-out of the Sunday meter enforcement would net $2.8 million for the agency, which is facing a $19 million shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year.

To increase its outreach approach — and to alleviate some of the potential backlash facing the MTA — board member Malcolm Heinicke has suggested offering the five supervisors affected by the pilot program the opportunity to publicly “opt in” and support the plan. Subsequently, if any of the board members strongly oppose the Sunday metering plans, the MTA would be able to take that into consideration.

The supervisors whose districts are being eyed for Sunday meter enforcement are David Chiu, Sean Elsbernd, Ross Mirkarimi, Michela Alioto-Pier and Eric Mar.

While Mayor Gavin Newsom has expressed concern about the proposal, members of the Board of Supervisors have largely taken a back seat on the matter. Advocates of the Sunday meter plan say the paid spaces would help local businesses because they encourage car turnover and open up parking spots.

Supervisor Eric Mar, whose district includes the Inner Richmond neighborhood, an area with 825 parking meters, said he wasn’t ready to make a commitment for or against the Sunday meter proposal.

“A lot of my constituents are feeling like this is another example of them getting nickel-and-dimed, but I also understand the dire situation the MTA is facing,” Mar said.

While the MTA is considering the Sunday meter extension, the proposal has not been finalized. Staff officials are currently involved in outreach efforts with area merchants and neighbors and the decision to go forward with the proposal depends on neighborhood reactions to the plan.

If the pilot project is approved, many of the Sunday meters would feature technology backed by the MTA’s SFpark program, a new technology-based initiative to decrease congestion and increase occupancy rates. Aspects of SFpark include longer meter hours, parking sensors, variable pricing rates and multiple payment methods.

The meter’s running

Sunday meter enforcement may be rolled out to several neighborhoods in The City as soon as June 1. An official for the Muncipal Transportation Agency wants the members of the Board of Supervisors to weigh in on the extended enforcement day.

Supervisor: Eric Mar
District: 1
Neighborhood targeted: Inner Richmond
Parking meters: 825

Supervisor: Michela Alioto-Pier
District: 2
Neighborhood targeted: Union and Chestnut streets
Parking meters: 830

Supervisor: David Chiu
District: 3
Neighborhood targeted: Northern sector of Financial District
Parking meters: 445

Supervisor: Ross Mirkarimi
District: 5
Neighborhood targeted: Hayes Valley
Parking meters:

Supervisor: Sean Elsbernd
Neighborhood targeted: West Portal
Parking meters: 289

Source: SFMTA

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