Metering neighborhoods to support an improvident MTA
Good rant about parking meters below that has already appeared as a comment to Streetsblog. For essential context, add the fact that San Francisco taxpayers---through the MTA and the SFCTA---are contributing $287,690,000 to the Central Subway project, even as the MTA threatens Muni service reductions and higher fares. And recall that Muni boss Ed Reiskin is an anti-car bike guy:
SF Park is an EPIC FAILURE! Jay Primus and the rest of the SFMTA are not listening to the residents!! SF Park came through my neighborhood in SOMA and replaced half of the Residential (Y) Zone parking with meters. The end result is that taxpaying city residents can no longer park their cars near their homes, apartments, and businesses. The city is effectively *RE-TAXING* residents through the use of these job-killing meters. The epic failure is that NO ONE IS PARKING AT THE METERS along the Caltrain line Near Townsend and 6th street. Residents on Bluxome Street now have to park our cars up to 4 blocks away from our homes or pay $2.00 an hour to park at the meters to bring in groceries or off load our children. Is it any wonder why families have given up on San Francisco? It is a huge inconvenience to the businesses and residents in my neighborhood and its made SOMA a less desirable place to rent, own real estate, or operate a business.
The residents see this as a money grab by the SFMTA who rammed these meters through without regard for the needs or input of our neighborhood. The city takes away street parking from hardworking residents so that the SFMTA can build websites and useless smartphone apps that require a $100 a month cell phone plan. This is class warfare that favors the wealthiest residents of the city and penalizes poorer, working class citizens who have less money and education.
SF Park states that they use "innovative technology and advanced pricing strategies." I say that residents should not have to own a smart phone or be digitally literate in order to park their cars. If you are elderly, disabled, or on a fixed income, you will be forced to take MUNI to get around the city.
The SFMTA used a $19.4 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration to add 6,000 metered parking spaces, bilk motorists, and expand city government. This de facto tax threatens to price residents out of their neighborhoods and decimate small businesses. More than 1 in 3 of San Francisco's nearly 27,000 city workers earned $100,000 or more last year. The revenue from these new meters will only benefit the pockets and pension plans of city employees. Residents in other parts of the city should fight this fascism and not allow these meters to be installed. The people who implemented this poorly run project should be ousted from their six figure, app-writing ivory towers and replaced with people who are willing to work with residents.