Guess which city has the most expensive parking tickets?
From a story on priceonomics:
San Francisco has the the most expensive parking tickets in the entire United States... In fact, at $74 a pop, the city's standard parking tickets are the most expensive in the country---by nearly $10. To put this fee into perspective, Boston, which has roughly the same land area and a slightly smaller population, only charges $25, one-third of SF's fine, for a meter violation (San Francisco Parking Meters: A $130MM Industry).
The story provides the latest numbers on how much the city makes from parking meters and parking tickets:
Note how much more the city makes on parking tickets than it does on parking meters.
But the story doesn't include numbers that show even more income that City Hall and the MTA get from preying on motorists who drive what the bike people call "death monsters": $39 million[Later: Actually, that was more than $80 million when I made this post] from the 20 parking garages the city owns and $9 million from the residential parking program. Add it all up, and the city makes more than $182 million every year from those who drive in San Francisco (Transportation Fact Sheet).
Another number to keep in mind: there are more than 5,000 people working in the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
Thanks to Meter Madness for the link.