San Francisco drivers will no longer be charged at parking meters on Sundays after the policy was revoked by the Municipal Transportation Agency.
Sunday parking was free at meters until city officials decided to charge for parking last spring from noon to 6pm on Sundays.
Mayor Ed Lee advocated to revoke the plan, which generated $11 million in annual revenue, in an effort to win favor with voters who will be asked to pony up for another expensive tax measure in November, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Before the MTA board vote Tuesday, the mayor had reiterated that continuing to charge for Sunday parking sends the wrong message to the public as key votes loom in the November election on a $500 million bond measure to finance transportation infrastructure and on a separate vehicle license fee hike,” the Chronicle reported today.
Finding one more way to rest on the wrong side of public opinion, BART board member Tom Radulovich encouraged city officials to stick with the plan, according to the Chronicle.
Radulovich, also a member of Sunday Streets organizer Livable City says, “Transit riders are not getting the service they deserve.” (Likely a gross understatement for most regular Muni and BART riders).
Pedestrian advocates also opposed the change, saying the revenue could be used to help prevent pedestrian deaths—a major problem in San Francisco so far this year.
Meters are scheduled to be free again on Sundays starting July 1.