To: Mayor Ed Lee
CC: San Francisco Board of Supervisors; San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
From: San Francisco Transit Riders Union and supporters signing below
We oppose your proposal to end charging at parking meters on Sundays. Transit riders shouldn't have to sacrifice - both in degraded service and in the wallet - so that motorists can get free parking.
Ending Sunday metering will hurt transit riders:
- More motorists will be circling for parking and double parking, making Muni slower and less reliable
- It will deprive Muni of critical funding, which could result in:
- Less Muni service
- More waiting and crowding
- Higher fares
In addition, Sunday metering has been beneficial to both local businesses and motorists. An SFMTA study published in December 2013 indicated that after Sunday metering, drivers were able to find a parking spot twice as fast as before. In addition, parking turnover increase by at least 20 percent, helping more customers get to local businesses.
Mayor Lee: Support transit riders, local businesses, and motorists - continue the successful Sunday parking meters.
As well, there is a pro-Christian bias, by only ending a meter payment on the day most Christians take off work and
Mayor Lee proposes NO alternative to providing $$$ to fix the gap this would cause in the MTA budget
Shame on Mayor Lee —for poor planning, religious bias, and “gotcha” politics.