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MTA Board Approves Budget But Caves on Stronger Parking Enforcement
Posted By Susan Vaughan On May 1, 2009 @ 9:22 am In Bicycle Infrastructure,Muni,Muni Forward,Parking,SFMTA,Today's Headlines,Transit,Transit Advocacy,Transportation Funding | 25 Comments
“In making the rounds
with some of the supervisors, it became very clear that [parking
enforcement on Sundays] was very important to them,” said Tom Nolan,
the chair of the MTA Board of Directors, who proposed the parking
enforcement amendment. In particular, “Supervisor [Carmen] Chu didn’t like
the idea of enforcing parking in merchant corridors out in the avenues
next to residential areas.” He added that the Mayor’s office was also
in support of eliminating Sunday and evening enforcement.
“There was budget room to vote for [the amendment],” said Director Malcolm Heinicke after the meeting. “I remain interested in it as a revenue source…but we didn’t have a gun to our heads. I want to err on the side of more process and hear from more merchants.”
The directors declared a fiscal emergency April 7, allowing the MTA to waive all California Environmental Quality Act reviews, but perhaps because the proposal to eliminate plans to charge for parking at meters on Sundays was a surprise, Muni riders were not organized to oppose the amendment. However, in conversation during a break in the meeting, members of the public spoke.
“That’s not fair,” said Muni rider Patty Sweet. “[If] people choose to take their car instead of the bus, get the money from them.”
“We just lost a $9 million opportunity to restore service, “ said Paul Hogarth of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. “Those of us who have been fighting for transit justice have always been told, ‘We’re in a budget crisis.’ It’s really insulting to see [the directors] turn around and reject this proposal while raising fares at the same time.”
Director James McCray, Jr. voted against the proposed amendments and the overall budget. Expressing concern for 53-Southern Heights riders in Potrero Hill and 26-Valencia riders, McCray called his vote a protest vote, adding, “It’s difficult for me to decrease service and increase costs.”
The budget will now be considered at the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee on May 6 at 1:30 p.m.
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 Michael Rhodes. : http://www.flickr.com/photos/perambulations/3489709659/
 overall budget: http://www.sfmta.com/cms/rbudget2010/budgindx2010.htm
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