Today’s Headlines

  • Drunk Driver Goes Wrong Way on Bryant Street, Crashes Into Steps of SF Hall of Justice (KTVU, SFGate)
  • SFMTA to Raise Fees for Shuttle Operators Using Muni Stops to $3.55 Per Stop (Exam, SFGate, SFBay)
  • New Muni Metro Trains Up for Contract Vote; Renderings Unveiled (ABC, SFBay)
  • SFMTA Planning Protected Bike Lanes on the Embarcadero; Open House Next Week (SocketSiteSFist)
  • Donald Shoup: Give Residents Discounts at Parking Meters to Make Them More Palatable (SFGate)
  • SFMTA Updates Map of Proposed On-Street Car-Share Parking Spaces [PDF]
  • MonkeyParking, Other Apps Attempt to Negotiate With City Attorney to Operate Legally (Examiner, NBC)
  • Park Corner at Duboce and Steiner Could Get Revamped With Community Group Design (Hoodline)
  • Wondering Why the Escalator at 24th Street BART Has Been Busted? Mission Local Has Answers
  • Police: Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Wasn’t on Phone During Crash; Fault Undetermined (SFGate, ABC)
  • San Bruno Residents Mourn Death of Bernabe Lactawen, Killed by Driver on El Camino Real (KRON)
  • Bay Area Counties to Require Carpoolers to Use FasTrak to Use Highway Toll Lanes (Mercury News)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Wow another attack on carpools

  • Shoup’s idea of resident discounts is interesting, although I need to think about it a little more. Isn’t that similar to what Tony Kelly was suggesting in Potrero Hill?

  • randyw
  • Mario Tanev

    Yes, it’s similar, but his idea was that it would be free for residents. One advantage would be that then parking meters can be expanded into residential areas adjacent to commercial areas without infuriating residents.

    But the honest truth is that that won’t appease the likes of ENUF. They like to drive everywhere and park for free. Which means that even if they pay nothing or little close to home, they would hate paying when they go to a busy commercial corridor.

  • LOL
  • Sean Parker (Napster/Facebook) is a big funder ($49,000) of the “Restore Transportation Balance” initiative:

    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Car-thieves-hit-S-F-mayor-s-street-despite-5619071.php

    So, yeah- tech’s image problem is solved! Thanks, brogrammer-in-chief.

  • RoyTT

    Tony’s idea actually makes more sense because the opposition to meters in residential areas isn’t just the cost itself but the hassle of running out of your home to feed coins into meters.

    People accept the idea of paying to park in congested commercial areas because it increases the probability of actually being able to park there at all. But it’s a different matter when it comes to parking at or near your own home.

    So give residents a free pass to park in their metered neighborhood, which could be easily checked by their RPP, and residents may well support parking meters in the same way that they support RPP’s – because it makes it easier to park on your own street.

    I suspect residents would even pay more for the RPP if it gave them immunity from local meters.

    SFMTA’s resultant extra ability to then impose meters in residential areas should more than pay for any revenues lost from non-paying residents. The key is, after all, getting these new meters implemented in the first place, so why make obvious enemies? Everyone is happy for someone else to pay.