Get Ready – Sunday Parking Meters Coming to SF on 1/6/13!

As of January 6, 2013, all SFMTA parking meters in San Francisco will be enforced on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., with four-hour time limits.

Meters at Fisherman’s Wharf will continue to operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Meters in Port of San Francisco jurisdiction (along the waterfront and some side streets) will continue to operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

2. Parking has always been free on Sunday. Why charge now?

Parking has traditionally been free on Sundays since parking meters were first installed in the 1940s. At that time, most businesses were closed on Sundays, so there was no need to use parking meters to create parking availability. Now, parking demand is the same on Sundays as on Saturdays, so San Francisco is finally updating its parking management to help businesses and motorists.

Operating meters is common in other cities. Some examples include: Los Angeles, Vancouver, Sausalito, Portland, Glendale, Toronto, Charlotte, Chicago, Santa Monica, and Tampa.

The primary goal in charging for parking is to make sure that motorists can easily find a place to park in commercial areas, which is currently very hard on Sundays. Making it easier to find a parking space on Sundays is good for business, motorists, and the transportation system. By reducing the amount of time motorists search for parking, we can achieve a variety of other benefits, including:

  • Reduced frustration for all motorists.
  • More successful neighborhood commercial districts, which rely on parking availability for many of their customers.
  • Reduced traffic congestion, which in turn results in faster Muni travel times.
  • All meter revenue returns to the SFMTA to help fund Muni. Investing in Muni speed, frequency and reliability improvements can help reduce parking demand, freeing up more spaces for those who need them.

3. Is the SFMTA adding any newly metered spaces as part of metering on Sundays?

No. This change is only for existing parking meters.

4. I go to worship services on Sundays, where there are meters. Will I have to pay at the meter?

Yes. From noon to 6 p.m., meters will be in effect and everyone will have to pay, whether the meter is outside a place of worship, a business, or another location. The SFMTA’s Parking Control Officers (PCOs) will enforce meters on Sundays just as they do on other days of the week.

5. What if a service starts at 11 a.m.? Will I have to run out to pay the meter?

No. Meters will be programmed for prepayment so you can pay even if you arrive before the meter is in effect. For example, if you arrive at 10 a.m. and need to stay until 2 p.m., you can pay at 10 a.m. for two hours starting at noon when the meter goes into effect. Prepayment can begin at 4:30 a.m. at any SFMTA meter as of January 6, 2013.

Additional explanation:

If the meter is $2 per hour and you put $4 in the meter at 10 a.m., the meter will show payment until 2 p.m. (10 a.m. to 12 p.m. free and $2 each for 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.)

6. What if service lasts three hours? Will my meter expire after 1 or 2 hours?

No. You will be able to pay for four hours of meter time on Sundays.

7. How much will parking cost on Sunday?

Meter rates on Sundays will be the same as they are on Saturday.


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