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SFMTA releases 2011 meter rate and policy survey

SFpark Rate Change ImageRecently, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) released its annual survey of parking meter hourly rates, enforcement hours, and citation levels in 42 North American cities.

Major findings include:

  • San Francisco’s highest hourly meter rate was the 4th highest after Vancouver, Chicago, and New York City; but its lowest hourly meter rate was in the lowest quartile.
  • At $65, San Francisco and New York City share the highest citation amount.
  • 41 percent of cities meter on Sundays (up 20 percent from 2010). California cities metering on Sundays include Glendale, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Old Pasadena, Santa Monica, Sausalito, San Francisco (in Port of San Francisco jurisdiction), and Ventura.
  • Four cities have eliminated meter time limits at certain times, and nine cities extended time limits beyond three hours.

The survey is not prescriptive and does not take into account the variables of each city’s unique context (e.g., density, demographics, and regional population).

Click here to download the study