SFMTA to Debut Evening Metering and Event Meter Rates Near AT&T Park on Monday, March 4
Contact: Paul Rose
New policy intends to improve parking availability and reduce congestion by preventing circling for on-street parking during events.
SAN FRANCISCO (February 19, 2013) —To better manage increasing parking and traffic demand, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will debut evening metering and event rates at meters in the blocks around AT&T Park on Monday, March 4.
Meters on blocks within walking distance of AT&T Park will operate until 10pm Monday to Saturday and be priced lower on non-event nights. These changes will make more parking spots available in South Beach and Mission Bay, especially during events, and help reduce congestion by discouraging circling for parking near the ballpark. Circling pollutes the air, slows Muni buses trying to move through the area, and provides more opportunities for conflicts with people on foot or on bicycles. Managing parking to reduce circling reduces all of those adverse impacts.
Rates at SFMTA meters after 6pm will be set at $0.25/hr, except during events. The first event with special meter rates is the World Baseball Classic at AT&T Park, which runs March 17-19. During events, metered parking will cost $5 or $7 per hour, depending on proximity to AT&T Park.
“The evolving nature of this neighborhood compels us to implement effective strategies to ease traffic congestion and provide parking availability,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin. “Appropriately pricing parking on our public streets makes sense and supports the city’s Transit First policy, especially in this growing neighborhood that is home to AT&T Park and many special events.”
The new metered parking policies in and around AT&T Park will help to make parking management policies in the neighborhood more consistent and effective. Evening metering and event rates have been in effect at meters owned by the Port of San Francisco for three years, and have been used successfully in other cities. Several modifications were made to the original plan based on community input from area residents, merchants and developers.
Drivers can find complete information about the changes, including a 2013 event calendar and a map of evening and event rates at SFpark.org/events. A downloadable version of the press-ready images can be found at SFpark.org/eventsimages.
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