What Little Parking Relief You Had in San Francisco Is About to End
In most American suburbs, Sunday is a chance for respite, which means driving from strip mall to strip mall, consuming crap. But in San Francisco, Sunday respite comes in the form of free parking and a nice mimosa brunch.
Sadly, that one day local drivers can count on to be stress-free will be no more starting this Sunday, when the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency rudely begins forcing drivers to pony up for parking.
Now for the good news: You will get to sleep in without sweating about moving your car by 8 a.m. on Sundays.
Under the new Sunday rules, drivers won't have to start paying for parking meters until noon everywhere in the city.The only exceptions will be Fisherman's Wharf, where meters will continue to operate on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (we gotta make those tourists pay!), and in the Port of San Francisco's jurisdiction along the waterfront, where they will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
All parking meters will have at least four-hour time limits on Sundays, giving you plenty of time to have your mimosa brunch.
SFMTA is trying to ease drivers into the new austere Sunday rules, with plans to only issue warnings to cars at expired meters this Sunday, as well as Jan. 13 and 20. Full-on parking enforcement will start later this month, so save your change or set aside money for parking tickets.
Happy New Year!