Get Ready to Pay More to Park and Ride Muni

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Starting July 1, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority will increase its prices for parking violations and Muni monthly fares as a way to "keep up with rising costs" of doing business.

One of the most notable fare hikes is the Adult Muni monthly pass, which will increase by $2 from $64 to $66. Daily Muni parking fees will increase by $1, and annual Muni parking passes will go up to $109 from $104, according to the SFMTA.

Parking and traffic violation fines will increase as well. What that means is if you illegally park in a wheelchair accessible spot, you will be fined $274, which is $7 more than what you would pay now. If you have one of those days and decide to ditch your car on the highway, you will have to pay a $223 citation, which is $6 more than what you're shelling out right now.

The biggest fine increase will be in removing that big ugly, yellow boot off your wheel if you are defiant enough to keep ignoring those repeated parking citations on your windshield. Currently, you would have to pay $300, but after the changes, that fine will be $312.

And finally, a citation for parking in an expired meter in downtown will cost as much as $75 starting July 1.

Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni, told us that riders should have been expecting these fee hikes as a part of the agency's two-year budget plan. The increases are based on the Bay Area consumer price index and SFMTA labor costs. "These programmed adjustments keep fare increases incremental and predictable and our fees and fine increases on pace with costs," Rose says.

More than 32 percent of San Franciscans rely on public transportation, according to the SFTMA. Additionally, an average of 694,294 people use Muni as a form of transportation every week.




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elizabethfrantes
elizabethfrantes

MUNI is a mess.  I say one way to raise cash in a hurry is end ALL FREE PARKING, ALL CITY CARS, no more free bus passes either!  If City workers, including the Mayor, "need" a car, they can pay full rate like everyone else and use their own vehicles.  And we need to end the insane expansion of SF, the infrastructure is already overloaded and the ocean is rising.  Time to kick the developers inland; they destroyed a great City (remember the Fox theater?  City of Paris building?  Free stuff to do?  Plenty of high wage blue collar jobs and cheap housing?  A real music scene?  Artistes?) and they've profited enough using other people's money to destroy too many lives.  We haven't got any sort of evacuation program in case of earthquake with the Presidio and TI gone.  We have gotten only one new fire station in 43 years, and at the same time, we have at least 5 fewer ERs and about half the ward space, that's after losing LAMC which had our only helicoptor pad.  And did I mention that the old Public Health hospital was suspposed to go to us, and it had a helipad already?  So .. where will anyone go?  Can't go inland like Fukushima.  Can't use the wharf anymore, and it's the collapse of the structures, not the event itself, that causes all the death and destruction.  Causality, people! 

Alice Wonderworld
Alice Wonderworld

NONE. Srsly, $2 for 1 1/2 hrs + the constant fear of getting a ticket. I just wish it was safer to bike..

Jessica Richardson
Jessica Richardson

I agree there are issues, but, honestly, I'm too thankful for what MUNI provides me than anything else. Having spent the majority of my life in places that don't have public transit, I know how inconvenient and expensive it really is.

Starchild
Starchild

How about if MUNI actually stopped the wasteful practice of leaving their buses idling, which a report published over 15 years ago found costs $670,000 a year and pumps the equivalent of 56,000 commuters' idling car engines worth of pollution into the atmosphere each day?

You can read about it in Joe Eskinazi's story in this same issue of SF Weekly:

http://www.sfweekly.com/2013-06-19/news/warming-up-muni-starts-its-wastefulness-early-every-morning/

But no, that might inconvenience MUNI staff a little bit. Easier to just stick it to the public with more fines and fare hikes.

Starchild
Starchild

MUNI must never balance its budget by cutting the pay of its generously-compensated employees, or delaying their raises. 

The only solution to any budget shortfall is to stick it to the public, either with service cuts, or with higher fares and fines.

This is the real meaning of the city's "transit first policy".

mlaroche
mlaroche

So a two person household who buys Muni monthlies and has one street permit will pay $53 more a year? Hardly breaking the bank.

Dallas DeBurger
Dallas DeBurger

Other major cities seem to be able to make their transportation systems work just fine. Something is seriously wrong with MUNI and a top down audit needs to be done.

Honey Katherine Badger
Honey Katherine Badger

So many people of all walks of life steal from muni. Dishonesty is pervasive among us. I pay. Every time.

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

This will be more kids tagging on busses!

Antoinette Young-Jonopulos
Antoinette Young-Jonopulos

Can we figure a way to regulate passengers to actually pay? Why should those of us who pay honestly every month get charged more? I don't want to spend my extra money on those who don't want to pay. I don't want to support those who get their constant free rides. Many of whom are the ones helping make the busses dirty or unsafe. This is a load of shit. It takes me 1.5 hours to get downtown from where I live (inner sunset) as it is! I'm already disgusted with muni.....but then again, what alternative do we have? Learn how to ride a bike with dangerous SF drivers, or walk all the way downtown to get to work/school? They know we're going to HAVE to pay..... Smh

Joshua Porter
Joshua Porter

MUNI is possibly the dirtiest, most unfriendly and unsafe public transportation in the country.

Carmichael Caudron
Carmichael Caudron

I support the free youth program. Anything to help good kids who need a hand. Hate to see children walk to school if they dont have 2 dollars. But as we pay more make us feel safe again by making everyone else pay and stop letting in drunks and druggies. Shouldn't be in our face since we pay for the service.

Carmichael Caudron
Carmichael Caudron

It's a joke. When i moved into SF the muni felt safe and friendly because no one dared to ride for free, now I still religiously buy my monthy passes while I see half of people just walking in without paying lol and most of these are dangerous folk and the atmosphere in the muni is fear and hostile now as a result. Ass backwards is never good.

Dallas DeBurger
Dallas DeBurger

Here we go! I knew that free MUNI for youth was going to cost.

aliasetc
aliasetc topcommenter

And on July 2nd all the overpaid scumbag sfmta workers get a raise, screw 'em!

MoreFarePoliceonMUNI
MoreFarePoliceonMUNI

Fine people who ride Muni without PAYING THE FARE! Arrest them and get them off Muni -- and Muni won't have to increase fares, won't have graffiti, won't have crime problems.

Charge everyone to RIDE MUNI. NO FARE JUMPERS and THUGS (no thanks to Supervisor Compost (communist).

More Muni Fare Patrols. More Security.

elizabethfrantes
elizabethfrantes

@mlaroche Maybe not to you, but it does make a huge difference to people already dealing with this bad economy.  Perhaps your rectocranial impaction was caused by an inability to empathize with others or to comprehend basic reality.

shiggie
shiggie

@Antoinette Young-Jonopulos It seems like we're going in the opposite direction, letting people getting on in any door.  From my experience, only about 30-40% of the people pay on the 38.

Everyone gets on in the front, everyone move to the back or the bus doesn't move and a  camera so the driver can see if it's really that crowded that no one else can get in.  Still not perfect, but I'm sick of the freeloaders as well.

Starchild
Starchild

@Antoinette Young-Jonopulos - Maybe you should learn what many San Franciscans already have. MUNI disrespects you and rips you off, return the favor and don't pay.

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

@Joshua Porter You clearly need to get out more.

elizabethfrantes
elizabethfrantes

@Carmichael Caudron Carmie, dearie, it's those "children" who commit almost all the crime on MUNI and do ALL the tagging.  All children aren't "good" as anyone who's had the misfortune to ride MUNI when school gets out.  They act like a pack of rabid wolverines.  The bus drivers can't do much of anything because they get beat down by those "children" on a regular basis.  I support making YOU pay for those "children" and making YOU ride the buses when those "children" begin robbing and tagging.  

shiggie
shiggie

@Carmichael Caudron How old are you?!?

Starchild
Starchild

@MoreFarePoliceonMUNI - You'll just end up paying more because you'll be paying their salaries too. The thugs will get jobs working security, give you attitude while riding the bus, and be impossible to fire.

elizabethfrantes
elizabethfrantes

@shiggie I doubt CC lives here or rides MUNI or s/he would realize that it's those "children" who create the most danger and do the most damage and really haven't been paying fares anyway. 

elizabethfrantes
elizabethfrantes

@Starchild @MoreFarePoliceonMUNI Nor will they have the gonads to stand up to the packs of "chidlren" running amok making MUNI as filthy and dangerous as it is.  Remember the Pink Palace?  Worst crime zone in the City.  They got rid of "families", filled it with seniors, and the crime rate went down almost to zero.  

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