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RestoringTransportationBalanceinSanFrancisco

With79%ofSanFranciscohouseholdsowningorleasinganautomobileandnearly50%ofSanFranciscanswhowork
outside of their homes driving or carpooling to work, it is time for the Mayor, the Supervisors, and the San Francisco
MunicipalTransportationAgency(SFMTA)BoardtorestoreabalancedtransportationpolicyforallSanFranciscans.
Balanced transportation policies would better serve San Francisco motorists, pedestrians, first responders, taxi
riders,Muniriders,andbicyclists,andaddresstheuniqueneedsofthedisabled,seniors,andfamilieswithchildren.
TheBoardofSupervisorscreatedaTransitFirstpolicyin1973.In1999,theSFMTAwascreated.Itsunelectedboard
wasgrantedexclusiveauthoritytodictatetheCitystransportationpolicies.Sincethen,theTransitFirstpolicyhasmorphed
into one that favors only public transportation and bicycles, to the exclusion of any other mode of transportation.
Nevertheless,amajorityofSanFranciscanswanttheautomobileoptionforitsconvenience,personalsafety,andfreedomof
movement.
The City has eliminated thousands of offstreet and onstreet parking spaces through new construction and the
creation of new bike lanes. The City also removed the requirement that one parking space be created for each new
residential unit constructed. To make matters worse, the SFMTA has not constructed a single new parkinggarage since the
1990s.TheseoutofbalancepolicieshavecontributedtoasevereshortageofparkingspacesintheCity.
Byeliminatingtrafficlanes,theCityhasincreasedtraveltimesformotorists,Muniriders,andfirstrespondersalike.
Thishascontributedtogreatercongestiononourstreets,therebyincreasinggreenhousegasemissions.
TheCityhassubstantiallyincreasedparkinggaragefees,meterrates,parkingticketfines,andthecostsofresidential
parkingpermits,whileexpandingthedaysandtimeswhenmetersareenforced.Today,motoristspayagreatershareofthe
SFMTAsbudgetthandoMuniriders.
MotoristsshareoffundingtheSFMTAwillcontinuetoriseifthevehiclelicensefeeistripled,asproposed;parking
meters are expanded into residential neighborhoods; and the City follows through on its plans to introduce variable meter
pricingtoeveryneighborhoodofSanFrancisco.

ItshallbethepolicyoftheCityandCountyofSanFranciscothat:

1. ParkingmetersshouldnotoperateonanyCityandCountyholidaylistedonsfgov.org,onSundays,oroutside
thehoursof9:00amto6:00p.m.CommencingJuly1,2015,feesforparkinggarages,meters,parkingtickets,
and neighborhood parking permits should be frozen for five years, allowing the City to annually adjust
thereafteronlyforConsumerPriceIndex(CPI)increases.
2. Theintroductionofparkingmetersorvariablemeterpricingintoneighborhoodswheretheycurrentlydonot
existshouldbeallowedonlyuponpetitionbythemajorityoftheaffectedhouseholdsandmerchants.
3 Aportionofanyadditionalparkingormotorists'feesandnewbondmoniesearmarkedfortheSanFrancisco
Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) should go to the construction and operation of neighborhood
parkinggarages.
4. AnyproposedreengineeringoftrafficflowsintheCityshouldaimtoachievesafer,smootherflowingstreets.
5. TrafficlawsshouldbeenforcedequallyforeveryoneusingSanFranciscosstreetsandsidewalks.
6. ThesevenmemberSFMTABoardshouldincludenotonlyfourregularridersofMuni,butafairrepresentation
of all transportation stakeholders, including motorists. The SFMTA should create a Motorists Citizens
AdvisoryCommitteeinadditiontoitsotheradvisorycommittees.
7. The Board of Supervisors shall make every reasonable effort to implement the components of this policy
throughappropriatelegislativeandadministrativeacts,includingbutnotlimitedtoactsrelatingtoenacting,
repealing,reconciling,amending,and/oramelioratingthecomponentsofthispolicywithotherexistinglaws,
regulations,andpoliciesoftheCity&CountyofSanFrancisco,aswellasseeking,encouraging,lobbyingfor,
and promoting appropriate changes in the laws, regulations, and policies of other jurisdictions that may
conflictwithimplementationofthecomponentsofthispolicy.