S.F. Mayor: Bring Back Free Sunday Parking

Mayor Ed Lee wants the parking meters turned off on Sundays.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014  |  Updated 1:35 PM PDT
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Free parking may be returning to Sundays.

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Free the parking.

Mayor Ed Lee is in favor of a return to the free old days, when parking in San Francisco on Sundays didn't require feeding the meter, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Paid parking in the city on Sundays is a relatively recent innovation, with the revenue from meters and from parking tickets (mostly tickets) helping to pay for Muni.

Now, the mayor feels that the bills have been paid: Paid parking was supposed to bring in $1.7 million but has brought in $6 million, mostly thanks to the $72 tickets.

Those tickets were "nickel and diming people to death," he told the newspaper.

Finally, someone who gets it.

Lee needs the backing of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to approve the rollback but he already has some buy-in, the newspaper reported.

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