SF Parking Garages Hike Prices During BART Strike

Parking garages are raising rates for parkers during the BART strike.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013  |  Updated 12:59 PM PDT
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Rates are rising for parking thanks to the BART strike.

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Parking garages in San Francisco are raising prices for motorists forced into their cars during the BART strike, according to reports.

Private parking garages in San Francisco -- where a ticket for an expired parking meter is $74, highest in the country -- are charging up to $60 a day to park during the BART strike, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

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One Howard Street lot went from $25 to $30. An Embacadero lot was charging $50 for the day, the newspaper reported.

Car traffic in downtown was "fairly light," according to the newspaper, and publicly-owned garages -- whose prices are regulated -- were 80 percent full.

One garage had a "$40 to park all day" sign, with the old sign visible underneath. Its price: $25, the newspaper reported.

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