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SFMTA to Vote on Collecting Parking Meter Fees at Night

San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency is considering collecting parking meter fees at night.

Only the meters in the city's busiest areas would be charged at night, the San Francisco Examiner reported. Currently, people have to pay to park from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Most meter rates are between $2 and $2.50 an hour.

A decision would likely not be made until next month.

The proposal comes after the city on Tuesday moved to lower the fees for drivers who get their cars towed, which left the agency with a $3.5 million hole, the newspaper reported.

SFMTA staff anticipates a $13.5 million and $14.3 million budget shortfall in 2017 and 2018, respectively, according to budget reports.

In February, the fees for parking meters went up by 25 cents per hour. And the city charges for parking on Sundays in high traffic areas, including Fisherman's Wharf, the Embarcadero and near AT&T Park.

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