@Commuter: Enjoy the 1.5 hr drive each way... or maybe do us all a favor and just move to Palo Alto? Free up some housing here in the city for people who bike and use Muni and don't feel like they deserve free parking on demand
@Mary: "Yesterday was Sunday. You paid ZERO at the meters." Pwned.
@Sfreptile: Last I checked you don't own the road in front of your house, so why are you entitled to money the city charges for parking on it? Why do you, or I, or anyone else have an inherent right to store their 100sqft+ car on public property in front of our houses?Charging a big apartment an annual fee for curb cuts really doesn't do much to discourage curb cuts, since they may have 100+ units sharing the cost. Your $100 fee for a curb cut doesn't go even an inch towards the city recovering lost meter revenue as a result of your curb cut, it should probably be more like $1,500 a year. Again, the big apartment building wins out here since they have so many units sharing one little curb cut.
As far as I'm concerned BART has no surplus. Stations need refurbishing. Service frequency needs to be increased, especially later at night. Trains are old, and they have cloth seats that harbor bacteria. The lines should be extended further in the East Bay. There are plenty of things BART should be doing with the money. AFAIK, the money I pay to BART every month (about $200, as a frequent commuter), is well worth the service I get. I'd much sooner BART keep its "surplus" and make service better.
It's hard to resist the allure of automation if it means that the ferry service stands a fighting chance of being financially viable, and therefore of even existing.
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