Fee increases, free Sunday parking take effect this week 

A number of fee increases -- the first in a series of changes approved in the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's budget -- take effect today, followed by the controversial elimination of Sunday parking meter enforcement at the end of this week.

Transit agency board members on April 15 passed a $943.2 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15 and a $962.6 million budget for fiscal year 2015-16. Slight increases for parking permits and other miscellaneous fees are scheduled to go into effect today.

Among those is a $1 increase for parking permits for resident, business, commercial, school, fire station, foreign consulate, and medical and childcare provider vehicles. They are set to cost $55 for six months or less and $110 for a year.

Parking and transit citation late penalties also increase by $1, to $29 after the first payment due date, $39 after the second payment due date and $45 for a special collection fee.

The budget change that will likely have the most impact takes effect Sunday, the first day the public will no longer have to pay for Sunday parking meters. The elimination, pushed by Mayor Ed Lee, drew criticism from groups including the Transit Riders Union and bicycle and pedestrian advocates, who expressed concerns of lost revenue to The City.

"Repealing Sunday parking meter operations is in response to the mayor's call to make San Francisco a little more affordable for people who live, work and visit the city," SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said.

Another wave of changes -- including a single-trip fare increase of a quarter to $2.25 and a $2 increase in the monthly Muni pass to $68 -- will go into effect Sept. 1.

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Jessica Kwong

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Jessica Kwong covers transportation, housing, and ethnic communities, among other topics, for the San Francisco Examiner. She covered City Hall as a fellow for the San Francisco Chronicle, night cops and courts for the San Antonio Express-News, general news for Spanish-language newspapers La Opinión and El Mensajero,... more
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