Getting to Giants games could be more costly for fans this season 

click to enlarge Pricier meters will cut into your peanuts and Cracker Jack budget this baseball season if you plan on parking near AT&T Park. - ANNA LATINO/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Anna Latino/Special to the S.F. Examiner
  • Pricier meters will cut into your peanuts and Cracker Jack budget this baseball season if you plan on parking near AT&T Park.

By land or by sea, it’s going to cost baseball fans a little bit more to get to the ballpark to watch the world champion Giants this season.

The rates for parking meters near the ballpark will become more expensive and have longer enforcement hours, and fares for special event ferry service to the park are poised to increase by $2.

Starting March 4, meters within walking distance of the park will have their operating hours extended until 10 p.m., according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages traffic policies in The City.

The rates at the meters will vary depending on whether the Giants are playing, but during home games and other special events at the park, hourly costs are expected to range from $5 to $7. When the stadium is empty, parking rates will dip to 25 cents an hour after 6 p.m., although the cost could be adjusted upward if demand is high.

The first event to feature the more expensive evening rates will be the World Baseball Classic, an international competition slated for March 17-19.

The increased price during busy times is a tool to better manage congestion and traffic, according to the transit agency.

Along with the parking rate hikes, ferries that go straight to the ballpark are set to become more expensive.

Tickets.com, the online company that sells the passes for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District’s popular service, had proposed charging a $1.50 service fee for online purchases and a $3.50 surcharge for fares bought over the phone. To make things equitable, the district and Tickets.com agreed to tack on a $2 surcharge for all purchases. The price of the ferry ride would increase from $9 to $11, but it would not generate any extra revenue for the bridge district.

The district is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the fare increase proposal March 7. If approved, the new rates would take effect by the start of this season, district spokeswoman Mary Currie said. The Giants’ home opener is scheduled for April 5 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The special event fare for the ferry service was scheduled to increase by 50 cents this season, from $9 to $9.50. That fee increase would be deferred until November if the $2 surcharge plan is approved.

Last season, more than 92,000 passengers used the Giants ferry service, which departs from Larkspur.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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