The three-day music festival Outside Lands was a bonanza for music lovers, but by the end of the weekend traffic tickets and ride-hail prices were booming as well.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency reported it issued more than 360 tickets Friday and Saturday for parking violations in the avenues surrounding Golden Gate Park, where the concert rocked on.
Specifically, those violations include parking in bus zones, double parking, blocking driveways, blocking traffic, parking on the sidewalk, parking in a crosswalk and parking in red zones.
The SFMTA issued 188 citations Friday and 173 Saturday, according to the agency. The number of tickets issued Sunday was not available.
Still, SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose said these citations were “higher than a normal day in this location and at this time,” and the spike was due to Outside Lands attendees.
Uber and Lyft drivers reported taking the brunt of tickets in public forums online.
On the popular ride-hail forum UberPeople.net, one UberX driver, Moo Moo, advised fellow ride-hail drivers to obey the law , adding, “You have been warned.”
Though the parking tickets ($288 for parking in a Muni red zone, for instance) took a chunk out of some drivers’ profits, others made it back in spades.
Peggy Butler of San Rafael complained to Uber via Twitter that her 17-year-old daughter was slapped with a $112 “surge” charge to get home from Outside Lands, compared to a usual price of $40.
“I guess people just accept their gouging,” she wrote to the San Francisco Examiner on Twitter.
Surging is a function of Uber that calculates how high demand is for cars in a particular location, and raises prices to draw more drivers to that location.
By contrast, Lyft seemed to avoid charging for “prime time,” according to drivers, and Lyft spokesperson Tim Rathschmidt said that was because “we worked to make sure enough drivers were on the road to fulfill demand.”
Meanwhile, Muni may have fared better than the ride-hails.
Muni’s ridership was up by 3,000 riders compared to last year’s Outside Lands festival, Rose said.
More than 68,000 people took Muni to and from Outside Lands this year, he said, compared to 65,000 riders last year.