Muni To Begin Charging Workers For Parking

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Many San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency employees will have to pay to park in the coming months.

Muni officials voted unanimously on Wednesday to write $55 tickets to employees caught parking in a SFMTA lot without an $80 a month permit.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

Workers who have free parking as part of their union contract would be exempt, but Muni said operators will have to pay up as of March 1.

Transportation Workers Union President Rafael Cabrera said the new rules are unfair.

“Some of us come at 3:30 in the morning. Some of us come at 4 or 5. Some of us get off late at night,” he said.

Disability and transit activist Bob Planthold spoke out for Muni drivers and agreed with Cabrera.

“How can you charge some and not others? How can you charge all when some have no alternative?” Planthold said.

The MTA Board also voted to limit free parking at broken meters to two hours.

The board also gave nannies, babysitters and other childcare providers a break by voting to let them buy residential parking permits on a trial basis.

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  1. LZ says:

    If they charge drivers then they should charge all Muni officials too. It is the drivers that keep all these people in their jobs. They work at all kinds of different hours, for really long hours, this is not an 8 hour a day job. It could be 4, it could be 16, you may know your shift for the day, or you may not know it till 2 hours before it happens. It should be free to the drivers, because many have no other way to get to work, and no extra time to make it on shift on time, without driving. Now the Muni officials who work a 9-5 or a regular set up shift…they are the ones who should pay. They are using the drivers as scape-goats… the drivers should all just walk out… show this City why they need you… that you are there to help them get around. I don’t think you get paid enough for all the stuff you have to put up with. Who really loses is all the poor, and green minded people, that use the Muni system all the time. The people who voted for ‘G’ must drive every where, because there are a LOT more cars in this City now, or you moved here from someplace that didn’t respect the bus system. I grew up here and have always known what a hard thankless job working in the Muni/or any Transit System can be.
    S.F. DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT MUNI DRIVERS ARE THE ONES DRAINING THE MONEY FROM THIS CITY… PLEASE USE/GET SOME COMMON SENSE… YOU ARE ATTACKING THE WORKING STIFFS WHO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE ON YOUR OPTIONS FOR GETTING AROUND… WHO WILL BE NEXT… GARBAGE WORKERS… WATER WORKERS… HOSPITAL WORKERS… TEACHERS???

    1. Tony says:

      Bus Operators get no Respect or Appreciation from most of the General Public.
      So they rely on getting a little from their Company.It really boosts Morale too.

  2. Hap says:

    I guess they’ll have to take the bus to work.

  3. STE says:

    TO ALL THE MUNI DWEEBS, YOU PEOPLE HAVE SOME STINKING NASTY ROTTEN PATHETIC NERVE PULLING SUCH A STUNT LIKE THIS ON ALL OF YOUR MUNI BUS DRIVERS! IT JUST PLAIN STINKING SUCKS ENOUGH THAT ALL YOUR MUNI BUS OPERATORS HAVE TO NAVIGATE THRU SUCH STREETS AS MARKET ST., GEARY BL., 19TH AV., VAN NESS AV., SLOAT BL., 3RD AV., ET. AL., CHARGING FOR PARKING IS FAR BEYOND THE LAST THING ALL YOUR MUNI BUS OPERATORS EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER NEED IN A DAY! I JUST HOPE THAT BOTH THE SAN FRANCISCO RESIDENTS & THAT ALL THE MUNI BUS OPERATORS ALL REVOLT AGAINST YOU MUNI DWEEBS, & NOT ONLY THAT, I JUST HOPE THAT THE MAYOR TAKES THE SIDES OF BOTH THE MUNI BUS OPERATORS & ALL THE RESIDENTS OF SAN FRANCISCO! THIS IS JUST TOO PATHETIC!

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