SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Early-bird discounts at downtown San Francisco parking garages could soon be on the chopping block, just one option for the cash-strapped San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Facing a $21.3 million deficit, SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said eliminating discounts for those who show up early at downtown garages could make the agency more than $7 million annually. But no final decision has been made yet.

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“As of right now, all the parking would be one standard price. This is something that we’re working on with our policy board, our MTA Board and management to discuss whether or not this is something to move forward with,” Rose said.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi:

The early-bird specials are currently available at 20 city-owned garages, even though the city’s planning code bans such deals.

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Rose said there will be extensive public outreach before any decision is made.

“This will be done in a very public way. We’d have to consult the stakeholders, the public and people driving in the city before we move forward,” he said.

Downtown business advocates are already lining up against the idea, saying it would punish employees who drive to work.

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