SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is poised to approve a new two-year budget Tuesday with good news for many of the city’s young riders, but bad news for those looking for free parking on Sundays.

The SFMTA’s Board President Tom Nolan warmed up to the idea of free rides for low-income youth during public hearings.

Nolan described listening to hours of testimony from low-income riders and how Muni is vital to them and the difficulty they have coming up with the money.

“I was very touched by it,” Nolan said.

But that same budget that shows compassion for some would eliminate free meters on Sundays for others.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

Mayor Ed Lee would like to keep them free, but has said it just isn’t possible.

“They really need to generate funds not only to bridge the gap – they actually have to have some additional funds to get to the maintenance of their assets,” said Lee.

In order to raise revenue, there have been a dozen mid-management layoffs and plans are in the works to add 500 more parking meters.

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Comments (3)
  1. Dana E says:

    How many more low income people am I expected to pay for?! We already pay high taxes, health surcharges, and high parking meter rates as it is. Now you want me to plug the meter for an entire day that I’m not working. I already have to pay $1,456/yr for the meters in my neighborhood. With roughly 52 Sundays a year at $18/dy, you want to gouge me for another $936/yr? I’m barely considered middle class and the city’s “give away everyone’s else’s money” policies will make me low income. When is the city going to start giving me free services, rather than making me work for it?! This garbage about “Oh, your parent’s keep having kids they can’t afford, so here’s some “free money” to ride the bus is getting realy old. You know what? It isn’t free! It’s coming out of my pocket left and right.

  2. Mike says:

    This is ridiculous. The same punks who shower muni with graffiti and garbage will ride for free? Time for a ballot measure to end this nonsense by the people against the tyranny of those who thing that the working people of San Francisco are ATMs for the City to make withdrawals from.

  3. Vincent Chew says:

    until residents change their way of voting these losers into Office, the quicker things will change. Otherwise, move to another city.

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