Most parking meters in the city are not enforced between the hours of
6:00 p.m. and 6 a.m. which means from early evening through the following early morning.
The effect of this non-enforcement is that cars
may park free during those hours.
In addition, many parking meters
are not enforced on Sundays. Again this allows cars to park free
all day Sundays.
that the periods of free parking are vital for them to do business.
If those hours were reduced, they claim, their businesses would be harmed.
claim to require overnight free parking because they lack private
garage parking. They too claim they will be harmed if those hours of free parking are
Riders of public transit claim to be harmed every time fares are increased, and every
time service is reduced. Riders of public transit are never allowed to ride for free
except for New Years Eve. And the SFMTA is currently considering further
What is good for the goose is good for the gander. In all fairness, if cars can park
free during certain hours, then public transit should be free during the same hours.
Why should someone have to thread between two cars that are parked free in order
to pay to board a bus?
Why should someone be late because a paid bus ride is delayed because a car is
parallel parking into a free parking space?
Why should someone pay for a bus ride to a store, when that same person could
drive to the same store and park free?
Why not make everyone happy and make everything free from 6:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m every
day? That is, free for both public transit and parking. After all, fair is fair.