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Here’s the Real Reason our SFMTA Wants More “Convenient” Payment Options for Parking Meters – Charging up to Four Pounds of Nickels per Hour

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Look at the amount of work it takes to empty out parking meters:

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Here’s the long version. Back in the day, back in the 1990’s you could use pennies to feed parking meters in nearby San Rafael. Even back then, that was a little ridiculous oh well. At that time in Frisco, meters accepted nickels and dimes along with quarters, but then SFGov decided it didn’t pay to deal with nickels and dimes so we went QUARTERS ONLY. Well, that didn’t sit well with some, so after a little while, meters once again accepted nickels and dimes and that’s where we are today. Anywho, the big push these days is with using cards for payment. That way, the SFMTA doesn’t have to deal with collecting coins all the live-long day. Also, card payments makes things easier for the SFMTA to raise prices far in excess of inflation – a thing it loves to do of course.

Speaking of which, $18 per hour, which is the highest rate I can think of, maybe it’s higher these days, in parking meter fees = 72 quarters, which takes up a lot of space. And if you paid with nickels, then we’re taking about four pounds of metal per hour. But even at such high rates, it doesn’t really pay to hire more SFGov employees (average Total Cost Of Employment = six figures, and that doesn’t include all of the egregiously underfunded retirement/lifetime medical care costs), so these cheaper (minimum wage? Who knows) non-SFGov workers from SERCO will have to do…