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Don't let the SFMTA "privatize" our streets and repeat Chicagos Parking Meter Catastrophe
In December 2008, the city of Chicago, Illinois leased for 75 years its 36,000-space parking meter system to Chicago Parking Meters LLC. The firm, which is owned primarily by Private Investors made a one-time, $1.16 billion up-front payment for the right to collect meter revenue for the life of the deal. In Chicago’s case, Mayor Richard Daley sold 75 years of meter revenue – worth an estimated $5 billion – for $1.2 billion.
The procurement process lacked transparency and was rushed, as the city's Inspector General later concluded. Within months, parking rates soared and many meters were malfunctioning or mislabeled. Chicago residents complained about the difficulty of parking in the city, while business owners watched their retail traffic decline. The end result of this deal has been a catastrophe for Chicagos residents who now pay the highest parking meter rates in the United States.
Chicagos Parking 2013 Parking Meter Rates:
Additional Details posted at The Expired Meter
How does all of this relate to the citizens of San Francisco?
In 2011 Mayor Ed Lee told the SFBay Citizen:
"The financial plight of the city of San Francisco is so dire, that if around $300 million to $400 million in cuts to employee pension and health care costs are not achieved, the city could face bankruptcy as soon as five years from now."
The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) recently posted a 5 year strategic plan that outlines a
1.7 Billion Dollar structural deficit. The SFMTA also recently signed a 5 year 43 Million dollar contract with the same private company that is managing Chicago's parking meters. Under this contract, the company will provide parking meter operation support services for meter management systems and infrastructure, and the daily collection and reconciliation of parking meters. The SFMTA has already started throttling parking meter prices, extending parking meter hours, and operating meters on Sundays. San Francisco citizens fear that the SFMTA is already on a collision course to repeat Chicago's parking meter catastrophe.
Attached is a Request for Proposal 10-16-12Item10.4parkingmeterprocurementRFP.pdf by SFMTA which, covers the procurement of 25,000 single-space parking meters and gives SFMTA the option to purchase up to an additional 10,000 single space meters and up to 200 paystation meters (which equates to an aggregate total of something like up to 12,000 possible additional metered spaces).
Below is an excerpt from the RFP
This Request for Proposals (RFP) covers the procurement of 25,000 single-space parking meters (also referred to as Meter Mechanisms), 300 multi-space paystations (Paystations) and associated back-end support software systems for each type of parking enforcement device. Software systems will be used in tracking maintenance and revenue, and to program the equipment for variable rate and special event pricing. The Contract will also include the option to purchase an additional 10,000 single-space parking meters and 200 Paystations.
The contract award is subject to approval by the Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors and the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco.
The contract shall have an original term of five years. In addition, SFMTA shall have the option to extend the term for a period of up to two years, which SFMTA may exercise in its sole, absolute discretion.
These spaces, if ordered per the future contract, would be completely new and in addition to existing spaces (the RFP calls for replacement of 25,000 existing meters and 300 existing paystations).
How can you provide input to the City:
Once a company is selected and a proposed contract negotiated, it must be approved by both the SFMTA Board of Directors and the Board of Supervisors. The public should have an opportunity to comment at both of these hearings.
No matter which company is selected, you and members of your community may want SFMTA to ask where they plan to put these 12,000 future metered spaces that they are giving themselves the ability to call for. In addition, before the existing meters are replaced, you may wish to ask the City to evaluate its current parking meter program and reform and fix problems first.
Also, since the private company Serco is the current city contractor on most or all of its parking meter contracts, it is reasonable to assume that there is good chance that Serco will be selected. If Serco is selected, that will give a further opportunity for concerned citizens to voice concerns they may have regarding whether there are as yet uninvestigated conflicts of interest with respect to Serco employees who work at SFMTA and who help them implement parking management proposals that put new meters into the City. Other citizens may have concerns about the actions that Serco has undertaken in other parts of the US and the world and may want those considered as well.
Below is the schedule that was in the RFP. It contemplates that a company will be selected and a proposed contract negotiated in the very near future and that it would be brought before the SFMTA Board of Directors in May 2013 and before the Board of Supervisors in June 2013.
If you are interested in this, you and those in your community should keep track of this process and consider availing yourselves of this opportunity to have the City pause and consider its overall "parking management strategy", including consideration of safeguards against meters in residential neighborhoods.
The projected schedule for selecting a Contractor is: Phase
RFP Issued by the SFMTA
October 17, 2012
November 1, 2012
Deadline for submission of written questions or requests for clarification.
November 30, 2012
January 4, 2013, 2 p.m.
*Oral Interviews and Demonstrations by Short Listed Firms
March 1, 2013
SFMTA Board Approval of Contract
Board of Supervisors Approval of Contract
Tags: San Francisco Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, historic preservation, comprehensive planning, Public Private Partnerships
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