Parking near Sandbox Suites South Park is getting pricier in the evenings and during events at the ballpark starting next month, transit officials announced Tuesday.
Just a few days ago on March 4, meters began to remain operating until 10 p.m. from Mondays through Saturdays in the area close to the ballpark at Third and King streets.
The meters also cost more during days of San Francisco Giants games or other events there, according to the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency.
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To better manage increasing parking and traffic demand, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will debut evening metering and event rates at meters in the blocks around AT&T Park on Monday, March 4.
Meters on blocks within walking distance of AT&T Park will operate until 10pm Monday to Saturday and be priced lower on non-event nights. These changes will make more parking spots available in South Beach and Mission Bay, especially during events, and help reduce congestion by discouraging circling for parking near the ballpark. Circling pollutes the air, slows Muni buses trying to move through the area, and provides more opportunities for conflicts with people on foot or on bicycles. Managing parking to reduce circling reduces all of those adverse impacts.
Rates at SFMTA meters after 6pm will be set at $0.25/hr, except during events. The first event with special meter rates is the World Baseball Classic at AT&T Park, which runs March 17-19. During events, metered parking will cost $5 or $7 per hour, depending on proximity to AT&T Park.