Caltrain Looking Better For Giants-Bound Mountain View Residents

A new SF policy means parking meters would cost about $21 for a three-hour game, compared to a $14 Caltrain Day pass.


Taking someone out to the ballgame just got more expensive—if you drive a car to San Francisco.

Parking near San Francisco's AT&T Park will be pricier in the evenings and during events at the ballpark starting next month, transit officials announced Tuesday.

Beginning March 4, meters will remain operating until 10 p.m. from Mondays through Saturdays in the area close to the ballpark at Third and King streets.

The meters will also cost more during days of San Francisco Giants games or other events there, according to the city's Municipal Transportation Agency. The changes are meant to increase parking availability in the area and reduce congestion caused by vehicles circling around to look for a parking spot where they can stay for three or more hours, agency officials said.

Between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on non-event days, the meters will cost $0.25 per hour, while they will cost up to $7 an hour on event days. This bring on-street parking closer in cost to the lot prices of about $20.

For Mountain View residents, particularly those traveling singly, that may mean Caltrain would get more attractive. Residents board at Mountain View or San Antonio station, in Zone 3. The cost for a Day Pass is $14 for an adult and $7 for a youth. If you've got a car full of people, paying for parking would be more cost-effective.

The first event with the increased meter rates will be the World Baseball Classic, which runs at AT&T Park from March 17-19.

"Appropriately priced parking on our public streets makes sense and supports the city's Transit First policy, especially in this growing neighborhood that is home to AT&T Park and many special events," SFMTA director of transportation Ed Reiskin said in a statement.

The new policy was developed with the input of neighborhood residents and business owners, according to agency officials, who also plan to canvass the neighborhood in the coming weeks to publicize the plan. Special signs will be posted on meters in the area, which includes streets as far north as Harrison Street, as far east as The Embarcadero, as far south as Mariposa Street and as far west as Seventh Street.

Extended hours for metered street parking is not new, as anyone who has ever attempted to take out-of-town visitors to Fisherman's Wharf by car knows. There, meters operate seven days a week, including Sundays and holidays.

More information about the program can be found online at www.sfpark.org/events.

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Additional reporting by Los Altos Patch Editor L.A. Chung

Laura February 20, 2013 at 09:08 PM
I already take Catrain everyday to SF so I don't have to drive and on game DAYS, its crazy trying to get back home. We r packed in like sardines lol. It's all good tho. Go Giants!!
Jeanne Sanders February 21, 2013 at 03:32 AM
problem with that is...2 people in one car...still 21 dollars.......the train goes to 28 dollars......
Claudia Cruz February 21, 2013 at 08:21 AM
I always take Caltrain to games and I think Jeanne that the driving around looking for parking is really a waste of time and of course, just adds to the congestion. Besides, if you drink before or during the game then Caltrain is still the best option. But yes, when I am not going to games, I drive in.
commuter February 24, 2013 at 12:17 AM
There is only a limited number of those metered spots. Most people have to park in the private lots which cost $30 to $50 per car and are farther away from the baseball stadium than the train station.


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