San Francisco Residential Parking Permits - By the Numbers

What are Residential Parking Permits? These are permits for which the SFMTA charges citizens $106 annually for the "privilege" of parking on their own street for more than two hours during business hours. These permits have a weird history as the citizenry, not the SFMTA, originally pushed for Residential Parking Zones as a way of freeing up parking during the day in residential areas frequented by non-residents.

Given carte blanch to raise revenue, the SFMTA seized the opportunity, raising the Residential Parking Permit fees by a whopping 76% since 2007. I guess we can't blame the SFMTA as we, SF residents, invited them to start charging us. I doubt though that the citizens who originally pushed for Residential Parking Permits expected these fees to become the de facto solution for raising revenue. The SFMTA budget committee slogan should be "When in doubt, raise Residential Parking Permit fees".     

Residential Parking Permits
29 - Number of Residential Parking Permit areas in San Francisco 2012
27 - Number of Residential Parking Permit areas in San Francisco 2008
70,995 - No. of Residential Parking Permits Issued in 2012 (Cost of permit in 2012: $100)
89,271 - No. of Residential Parking Permits Issued in 2008 (Cost of permit in 2008: $74)
20% - Percent decline in the number of Residential Parking Permits issued between 2008 and 2012

Residential Parking Permit Costs
$106 - Cost of Annual Permit in 2013
$60 - Cost of Annual Permit in 2007
$46 - Actual dollar increase to purchase a Residential Parking Permit in San Francisco between 2007 and 2013.
76% - Percent increase to purchase a Residential Parking Permit in San Francisco between 2007 and 2013. 

Residential Parking Permit Revenue
$7,525,470 - Projected revenue from Residential Parking Permits in 2013.
$425,970 - Estimated revenue increase due to $6 increase in permit fee from 2012 to 2013.
$5,300,000 - Revenue generated from Residential Parking Permits in 2007.
$7,100,000 - Revenue generated from Residential Parking Permits in 2012.
34% - Percent increase in revenue generated from Residential Parking Permits from 2007 to 2012. 

Residential Parking Permit Tickets
149,985 - Citations issued in 2012 for parking in a residential parking permit zone for more than two hours without a permit. 
$72 - Cost of a ticket in 2012 for parking in a residential parking permit zone for more than two hours without a permit.
$10,798,920 - Revenue generated in 2012 for parking in a residential parking permit zone for more than two hours without a permit.
$65 - Cost of the same ticket in 2011.
11% - Percent increase in the cost of a Residential Parking Permit violation ticket from 2011 to 2012.      

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) (the agency responsible for parking enforcement in addition to, you know, running all of Muni)
$778,000,000 - SFMTA Budget for Fiscal Year 2012
1% - Percent of SFMTA Budget paid for by Residential Parking Permit revenue.
1.4% - Percent of SFMTA Budget paid for by Residential Parking Permit ticket revenue.