Poll: How Will You Get to Giants Games When Parking Meter Rates Go Up?

Rates on parking meters near AT&T Park, a cheap alternative for some Giants games, are getting a big increase.

Starting this summer and continuing into 2013, fans driving to San Francisco Giants games will have to pay more for parking on some streets near the ballpark, according to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

The story says:

The city's plan is to install about 200 new parking meters in the Mission Bay area south of the ballpark in the next few weeks, all initially carrying rates from 25 cents to $1.25 an hour, which could be adjusted slightly up or down every six weeks.

Then next spring, the prices on all the meters in Mission Bay and in a 10-square-block area west of the ballpark will rise to $5 to $7 an hour during games and other special events. Operating hours on those meters will be extended to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

This will doom cheap alternatives within five minutes' walk of the stadium and put street parking on a par with paying $15 or $20 at nearby parking lots - some of which jack rates as high as $100 for big games, such as the one Friday night against the Dodgers.

San Francisco Giants parking and transportation

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Tim July 31, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Caltrain.... I go from Millbrae and if I stay out and miss the last train I can always take BART back.
Tim July 31, 2012 at 06:34 AM
BART is ok, but it's a pain in the balls to get to AT&T on Muni or foot.
Tim July 31, 2012 at 06:38 AM
An added plus to Caltrain... very short walk to AT&T, and the clientele is a little better than BART (not ghetto, feels much safer than BART.... just some loud drunks on the ride back.
Mama Tex August 01, 2012 at 06:36 PM
For a family of 4 round trip from Dublin/Pleasanton station to Montgomery or Embarcadero is $11.30 round trip per person, which is $45.20 for all to make the trip – then you have to buy transfer tickets at the Muni sales table at BART at $3.50 per person for a round trip , which equals $14, so total for public transportation is $59.20!!! – it is cheaper to drive my SUV and pay $30 to park once I get there!!!! The couch sounds much better and cheaper, ballgames are now a special occasion trip in my family – not an all American past time – very sad!!!
Rob Rich August 01, 2012 at 11:16 PM
It's only cheaper to drive & pay to park your SUV if you ignore wear and tear on your vehicle (& associated environmental costs). Gas + tolls alone will still set you back another $20. (And for big games, the lots jack the parking rates sky high.) Of course, by taking MUNI you miss a sweet walk along the Embarcadero. For those who are able to walk the mile or so on flat ground from BART to the park you save money, get exercise and have the nicest views around. A true win-win. As an alternative, if you are pressed for time you can always ride your bikes down the Embarcadero and park them at the valet bicycle parking tucked under the park along McCovey Cove. A fun option is to take the ferry. There are plenty of good reasons not to fight traffic, but it is certainly an option.


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