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San Francisco Officials Looking to Simplify Current Parking Program

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on August 22, 2012

San Francisco’s residential parking program has been in place for more than 35 years, but city officials are considering a major overhaul to make the system work better for everyone. The current model is quite convoluted, with 27 different parking zones of different sizes across the city. Initially designed to keep weekday commuters from other parts of the Bay Area from clogging residential streets, the current system allows permit holders to park on city streets for 72 hours without having to move their vehicles. The success of the program has been mixed over the years. It does discourage out-of-town commuters from monopolizing already-scarce street parking for days on end, but it also penalizes city car owners who use their vehicles infrequently.

The program is regulated by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which is exploring new ways to streamline and simplify the program. Under the current system, the only way for a neighborhood to establish their own residential parking zone and protect limited parking spaces is to petition the city. This is a prolonged process, and, over time, it has created an odd patchwork of zones that really don’t work well for anyone, especially San Franciscans. Some zones only affect one side of the street in some neighborhoods, while others cover nearly every street in a zone, making it very difficult for residents without access to off-street parking.

Sonali Bose, the SFMTA’s chief financial officer, acknowledged that the current system is unsustainable.

“Right now, we just have a hodgepodge of different zones,” Bose said. “As the parking management entity of San Francisco, we should be proactive about establishing more strategic residential zones.”

Bose and the SFMTA are working with city planners and neighborhood groups to find a better solution than the current model, a process that is expected to take at least two years.

Here at NLS Limo, we believe that we have a viable alternative to our city’s parking woes. Rent a San Francisco limousine, party bus, cable car or other luxury vehicle from our fleet, and leave the parking fees and hassles to us! Whether you are nightclubbing with friends in a party bus or enjoying an intimate evening for two in one of our stretch limos, we have a luxury ground transportation option that is comfortable and affordable and makes getting around the city fun and easy. If you’re heading into the city with friends and family or you’re a San Franciscan who only needs a car every once in a while, call us at NLS Limo today at 800-339-8936 and forget about parking!

Wedding Limo Bus Catches Fire on the Way to Reception

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on July 13, 2012

Some newlyweds in Minnesota and their wedding party had an unexpected detour on the way from the ceremony to their wedding reception recently. Ken and Liz McDonald and their wedding party were relaxing and having fun in the back of their limo bus when one of the bridesmaids noticed smoke rising through the seats. After learning about the smoke, the chauffeur immediately pulled over to the side of Interstate 35 and asked his guests to quickly get out of the limo bus. Everyone got out safely before the bus was engulfed in flames. The groom said that the wedding party got out of the limo bus with little time to spare.

“Two minutes later we were 100 yards from the bus and it was up in flames,” said groom Ken McDonald. “The plume was unbelievable.”

A police officer who stopped to investigate the fire notified the fire department and then transported the bride and groom to their reception. The rest of the wedding party was picked up shortly thereafter by the bride and groom’s parents and made it to the reception without further incident. The limo bus was a complete loss, and the owner is waiting on the report from the fire department to learn how the fire started.

We have heard some strange wedding limo stories over the years, and we frequently pass them along to our readers, but we are delighted that this one has a happy ending. After all, we’re in the happy ending business! We have been the Bay Area’s premier wedding limo bus service for years and are very proud to help couples and their friends and family members celebrate this very important moment in their lives. In addition to San Francisco wedding limo buses, we also offer many other kinds of wedding transportation, including the following:

If you’re planning to get married and are looking for a San Francisco wedding limo bus, stretch limousine or any other type of luxury transportation for you and your wedding party, please call us at 800-339-8936 for more information about rates, availability, wedding packages and more. Call NLS Limo today!

Teenager Enjoys Limousine Ride for Improving Grades and Choices

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on December 7, 2010

A teenager who was chronically truant, troublesome, failing all his classes at school and nearly expelled has been awarded a limousine ride and a $500 shopping spree for making better choices with his life. Ki’Angelo Carpenter’s mother reported that she grew tired of receiving calls from her son’s school nearly every day about his behavior, which resulted in a suspension. After the suspension, the Toledo, Ohio teen decided to make a positive change in his life and dedicated himself to improve his grades and conduct.

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