San Francisco switches to demand-based parking fees

The implementation of demand-based parking fees (on city streets and public parking garages), which is an integral part of the SFpark project in San Francisco, is starting on April 21.

Sensors installed at each parking space will track where parking is available in real time and uploaded to signs and smartphone applications.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, rates at on street meters will be adjusted block by block in an attempt to have at least one parking space available at any time on a given block.

The demand-based parking fees will range from 25 cents to $6 an hour, depending on how many spaces are available. However, prices could jump to $18 an hour during ball games, festivals and other special events.

Transportation planners expect that drivers will spend less time circling for parking, which they hope will reduce congestion and cut back on emissions.

Find out more about the pilot areas being activated this weekend on the SFpark website here.

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