The Legacy of SFPark: Scores of Unused Parking Spaces at New, Federally-Subsidized Meters

[UPDATE: Confession time – I’ve never used a “smart” parking meter, so I don’t know what they look like. I know the SFPark meters have blue stickers on the sides, that’s about it. So the new meters depicted below are not SFPark meters and, ergo, they were not advertised as being “good for all drivers.” Anyway, read the comments to see my error.]

So SFPark is “good for all drivers?”

Perhaps for some, but not for those who used to park here, in the project-y Western Addition.

Turk on a weekday:

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Hey SFPark/SFMTA/DPT/MUNI, why not try market-rate pricing instead?

You know, pricing lower than what you’re charging now.

Just asking…

Oh, and is SFPark good for federal taxpayers?


Oh and is the Central Subway good for federal taxpayers?

Discuss that too, if you want…

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5 Responses to “The Legacy of SFPark: Scores of Unused Parking Spaces at New, Federally-Subsidized Meters”

  1. District 5 resident says:

    We LOVE that the disgusting vans with homeless and others are not parking on the street 24 hours a day. It’s safer, and cleaner. most of the people parking there before were people leaving their cars for days a time. that’s why the spots are empty! So Yay for the meters!

  2. Alai says:

    Just to be clear, these are non-SFPark meters, right? So I’m not sure how you can claim that they’re the “legacy of SFPark”.

  3. sfcitizen says:

    THe SFMTA is putting in new non-smart meters after all that fuss> Amazing.

    So the only way they could charge market rate would be to take the meters out, right?

  4. Alai says:

    SFPark is still considered an experimental program. One of the goals is to compare SFPark areas to non-SFPark areas.

    Me, I’d be happy to see SFPark rolled out across the city. But, like everything here, it’s controversial, so they’re doing it in baby steps.

    I don’t know if they need to replace the physical meters to introduce variable rates, but I think it’s just a matter of reprogramming them.

  5. Rob Anderson says:

    All “across the city,” because parking meters and parking tickets are a major source of revenue for the MTA. They have to “manage” the city’s parking, you understand.

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