Posts Tagged ‘sf park’

This is the Result of Tens of Millions of Federal Pork Barrel Spending on “Smart” Parking Meters

Monday, August 15th, 2016

More or less:

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You want to get into this – well, we can get into this. You know, sometime.

Here’s the etching on the tombstone:

“Update: The SFpark pilot evaluation has been released and changes to data feed, mobile apps, and web map remain. Demand-responsive rate adjustments will continue in existing SFpark areas. The SFMTA will use the results of the evaluation to develop a proposal for expanding the SFpark approach to the SFMTA’s other meters, lots and garages in the city.”

But did we really need to pay people to bury sensors under the pavement? Nope! Oh, they’re all dead now, batteries expired, just sitting under the surface doing nothing? Yep!

There are many ways to skin a cat, Brother. This “futuristic” and expensive way was the wrong way.


Oh, and speaking of the Feds, why do Law Enforcement Officials come to Frisco and get their guns stolen from their cars, over and over and over again, despite all the warnings, despite our well-earned reputation?

And, you know, as promised, we can get into why it’s still hard to park in some areas of Frisco and why in other areas you can see an entire block of metered spaces with basically no cars at all.

I have no objections to market rate pricing, but SFPark was a big fail whale.


*No, not on street-cleaning day, on a regular day.

Here’s One Reason, Just One Reason, Why the Expensive “SFPark” Surge Pricing Experiment Failed

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

One reason the federally-funded SFPark program failed is that the maximum rate of $6 per hour* was too low to garner the benefits promised.

So, as here on Chestnut Street, it doesn’t really matter all that much if the meters charge $1 or $3 or $6 an hour – during busy times, the metered spaces will be occupied like 98%+ of the time. Times like these:

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So why couldn’t a “market” pricing-based experiment charge more than $6 an hour? Well, politics.

Oh well.

Maybe the feds will give us another $20 million worth of pork and then we can do SFPark again?


*Outside of “special event” pricing, when it could/can go up to $72 an hour.

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

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

[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…

DPT SFPark Fail: Expensive Sensors “Bedeviled by Electromagnetic Interference from Overhead Trolley Lines” per NYT

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Instead of the SFMTA MUNI DPT SFPark happy talk what you’ve been getting from the San Francisco Examiner, why not check out what the New York Times has to say about San Francisco’s expensive SFPark new parking meter program.

“PLACE “smart” in front of a noun and you immediately have something that somehow sounds improved.”


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And the Leader of the Great SoMA Mission Bay Dogpatch SFPark Parking Revolt is Now… Supervisor Jane Kim?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012


 “People should have to pay for parking. I’m just wondering if there is a less punitive way of doing it for residents,” she said. “I was hoping for more thoughtful alternatives.”

Well that’s Phase 1 – it’s a start.

Phase 2 just might be Direct Action, taking it to the streets to pull up the infernal SFPark meters up by their very roots.

Like this. Achtung, Baby!

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Until that time, the Revolution will continue to be led by Meter Madness and the

In struggle…


They’re Ba-aaack! The SFMTA Tries to Impose SFPark on Mission Bay Once Again – Plus Website

Friday, May 25th, 2012

I’ll tell you, when the Imperial Japanese Navy tried to invade Wake Island back in WWII, their first attempt, which involved months of planning, failed. The IJN was highly embarrassed but they knew that it was their job to impose themselves on Wake, to “manage” Wake, so they came back and succeeded on their second try. (And they beheaded a few Marines, but, byegones…)

And I’ll also tell you, when the Imperial SFMTA tried to impose SFPark on the Mission Bay and the Dogpatch and whatnot, their first attempt, which involved months of planning, failed. The SFMTA was highly embarrassed but they knew that it’s their job to impose SFPark, or whatever they’re calling it now, on the area. The college boys of the SFMTA just know, they just know it, that it’s their job to increase the power of the SFMTA and have the SFMTA grow and grow and grow.

Get all the deets on the Second Invasion of Mission Bay right here, and below.

And oh, here’s website, written by people who don’t approve of the worst aspects of the SFMTA and SFPark (or whatever they’re calling it these days.)

All right, now back to the official stuff. Uh, and in case you don’t know it, SFMTA, you suck – more proof of this is that your website has “insecure content.” [UPDATE: Good job, MUNI! You took care of that. Someday, you’ll get the hang of the whole “Internet” thing.]

Or so they say:

In closing, MUNI sucks!

“Mission Bay parking planning community meeting – Saturday, June 16

Posted on 05.25.12 in AnnouncementsParking Planning|Share:Bookmark and Share

The public is invited to join the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) at our second Mission Bay parking planning community meeting. We will discuss the revised plans for parking management in the neighborhood and gather public input. As Mission Bay evolves, we need to ensure that everyone on the road—cars, buses, bicycles, and pedestrians—can travel safely and smoothly.

Mission Bay parking planning community meeting 
Mission Creek Park Pavilion, 290 Channel Street, one block west of 4th and Channel Streets
Saturday, June 16
3-3:30 p.m. – Open House
3:30-4:30 p.m. – Public Comments (sign up by 3:20 p.m.)

The SFMTA seeks public input on the following:

  • Special event pricing to better manage parking demand during large events like Giants games and reduce congestion.
  • Extended meter hours to open up evening parking, particularly during evening games. This is separate from the SFMTA’s citywide Sunday metering proposal.
  • New meter installation schedule for meters approved in 2002, which will have SFpark demand-responsive pricing to ensure an optimum level of open parking spaces as Mission Bay grows.

During the open house section of the meeting, attendees can review plan details, talk directly with project planners, and submit written feedback. The public comment period follows.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Mission Bay parking planning
CLICK HERE for directions to the meeting venue, including nearby public transit

Please feel free to email us if you have any questions about the location or the project.

You can also stay up to date via Twitter and Facebook.”

Federal Workers Elect to Not Participate in San Francisco’s New “Market Pricing” Parking Scheme

Monday, April 16th, 2012

See? The Feds park at meters all the live-long day, but they never pay nothing.

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Oh well.


San Francisco’s SFPark is Nothing But a Big FU to the 99% – Here’s Why Rich People Love the SFMTA’s New Program

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Do you know how long you can park at these new SFPark meters? Like four hours, baby. Just pop in your credit card.

Do you know who appreciates that? Rich people, the demographically-desirable who drive BMW’s and Mercedes Benzeseses.

Here’s five in a row. Thanks SFPARK!

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Here’s an exercise. Just as you can add “in bed” to your fortune cookie message, you can append the phrase “FOR RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS” to any statement from the horrible SFPark people from the horrible SFMTA. Like this:

“SFMTA established SFpark to use new technologies and policies to improve parking in San Francisco FOR RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS. Reducing traffic by helping RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS find parking benefits RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS. More parking availability makes streets less congested FOR RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS. Meters that accept credit and debit cards FROM RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS reduce frustration and parking citations FOR RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS. With SFpark, RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS can all circle less and live more.

SFpark works by collecting and distributing real-time information about where parking is available so RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS can quickly find open spaces.

To help achieve the right level of parking availability FOR RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS, SFpark periodically adjusts meter and garage pricing up and down to match demand FROM RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS. Demand-responsive pricing encourages drivers to park in underused areas and garages, reducing demand (FROM POOR PEOPLE, THE 99%, THOSE FUCKERS) in overused (OVERUSED BY WHOM? BY POOR PEOPLE, THE 99%, THOSE FUCKERS) areas.

Through SFpark, real-time data and demand-responsive pricing work together to readjust parking patterns in the City so that parking is easier to find FOR RICH PEOPLE WITH MERCEDES AND BMW CARS”

On It Goes…

SFPark: “Let us “manage” your parking the same way we manage MUNI!”

SFPark: “Parking meters everywhere (eventually, including the entire Sunset District!) and for all (except for the specific whites of Pacific Heights). Hurray!”

I Love Big Brother: SFPARK.ORG Goes Full Orwell with Slogan: “Parking Availability & Pricing” – WTFSFMTA?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

All right, let’s see here, by the numbers:

1. “Parking Availability” – What this means is that the SFMTA is taking money from the Feds to put in new parking meters and raise prices on existing meters.

2. “Pricing” – What this means is that the SFMTA is taking money from the Feds to put in new parking meters and raise prices on existing meters.

Does that about cover it?

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Imagine if you will an organization called, I don’t know, how about SFFOOD.ORG? And instead of its former policy of giving away food for free for the most part but also charging a little bit of money to some people, it decided to give away a smaller amount of free food and then charge a lot of money to more people. And then imagine that if SFFOOD knew you were really hungry, then it’d charge you even more. And then imagine that its slogan would be “Food Availability & Pricing.”

And then imagine they made some bullshit website about how much happier you’ll be spending less time waiting for food you now have to pay for. (You know who values convenience over money? Rich people, that’s who.)

Do you see why your bullshit initiatives are met with deep skepticism?

Hello, SFMTA? It’s me, Margaret. The Internet called – it wants its URLs back. Don’t you already have a website, SFMTA? So why do you need a different one for every project you do? Like the CultureBus – you had a special website for that too, right? (Until you lost interest in it…)

And aren’t we going to pay back the Feds the $20,000,000 “grant” or whatever they’re loaning us to pay for the new meters (and bullshit website) from the new revenue? (That’s my understanding – disabuse me of that notion if you wish.)

Hey SFMTA, why don’t you just be straight and tell drivers that they’re just going to have to pay more for parking,  just tell them that their free ride is over? Why don’t you tell people that it’s impractical to make them put 72 quarters per hour into a meter so that’s why you want to use credit and debit cards and whatnot?

And why does every policy from the SFMTA have to be advertised as a win-win for all concerned?

Why does the worst-run agency in San Francisco have to be so Orwellian?

Oh, and here’s the kicker:

“After the SFpark pilot phase is complete in the summer of 2012, SFpark will evaluate the effectiveness of the project and prepare a proposal for expanding SFpark across the City for the SFMTA Board to consider after public outreach.”

Can you see those Godforsaken souls way out there at 46th and Kirkham feeding the kitty for them to park their cars in front of their houses?


SFPark Has Some Competition – These Fellows with Flashlights Will Tell You Where You Can Park

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

These guys with the flashlights at night on Post Street (and other places about town) provide the questionable “service” of pointing out where empty parking spaces are. They’ll guide you in and then expect compensation of an undefined amount.

This casual parking program is certainly cheaper than SFPark, cause, you know, that’s going to add up when we start paying back the Feds the eight figures they’re fronting for all those sensors on the ground.

However, the flashlight people are even more patronizing than the people that made the SFPark marketing materials, because they don’t do anything. I mean, if you’re looking for parking, how could you miss these spaces plain as day?  

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Oh well.