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New meters for SFpark pilot areas

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SFMTA’s SFpark Project Introduces New Coin and Card Parking Meters
Smart meters accept credit/debit cards and make parking easier

SAN FRANCISCO (July 27, 2010) —The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) SFpark project today launched the first phase of new parking meter installation for the SFpark pilot project. Approximately 190 new smart meters will replace existing meters along Hayes Street and four other blocks in Hayes Valley and the Civic Center. Each new meter will accept credit/debit cards, coins, and eventually SFMTA parking cards.

Over the next three months, as part of the SFpark pilot project, the SFMTA will install nearly 5,100 new coin and card meters to replace existing meters in SFpark pilot areas, including Hayes Valley, Civic Center, the Financial District, SOMA, the Mission, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Marina, and the Fillmore District. SFMTA customers can visit http://www.sfpark.org/meters to track meter replacement progress and give feedback.

“Cities are making great contributions towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and congestion,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. “San Francisco is the first city in the world to implement a parking-based approach to congestion management. By making it easier to park, we also improve our economic competitiveness.”

“Installing better parking meters is just the first step towards making parking easier to find and easier to pay for,” said SFMTA Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “Circling for parking accounts for approximately 30 percent of city congestion. By reducing double-parking and circling, SFpark will reduce congestion and air pollution, and promises to support our efforts to make Muni more reliable.”

SFpark combines new parking management technology and approaches to make parking in the City more convenient. In addition to coin and card meters, SFpark strategies will include real-time parking availability information, longer time limits, and demand-responsive pricing. By managing parking so that it is easier to find, drivers will circle and double-park less. This will help to keep streets clear for buses and emergency vehicles, make roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The SFMTA will test this federally-funded project in pilot areas across the City for two years beginning in late 2010.

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Established by voter proposition in 1999, the SFMTA, a department of the City and County of San Francisco, oversees the Municipal Railway (Muni), parking and traffic and taxis. With five modes of transit, Muni has approximately 700,000 passenger boardings each day. Over 35,000 extra vehicles enter San Francisco on any given business day, and rely on the SFMTA to keep the flow of cars, transit vehicles, taxis, delivery trucks, pedestrians and bicycles moving smoothly through the streets.