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SFpark introduces tour bus parking management plan

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As one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, tour buses often congest San Francisco’s streets. Passenger loading zones are crowded and some buses stay longer than necessary, encouraging other tour buses to double-park or use Muni stops.

To solve these challenges, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) SFpark project recently presented a plan to improve tour bus circulation and parking management in the City. On Tuesday, San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced legislation to implement it.

The plan’s policies and potential regulations include:

  • Creating additional and more efficient tour bus passenger loading areas
  • Improving passenger loading area time limit enforcement
  • Providing metered on-street tour bus parking spaces where tour buses can wait while customers patronize tourist areas
  • Creating overnight tour bus parking areas
  • Developing a tour bus permit system to better manage and enforce tour bus parking and loading

The SFMTA developed the plan in partnership with tour bus operators, the Port of San Francisco, the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District, Supervisor David Chiu’s office and other stakeholders. The plan’s strategies would first be implemented in Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and Union Square.