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Circle less, live more
SFMTA established SFpark to use new technologies and policies to improve parking in San Francisco. Reducing traffic by helping drivers find parking benefits everyone. More parking availability makes streets less congested and safer. Meters that accept credit and debit cards reduce frustration and parking citations. With SFpark, we can all circle less and live more.

How it works
SFpark works by using smart pricing so that drivers can quickly find open spaces. To help achieve the right level of parking availability, SFpark periodically adjusts meter and garage pricing up and down to match demand. Demand-responsive pricing encourages drivers to park in underused areas and garages, reducing demand in overused areas. Through SFpark, demand-responsive pricing works to readjust parking patterns in the city so that parking is easier to find.

The pilot phase
SFpark has tested its new parking management system at 7,000 of San Francisco’s 28,800 metered spaces and 12,250 spaces in 15 of 20 City-owned parking garages. Federal funding through the Department of Transportation’s Urban Partnership Program pays for 80 percent of the SFpark project. After collecting data to measure the goals of the pilot, analysis and evaluation of the pilot is underway; look for the full evaluation report in spring 2014.

Pilot Evaluation

SFpark made parking easier and cheaper while reducing circling and parking tickets. The SFMTA released a full report on the results, including a how-to guide for other cities to implement demand-responsive parking pricing. Learn more


SFpark optimizes the use of existing parking resources to benefit drivers and everyone else who spends time in San Francisco. Public transit riders, bicyclists, pedestrians, business owners, residents and visitors can all expect this innovative new parking management project to improve their quality of life in many ways. Learn more
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In November 2008, the SFMTA Board of Directors approved legislation that enabled the SFpark pilot project. It defined the SFpark pilot areas and specified, as required by city law, the ranges and limits for rates and time limits, as well as parking availability targets. Learn more
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Pilot Areas

SFpark tested wireless parking sensors, new meters and demand-responsive pricing in neighborhoods across the City from Spring 2011 to Spring 2013. The pilot areas include Civic Center/Hayes Valley, the Financial District, SoMa/Mission Bay, the Mission, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Fillmore and the Marina. Learn more


Have a question about SFpark? It is likely answered here in our Frequently Asked Questions featuring answers about how SFpark works, the pricing strategy, policies, and the community impact. Learn more


From its technology to its unique pricing policies, publications, organizations, and government agencies around the world have recognized the SFMTA’s SFpark project for its innovative solutions to urban parking management. SFpark is honored to have received or been selected as a finalist for the following awards. Learn more


The SFMTA has worked closely with a team of valued partners from academia, government, and the private sector to deliver the SFpark pilot project. Together, these organizations have not only helped improve parking in San Francisco, their contributions may lend insight to ways to help solve transportation challenges worldwide. Learn more