SFpark was a federally-funded demonstration of a new approach to managing parking. It used better information, including real-time data where parking is available, and demand-responsive parking pricing to help make parking easier to find. As a federally-funded demonstration of a new approach to managing parking, the SFpark project collected an unprecedented data set to enable a thorough evaluation of its effectiveness.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) evaluated the SFpark pilot project to see how effectively this approach to managing parking delivered the expected benefits. The evaluation showed that after SFpark, San Francisco saw:
- Average parking rates were lower
- Parking availability improved
- It is easier to find a parking space
- It is easier to pay and avoid parking citations
- Greenhouse gas emissions decreased
- Vehicle miles traveled decreased
The SFMTA produced four documents as part of the evaluation, available online:
- Summary of the evaluation findings
- Full evaluation report
- Overview of SFpark
- Technical “how to” manual
Additionally, a library of resources concerning parking sensor technology and methodology is available online.
San Francisco Urban Partnership Agreement: National Evaluation Report (PDF, 26.7 Mb) — This document presents the final report on the national evaluation of the San Francisco Urban Partnership Agreement (UPA) under the United States Department of Transportation UPA Program.
To evaluate the SFpark pilot project, the SFMTA collected an unprecedented amount of data, including some from never-before available data sources. This data enables a thorough evaluation of the pilot project and should be useful for other areas of transportation research. The SFMTA used a survey deployment plan developed in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration Congestion Management and Pricing Team and other experts in parking and transportation planning and research to collect SFpark evaluation data.
- SFpark survey deployment plan
- API Utilization Data (108 Kb ZIP archive)
- Economic Data (322 Kb ZIP archive)
- Exogenous Data (983 Kb ZIP archive)
- Intercept Survey Data (3.1 Mb ZIP archive)
- Manual Survey Data (7.3 Mb ZIP archive)
- Meter Citation Data (3.2 Mb ZIP archive)
- Meter Payment Data (443.1 Mb ZIP archive)
- Off-street Data (123 Mb ZIP archive)
- On-street Occupancy and Rate Data (256.4 Mb ZIP archive)
- SFpark General Geography – GIS spatial data (830 Kb ZIP archive)
- Traffic Data (91.6 Mb ZIP archive)
- Transit Data (19.9 Mb ZIP archive)