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How it Works

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SFpark pioneered the world’s most advanced parking management system. New meters, sensors, and demand-responsive pricing made it easier to find parking in the City. Increased parking availability benefits drivers, Muni riders, bicyclists, pedestrians, visitors, residents, merchants and more.
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SFpark uses demand-responsive pricing to open up parking spaces on each block and reduce circling and double-parking. Rates may vary by block, time of day and day of week. Rates will be adjusted by no more than 50 cents per hour down or 25 cents per hour up, and no more often than once per month. Learn more


In addition to the parking information map available on the homepage, information on parking availability is distributed via a free SFpark iPhone app, Android app, and the region’s 511 phone system. Learn more
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Open Data and Source Code

SFpark encourages independent developers and researchers to use its public API, open data and open source code to create new apps and data visualizations that support the project’s goal of making parking more readily available. The data feed provides variable rate parking pricing and regulation information for metered blocks and parking space availability and pricing information for public garages within SFpark areas. Learn more
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The SFMTA manages 20 public parking garages across San Francisco. Of these, 14 are part of the SFpark project. To attract drivers and to ensure the availability of spaces, rates at these SFpark garages vary by the time of day and are adjusted quarterly in response to demand. Learn more
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SFpark's state-of-the-art meters are easy to use and allow drivers to pay with coins, credit/debit cards, and SFMTA parking cards. In late 2010, the SFMTA replaced existing parking meters with these new coin and card meters throughout the SFpark pilot areas. Learn more


In order to determine the right price to charge for parking to meet the parking space availability targets, SFpark employed wireless sensors to detect parking space occupancy in metered spaces. The wireless parking sensors detected parking availability in real time. These parking sensors were installed in 8,200 on-street spaces in the pilot areas. In addition to pilot areas, sensors were also placed in three control neighborhoods to provide baseline data for evaluation purposes. Learn more
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Making it easier to pay for parking helps people avoid parking tickets. PayByPhone enables customers to add time without returning to the meter (subject to time limit restrictions), receive a reminder message when time is almost up, and download receipts online. Learn more

Accessible Parking Policy

The Accessible Parking Policy Advisory Committee reviewed and made recommendations regarding on-street accessible parking policies, including those governing disabled placards and blue zones. These issues affect access and mobility for people with disabilities in San Francisco, whether they travel by car, paratransit, or public transit. Learn more
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Mission Bay Parking Planning

The SFMTA has managed parking in Mission Bay for more than a decade, and includes it as one of its eight SFpark pilot areas, allowing for demand-responsive pricing, extended time limits, and special event pricing. These parking management tools will help make it easier to park in the area as it continues to grow in the coming years. Learn more