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Sensor installations featured on Streetsblog

When parking expert Donald Shoup publicized his principle several years ago that cities should manage the demand for curbside parking by adjusting the cost so that there was always an available space, he probably didn't think a large city like San Francisco...

SFpark featured in the Atlantic Magazine

All city drivers dread the routine: reach downtown destination, hunt desperately for a parking spot, curse the driveways and fire hydrants. In San Francisco, however, parking is about to be made easier, thanks to a new network of GPS wireless sensors that will be installed next to the city's parking meters.

SFMTA completes innovative citywide census of San Francisco parking

Comprehensive audit of publicly-available parking supply makes San Francisco the first U.S. city to complete a citywide parking census.

SF parking census featured on KQED radio

KQED Radio's Cy Musiker interviews SF Streetsblog's Matthew Roth about San Francisco completing a first in the world census -- not of people, but of parking spaces on the street, in garages, metered or free. According

San Francisco parking census featured in

No sizable city in the country, or likely the world, has been able to say with any certainty how many parking spaces it has, public or private, until now. Over the last 18 months, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has tallied every publicly accessible parking space within city limits...

SFpark featured in New York Times

This fall, San Francisco hopes to do what New York City didn’t: successfully combat congestion. But the city’s plan isn’t to control the number of people entering the city. Instead, San Francisco hopes to cut congestion by reducing the number of drivers...

SFpark featured in the Economist Magazine

The gold Hyundai whips around a double-parked van on Haight Street, San Francisco, before blocking traffic with a shameless U-turn into an open parking spot. Soon, if a new pilot programme succeeds, such shenanigans may become as rare as...

SFpark begins sensor installation in pilot areas

As an essential component of the SFpark pilot projects, SFMTA will be installing wireless parking sensors throughout SFpark pilot and control areas (see map). These sensors – installed in individual parking spaces and entrances and exits...

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Park smarter

Find parking faster. Pay more easily. Avoid tickets. Drivers will love SFpark, but everyone will benefit. Less circling and fewer double-parked cars give us cleaner air and safer streets for bicyclists and pedestrians. Less traffic means public transit and emergency vehicles move more easily. For merchants, more parking availability means more customers.

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Park faster

Newly installed wireless parking sensors provide real-time information about parking availability. This information will be freely accessible via the web, text message, smartphone applications, roadway signs, and more. Before or during your trip, see parking availability and rates on live maps, block-by-block, and head directly to the most promising area or City-owned garage.