UPDATE - September 30, 2014
The pilot phase of SFpark has concluded. Here is an update of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's (SFMTA) rigorous evaluation of the parking program and next steps.
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. The SFpark project collected an unprecedented amount of data to enable a thorough evaluation of its effectiveness.
The SFpark pilot phase ran from 2011 to 2013. The evaluation shows that the SFpark pilot delivered:
- Lower average hourly parking rates
- Improved parking availability
- Greater ease in finding parking
- Fewer parking citations through easier payment (including credit/debit card and pay-by-phone)
- Decreased greenhouse gas emissions
- Decreased vehicle miles traveled (through reduced parking search time)
You can review the results in more depth by viewing the full evaluation:
In addition to its local benefits, the pilot project was designed to enable rigorous evaluation of its merits and to share methodologies with cities around the world. To that end, the SFpark team has also produced a how-to manual for transportation professionals, and a technical manual for technology professionals, in cities around the world. The policy goals behind SFpark are well known, but the technology and data that drove the project were particularly transformative, and many other cities around the world are hoping to recreate San Francisco’s success.
As the pilot winds down, the SFMTA will continue to share the evaluation results with San Franciscans and will consider possible applications beyond the pilot later in the fall of 2014