Solving Scarce Parking With 'Benefit Districts'

Transportation planners in San Francisco are proposing "parking benefit districts" where residents control pricing and boundaries to make parking easier in the congested city.
July 23, 2009, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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The low price of parking permits is being attacked as a cause for parking deficiencies in the city, as it can cost just pennies a day for permit holders to keep their cars on the streets.

"The idea is to raise money for the city, make it easier for people to park in front of their house, and also reduce pollution by encouraging transit use, said San Francisco County Transit Authority planner Jesse Koehler, who presented his three-year report Tuesday to the authority's plans and programs committee.

The study is a planning document only; any parking changes would need legislative approval and potential changes to the City Charter."

Thanks to Sightline Institute

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Published on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 in San Francisco Chronicle
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