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Are Performance Parking Strategies Working?

Performance parking, dynamic pricing; whatever you call it, SF Park's strategy uses the latest technology and pricing strategies to make the most efficient use of parking, with the goal of improving air quality and traffic flow. But is it working?

At a two-day conference of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, the SFpark demonstration took center stage.

"If it works as envisioned, at least one parking spot per block will always be available, as some drivers - influenced by cost - will opt to park elsewhere and when rates are lower," summarized San Francisco Chronicle reporters.

"The feds have hired an independent evaluation team to track the program's successes and failures. Team leader Carol Zimmerman said a robust assessment will review everything from the change of air quality, the time it takes to find a space, the speed of traffic, sales tax revenue, the demand on the information technology and public perception to determine the effectiveness of SFpark. The final report is due in January 2013."

From MTC News: Cool New Tool: SFpark Takes the Mystery Out of Parking: "Circling city streets in search of an open parking space is not only maddening, its also bad for your carbon footprint. Enter SFpark, a pilot parking management program that tracks space availability and pricing information for 14 public garages in San Francisco."

Thanks to One Bay Area News Update

Full Story: Parking experiment takes national stage

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