Today’s Headlines

  • California Would Face $1.25 Billion Cut Under Mica Transpo Bill (SF Gate)
  • SF Park Program Issues First Pricing Adjustment (City Insider)
  • SF Taxi Drivers Still Planning August 2 Strike (SF Examiner)
  • Park Merced Opponents Submit Signatures for Referendum (SF Gate)
  • CMPC, City “Still Far Apart on Cathedral Hill Facility” (SF Examiner)
  • Beyond Chron: “Is CPMC Having Second Thoughts About SF Project?”
  • Enviros Blast Halting of Clean Air Program for America’s Cup (SFBG)
  • Proposed Development at 15th/South Van Ness “Raises Hackles” (Mission Loc@l)
  • LA Times Does a Travel Piece on “San Francisco’s Valencia Street on Bicycle”
  • Redevelopment Agencies “Must Pay to Stay in Business” (Sac Bee)
  • SF Redevelopment Agency “Tries to Stay Alive” (SF Examiner)
  • “Peer Review Group” Raises “Serious Concerns” About CAHSR (AP via Merc)
  • SF Supes Close to Decision on AT&T Sidewalk Utility Boxes (Andrew Ross)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • While in general I applaud raising parking rates in congested areas, I don’t really see how the variable pricing component is likely to bring much gain. The average person is not going to consult a website or their iphone before heading out to a particular section of the city.  They are not likely to know the rate at a meter before they actually park.  Only after they park will they see the rate, and think (perhaps) “Holy cow, this is too high!  I’m not parking here again.”  However, having found a coveted parking spot in a congested area and then successfully parallel parked, few will leave that spot in price shock in order to find a cheaper spot unless they are relying on cash and just don’t have the quarters.

    In addition, most people are unlikely to know that a cheaper spot is available a block or two away. Unless there is a lot of publicity, they are also unlikely to know the spot is cheaper in the mornings than in the afternoons and evenings. It seems to me that variable pricing only works to change driver behavior if the majority of drivers have the latest, up-to-date knowledge of the pricing structure. Assuming everyone is going whip out their iphone and get that info is not exactly realistic, especially since, legally, they would have to find an empty spot to pullover and stop in in order to check said iphone.

  • guest

    Earlier, they said they’d put up variable signs indicating the price on each block. That’d make the program more effective.

  • Anonymous

    One thing that could help is if the rates on street parking go up, but the rates in public garages stagnate. If word gets out that “garages are cheaper” I think a lot of people will go to garages first, which will free up spaces on the street for convenience-seekers.

  • People generally follow the same routine every day. Many times meters are occupied not by customers, but by employees that feed the meter all day. This gets those people to park elsewhere, like a garage.

    The average person is not a tourist from Sacramento that visits every 6 months, its a person who does the same thing every single day.

    And even the tourist, after parking and seeing “$5 an hour” is likely to move to the garage across the street that charges a $20 flat rate.