Michael Cabanatuan : sfgate – excerpt
As many as 900 street parking spaces – one of San Francisco’s most precious commodities – will be reserved for car-sharing vehicles and leased at discounted rates. The parking program, which will begin in the summer, is a two-year experiment that aims to spread car sharing throughout the city.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency approved the plan to set aside some of the city’s 281,000 street parking spaces last year but still had to solicit interested companies and negotiate which parking spaces would be reserved for car-sharing vehicles. The agency approved the program after a smaller two-year test, involving a dozen street spaces, was deemed a success… (more)
Taking more public parking off the streets is sure to anger more people. Bring it on. Then ask the voters for more money. See how well that tactic works. When a regulatory agency competes for business with an industry they regulate there is a problem.
It will be interesting to see how they spin the claims that there are less people circling for fewer parking spaces after removing another 900.
See article below. As usual the facts aren’t clear. One story has 900 on street spots. The other has 400 on and off-street spots. Who knows.
Hundreds of SF parking spots could be reserved for car-sharing companies – Car-sharing firms getting 900 S.F. street parking spaces – More than 400 parking spots along city streets and in publicly owned parking garages in neighborhoods across The City could be set aside for use by rental cars operated by car-sharing companies, under a city plan to promote alternatives to private automobiles…(more)