Study Suggests Fluctuating Price Parking Program In San Francisco Works

By Barbara Taylor : cbslocal – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A new study finds that SFpark, the two-year-old program that uses fluctuating pricing to control parking space availability in San Francisco, is working.

Many initially thought the program was ambitious for its attempts to solve the city’s hefty parking problems. The approach has been tried out in six of the city’s busiest areas and varies the price up and down as needed to meet the demand… (more)

Don’t know who was interviewed or who responded to this study, but the voters will get the last word on this November with the Restore Transportation Balance initiative: http://www.restorebalance14.org/

Plan To Unclog San Francisco’s Famous Lombard Street, Backfires

By Brian Webb : cbslocal – ecerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) — It looks like a plan to unclog San Francisco’s most famous street has backfired.

Tourists found a way around Lombard Street’s first weekend closure by walking straight through it.

Lombard’s been turned into a pedestrian path.

Closing the crookedest street in the world to tourists was supposed to give residents a break, and some privacy.

Instead, they got chaos… (more)

Hmm, obviously these people do not understand human behavior. They think they do, but they don’t.SF needs new transit management. Let the voters decide. Support the Restore Balanced Transportation initiative: http://www.restorebalance14.org/

San Francisco May Elimate Free Disabled Parking Due To Abuse Of Blue Placards

by cbslocal.com – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — San Francisco is considering a major policy plan that would eliminate free parking for drivers who use disabled placards.

Abuse of the placards by able-bodied people is making it hard for handicapped drivers to find parking.

San Francisco has 28,000 street parking spaces and more than 60,000 disabled placards.

“There is a systemic issue throughout the state…we need to address to make sure medical providers only provide these placards to people who actually have disabilities,” said Supervisor Scott Weiner.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is working on a new policy. Supervisor Weiner said he’s not too keen on charging the disabled.

“We have to be careful, because there are a lot of people with disabilities who rely on these disabled parking placards,” said Weiner. “It’s really their lifeline.”

Disabled advocate Bob Plant supports the change. “The DMV needs to do better in educating people who get a blue placard,” said Plant. “You don’t loan it to your neighbor, or your son… period.”… (more)

This was not such a problem until SFMTA started eliminating parking spots all over the city. Restore public parking and the abuse will go away.

 

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