SF General Hospital seeks solutions to parking headache

By sfexaminer – excerpt

San Francisco General Hospital has a parking problem, and without intervention it may only get worse.

That was the message at a Health Commission meeting Tuesday, where officials said new construction projects at San Francisco General may need as many as 500 new parking spaces by 2020, or a resulting car crisis may drive patients to competing hospitals.

In response, the Health Commission voted unanimously to approve a resolution urging the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to expand a nearby parking garage, in the first of many goals meant to address the need for more parking.

“Even with the most aggressive programs, we project will have deficits in parking,” Kathy Jung, director of facilities and capital planning at the Department of Public Health, told the Health Commission….

…that new hospital, as well as other new buildings on site, will soon eliminate some existing parking at San Francisco General.

And those same new buildings will simultaneously drive demand for more transit. All told, the Department of Public Health estimates the hospital will need more than 900 parking spaces after 2020…

The DPH has partnered with the SFMTA to work on the parking deficiency problem the last two years. The issue will now go before the SFMTA’s Policy and Governance Committee to brainstorm additional solutions. Expanding the parking garage and other new ideas will go before the full SFMTA board on March 17.

“The hope ultimately is that Muni and other forms of transportation would be so good that we wouldn’t need all that parking,” Tom Nolan, president of the SFMTA board, told The Examiner, referring to the projected 900-space deficit.

Muni will better serve General Hospital one day, he said, “but probably not that quickly, and not that much.”… (more)

Tom Nolan admits that no parking or Muni service will be added quickly. Perhaps someone at SFMTA should talk to the health industry they claim to be supporting. Patients leaving a medical facility who are medicated must arrange for a ride home with a friend. How are they going to release patients to the care of a friend without parking?

Maybe they should put the bike lanes on the 20 wide sidewalks instead of taking over a street lane.

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