Does San Francisco’s smart parking system reduce traffic?

By Sponsor (?) : sfweekly – excerpt

It is not news to anyone that San Francisco’s parking system has gone high tech. The Municipal Transportation Agency introduced in 2011 smart parking meters that enable citizens to pay with a credit card or debit card. These devices can be found throughout the city, on public streets and city-operated garages. The price is based on demand, which means that a person can pay anywhere between $0.25 to $6.00 per hour. It all depends on how many available free spaces there are. The parking system represents a mixture of time-based pricing and technology that leverages deep-seated roadway sensors to monitor the availability of parking spaces. When that information is available, it is passed on wirelessly to a data feed… (more)

I spite of all the public financed PR SFMTA puts out, Nothing SFMTA has done has eased traffic or parking. Whatever they are doing is increasing congestion and making parking more difficult during workings hours and during school days. When we are in a school holiday period, such as we just experienced, and many people avoid commuting, there is less traffic and miles of parking available, leading one to believe that the issue is the commuters who are not being properly serviced during working hours.

You may blame SFMTA and those who created the unlimited up-zoning for the loss of retail businesses all over the city and expulsion of the jobs and workers who are moving out in droves. It is a lot easier to live and work and run a business in a less dense, more easily accessible neighborhood outside of the city. That explains why San Francisco lost 40o restaurants last year and many talented skilled construction workers prefer to live and work closet to their new homes in the suburbs. Once the move out to make way for new wealthier tenants, they are not commuting back to work.