SFpark losing real-time street data

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

The City’s SFpark app will lose its real-time information feature for on-street parking occupancy beginning Monday, but the service will continue to be available for garage parking.
The loss in real-time data, which is due to parking-sensor batteries being drained, comes as the pilot phase is being evaluated through spring 2014. Transit officials say key services of the parking app feature have included demand-responsive pricing, longer meter time limits and meters that make it easier to pay… (more)

The SFMTA doesn’t need data to lower the parking rates any more than they needed data to raise them.

One wonders how this loss of data will effect the multitude of parking apps that have sprouted up lately. Are they dependent on this data? One also wonders how much this study costs. Did they break even? When will we get the results of the study?