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Smart Parking Meters' Varied Rates

You may have noticed the new parking meter devices installed a week or so ago along the Embarcadero. These are the first ‘smart meters’ being rolled out by the Port of San Francisco and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. According to an article in today’s Examiner, the rates will go up from $2 per hour to $3 per hour for street parking on The Embarcadero between Bryant and Broadway. However, the parking spots south of Bryant will be priced at $1 per hour instead of the current $2 per hour. Hours of operation will expand from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. currently to 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. once implemented. On the bright side, you can use a credit card to pay. Also, the machines are supposed to somehow help folks with iPhones or other internet enabled mobile devices track down empty street parking spots – I’ll believe it when I see it.

How will this, along with reductions in transit service, help or hurt the development of the Rincon Hill neighborhood?

New smart parking meters along Embarcadero April 2009
Photo taken by Jamie Whitaker

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