"Smart Parking": Balm for San Francisco's Parking Woes
Jordan Yerman | July 13, 2008 at 01:57 pmby
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Parking in San Francisco sucks. That's not opinion, alas, but fact.
Lack of parking is a serious issue in San Francisco. Donald Shoup, an urban planning expert at UCLA, says his research shows that drivers on the prowl for parking spaces account for as much of 30% of all the traffic in downtown San Francisco.
The city's doing what it can to alleviate the problem, and that includes a
$95.5$23 million program called SFPark that will convert 6,000 of San Francisco’s 24,000 metered parking spaces into "smart" spots. These special parking spots are currently being fitted with sensors that will allow drivers to find available spaces over a city-wide wi-fi network. The network will show available spots on drivers' cell phones and on dynamic street sign displays. It seems like a great idea, which led us to ask why there aren't more of these systems being deployed across the US already.
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