Drivers in San Francisco soon may not need a cache of coins in their cars to feed the meters as a part of a proposal to replace The City’s entire network of parking meters — some 30,000 devices — with newer technology by this fall.
San Francisco has about 23,000 older parking meters that accept only coins and payment cards issued by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which is in charge of parking in The City. There are an additional 6,000 or so meters that feature the agency’s new SFpark technology, which accept multiple payment forms and offer differing hourly rates. Another 1,000 meters are located on property the Port of San Francisco manages.
Under a work contract proposal that the agency recently issued, every meter in The City could be replaced with brand new equipment. The coin-operated meters are about eight years old and the SFpark meters are four years old. Meters should be replaced every seven years, said Jay Primus, who manages parking policies for the agency.
Primus said the scope of the replacement project will depend on the work proposals that are submitted by interested contractors. The older coin-operated meters will definitely be replaced, but the SFpark and Port devices could also be swapped out as well. The new meters will be able to take multiple forms of payment and will also have clearer digital display signs, Primus said.
The agency has not calculated the total cost of the project, as that will depend on negotiations with contractors, who are expected to submit bids in the next month. If the project goes ahead as planned, the meters could be replaced by late summer or early fall, said Primus. The project will be funded through the agency’s operating budget.