Perhaps those fears of $6 an hour parking meter rates were unwarranted.
New details about The City’s SFpark program were released Friday, and the meters could actually be a lot cheaper than initially touted.
A nationally lauded program, SFpark is a new set of meter technology projects, including an innovation that charges motorists more to park in spots with the most demand. The program has been in the works for years, and during that time, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency warned customers that parking could get as expensive as $6 an hour, depending on the spot.
According to the SFpark website, however, meter rates are only going to go up 25 cents an hour — and that’s just if the spot in question is normally occupied either 35-65 percent of the time, or 85–100 percent of the time. SFpark also introduced technology that records occupancy rates. The most expensive meters in The City currently charge $3.50 an hour (in the downtown core), so even with the new pricing model, cars will still be able to park for under $4.
Meters that are currently unavailable 65–85 percent of the time will have no change to their pay structure. Meters that have occupancy rates of less than 35 percent will actually be 25 cents cheaper.
The new rates are tentatively set to begin in mid-April in seven different neighborhoods in The City — the Mission, the Financial District, SoMa, the Civic Center, the Fillmore, the Marina and Fisherman’s Wharf.
Depending on their occupancy, the rates for The City’s SFpark meters could change. Motorists will get at least a week’s notice any time the price structure is changed.