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Monday, May 22, 2017

A man uses a touch screen for the new parking garage payment system.
New parking payment systems allow customers to use Apple Pay and provide on-screen instructions in multiple languages.

We’re excited to introduce new 21st-century technology at city-owned parking facilities to enhance the customer experience. The new Parking Access Revenue Control Systems (PARCS) will make exiting faster, improve customer service and provide enhanced credit card security. The Polk-Bush Garage is the first to completely receive these state-of-the-art upgrades, which will be completed by 2019.

PARCS is a combination of hardware and software that provides the infrastructure to run a parking facility. This operational investment in the city’s infrastructure will make for a smoother experience for city drivers.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bus driving up Van Ness Avenue, foreground is a construction notice posted for the Van Ness Improvement Project.

SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, May 16, 1 p.m.
City Hall, Room 400
Nearby Muni Routes: 5, 19, 21, 47, 49, F Market, Metro-Civic Center Station

The agenda for tomorrow’s Board of Directors meeting includes approval of resolutions on transportation funding priorities for a regional ballot measure in 2018 and reallocating funds from the 2014 Transportation and Road Improvement General Obligation Bond to various programs and projects.

Our Board of Directors meetings are usually held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The agendas are posted under “meetings” on the Board’s webpage 72 hours in advance.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A corner on Vicente Street with existing “front-in” angled parking and “daylighting.”
A corner on Vicente Street with existing “front-in” angled parking and “daylighting.”

Like most streets in the Outer Sunset, Vicente Street has road space to spare. We’ve proposed changes to Vicente, from 17th Avenue to the beach, that would re-align parking spaces to add more of them, improve visibility at street corners and add bike lanes.

These changes are on the agenda for our bi-weekly engineering public hearing tomorrow, and there will be other chances to weigh in on them before they’re approved.

Here are the changes proposed for Vicente, between 17th Ave. and Lower Great Highway:

Monday, April 17, 2017

Outbound 48 Quintara-24th Street bus driving past a yellow building in the afternoon.

SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, April 18, 1 p.m.
City Hall, Room 400
Nearby Muni Routes: 5, 19, 21, 47, 49, F Market, Metro-Civic Center Station

The agenda for tomorrow’s Board of Directors meeting includes approval of a parking-protected bike lane along eastbound 13th Street, between Folsom and Bryant streets, and contract amendments to purchase 185 new 40-foot electric trolley buses.

Monday, March 27, 2017

In two weeks, San Francisco will celebrate Giants Opening Day. This week, the Giants will host the Oakland Athletics for two pre-season games at AT&T park.

With the start of baseball season comes planning for getting to and from SF's beautiful ballpark. 

Muni light rail vehicle passes in front of AT&T Park.
Muni light rail vehicles travel down King Street in front of AT&T Park.

As in previous years, there are many choices for travel during baseball season — designed to facilitate safe, timely and reliable service to and from the ballpark and beyond.

Friday, January 20, 2017

A car parked in a curbside parking space with car-share markings.

A lot of San Franciscans only need to drive sometimes. If you can mostly get around by foot, bike and transit, you might not need to own a car, but would like to still have a convenient option to drive for the occasional mountain hike or furniture shopping.

That’s why we’ve seen the recent rise of car sharing: Cars you can rent near your home, for those who don’t want to own a whole car - just “enough” car.

Car sharing services give people the flexibility they need to sell their car (or forego buying one). In turn, it frees up parking spaces for those who need them most.

But just how many people use each car-share vehicle? And as we bring more on-street car-share parking spaces to make it convenient for more people, how do we best foster these services to benefit everyone in the city?

These are the kinds of questions we explored in our new On-Street Car Sharing Pilot Program Evaluation Report [PDF]. Through this pilot program, since 2014 we’ve permitted about 200 dedicated curbside parking spaces to car sharing services around the city to supplement the spaces in parking garages and lots.

Friday, December 23, 2016

As we head into a week of celebrations with families and friends, we wish you and yours a festive and safe holiday.

In our 2016 annual report, Delivering Progress, we reflect on this year's accomplishments and review the challenges ahead. We invite you to learn more and to please take a moment to share your thoughts about the report in a quick survey.

SFMTA "Season's Greetings" graphic and message
The SFMTA 2016 holiday greeting asks your feedback on the agency's annual report. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pedestrians and a Muni bus cross 4th Street on Market from the 5th and Mission garage.
The 5th and Mission garage is conveniently located to great shopping, dining and sight-seeing options in SF.

For many, the holiday season isn’t complete without a trip to the city for shopping and dining. However you get around, have a safe and festive holiday season.

Remember, events like the Union Square Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 25 and the season-long Winter Walk on Stockton Street are great attractions for all ages and are very accessible by public transit, walking, riding a bike and taking a taxi. Get more details about these events, Thanksgiving Muni schedules and other upcoming transit and traffic advisories.

If you drive to popular areas like Union Square, let parking in one of the 38 SFMTA public parking garages and lots be the antidote to what can be a holiday hassle. The parking spaces – more than 14,000 of them – tend to fill up less than on-street spaces, allowing you to circle less while looking for parking. And compared to privately-owned garages, public garages often cost considerably less.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

People on the sidewalk walk by the 5th and Mission parking garage as a driver waits to exit.
Moscone Center Garage on 3rd Street is conveniently located for downtown sights and museums.

If you drive to popular areas like Union Square to shop during the holiday season, parking can get frustrating. But we would like to remind you that our public parking garages can be a real bargain.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Cream vintage Volkswagen sits in a driveway in front of a closed teal garage door

Parking a vehicle on the sidewalk isn’t just illegal – it makes sidewalks less safe and accessible, especially for those using wheelchairs and strollers and those who are visually impaired.

Sidewalks, which are legally defined as the areas of a street between a property line and a curb, are dedicated to provide clear passage for people. California Vehicle Code Section 22500F prohibits stopping a vehicle – including motorcycles – on “any portion” of the sidewalk.