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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.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A car parked with its front wheel turned to touch the curb.

To prevent runaway vehicles, local law requires drivers to curb their wheels when parking on a grade greater than 3 percent (1.72 degrees). Since most of us don’t carry a level to measure how steep a street is, it’s a good idea to make it a habit every time you parallel park.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A driveway with short red curb zones on either side and an "MTA" stencil marking.

Our “San Francisco Parking Tips” blog series explains some of the lesser-known rules listed in the SFMTA’s new Streets of San Francisco Parking Guide (PDF). It’s part of the SFMTA’s effort to make it easier for locals and visitors to understand and follow the rules of on-street parking.

To park legally around a driveway, it’s important to understand where the driveway begins and the sidewalk ends.

It is generally illegal to park in front of a driveway or past a "curb cut," which is the point where the curb starts to slope downward and the driveway begins. Some driveways have red zones marked on either side of the curb cut to provide additional clearance for vehicles to access the driveway. These are each typically two feet wide and marked with red paint and an official “SFMTA” or “MTA” stencil.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Our “San Francisco Parking Tips” blog series explains some of the lesser-known rules listed in the SFMTA’s new Streets of San Francisco Parking Guide (PDF). It’s part of the SFMTA’s effort to make it easier for locals and visitors to understand and follow the rules of on-street parking.

Low-angle photo of red and white "Tow Away, No Stopping" street sign with a blue sky in the background.
Look for these red and white signs (and others) before you park. 

Commute hour tow-away zones are curbside parking areas that are converted to traffic lanes to reduce traffic congestion during rush hour. During posted times, drivers are prohibited from stopping in these lanes, and violators may have their vehicles ticketed and towed.

Commute hour tow-away zones tend to be found on streets prone to heavy traffic, such as downtown and SoMa.

These restrictions are usually in place between the peak commute hours of 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., though the specific times are posted on signs.

Commute hour tow-away restrictions take precedence over any other restrictions posted on the street. There are no exemptions for drivers who display disabled parking placards or stop to pick up or drop off passengers.

We don’t want your vehicle to get towed any more than you do. Here are some tips to avoid it.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Muni operators were assaulted 100 times between 2013 and 2015. With more than 700,000 Muni boardings and 8,800 bus trips every day, these attacks are rare – but any attack is unacceptable. And of course, it’s a crime.

The SFMTA is tackling this issue head on. We’re looking at ways to ensure the safety of all of our frontline staff, including transit operators, parking control officers, fare inspectors, station agents and custodians.

An advertisement image showing a male Muni operator alongside the text, “I get you across town safely. I wanted to get home safely, too. #KeepThemSafe. Every 11 days a Muni operator is assaulted

Ads like these will appear around San Francisco as part of a new campaign to spread the message to keep our frontline staff safe.