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Dogpatch Parking Management

Project Status 
Current
Neighborhoods 

The Dogpatch Parking Management Plan is an effort to improve the availability of on-street parking to meet growing demand in the Dogpatch neighborhood.

With more building developments and commerce in the area, parking spots are already scarce during the day – and bigger developments are on the horizon. As activity in Dogpatch grows, on-street parking regulations must be updated to help ensure that parking spaces can be used efficiently and made available for those who need them most. When parking spaces are left unregulated despite high demand, they tend to stay occupied, which leaves drivers circling for a spot. That adds to traffic congestion and transit delays, and it makes streets less safe and pleasant for people who live in, work in and visit the neighborhood.

Since early 2016, SFMTA staff has been working with neighborhood residents and local businesses to develop a proposal to manage parking in Dogpatch using a mix of parking regulations. We are now gathering feedback on the draft proposal from the broader community.

Project Details, History or Features 

The Dogpatch Parking Management Plan is an effort to make more on-street parking available to meet growing demand in the Dogpatch neighborhood.

With more building developments and commerce in the area, parking spots are already scarce during the day – and bigger developments are on the horizon. As activity in Dogpatch grows, on-street parking regulations must be updated to help ensure that parking spaces can be used efficiently and made available for those who need them most. When parking spaces are left unregulated despite high demand, they tend to stay occupied, which leaves drivers circling for a spot. That adds to traffic congestion and transit delays, and it makes streets less safe and pleasant for people who live in, work in and visit the neighborhood.

Since early 2016, SFMTA staff has consulted with a working group of neighborhood and local business leaders to develop a proposal to manage parking in Dogpatch using a mix of parking regulations. We are now gathering feedback on the draft proposal from the broader community.

 HIGH DEMAND FOR PARKING

Currently, there are approximately 1,500 housing units in the Dogpatch neighborhood and 400 business establishments with 7,000 workers. The City Planning Department has estimated that over 1,500 new residential units will be built in Dogpatch in the next few years, doubling the total population by 2020.

In addition, land uses in the Dogpatch are very diverse, with commercial/retail, residential, institutional and industrial uses together, sometimes on the same block or within a few feet of each other.

The Dogpatch is a small area with major destinations such as the 22nd Street Caltrain Station, the Muni's T Third Line along 3rd Street, the 22nd and 3rd Street commercial corridors, the Muni Woods Division bus yard and the 300 businesses located at the American Industrial Center. 

Just outside the neighborhood are other current and future traffic generators like the recently opened UCSF children’s hospital, the future Warriors Arena, and the planned development of Pier 70, which is scheduled to add thousands of residential units and a major maker and retail destination.  

WHO PARKS IN DOGPATCH: STUDY FINDINGS

The SFMTA conducted two discreet parking utlilization studies in the Dogpatch. The first was in October 2016 and the second was in August 2016. We studied the proportion of vehicles parked on streets in Dogpatch that were registered to addresses near the area. We compared those numbers for streets with and without parking regulations including parking meters and time limits for vehicles without Residential Parking Permits.

  • On blocks with parking regulations, the share of parked vehicles that were registered locally (within a quarter-mile of their parking spot) varied significantly throughout the day. From the early morning to the afternoon, that share of vehicles dropped from approximately 80 percent to 50 percent, and rose to about 66 percent in the evening.
  • On blocks without parking regulations (the majority of blocks in the area), the share of locally-registered vehicles was consistently lower, and a greater share were registered to addresses more than two miles away.  From the early morning to the afternoon, the share of locally-registered vehicles dropped from about 50 percent to 40 percent, and rose to about 45 percent in the evening.

DOGPATCH STUDY AREA

The Dogpatch study area is bounded by Mariposa Street to the north, the San Francisco Bay to the east, Cesar Chavez Street to the south and Pennsylvania Avenue and Highway 280 to the west.

The study area is broken down into a north, central and south section. The image below shows a map of these three sections, along with a list of the main destinations (existing and planned) that draw vehicle traffic in each one.

Dogpatch Study Area

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Meeting Dogpatch's on-street parking crunch requires solutions as diverse as the needs of those who live and work in the neighborhood. To develop the draft Dogpatch parking management proposal, the SFMTA has met with a working group of neighborhood residents and businesses to collect focused feedback since early 2016.

Neighborhood representatives on the working group have included the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association, Potrero-Dogpatch Merchants Association, Dogpatch Business Association, Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District, and the American Industrial Center.

Contact Information 
Kathryn Studwell
415.701.5708
Pamela Johnson, Public Relations Officer
415.579.9712