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Dolores Street Median Parking Pilot

Project Introduction

The Dolores Street Median Parking Pilot authorizes parking in the travel lanes adjacent to the center medians on Dolores Street for designated periods of time on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The pilot was approved for implementation by the SFMTA Board of Directors on January 17, 2017. The pilot began on Friday, April 21, 2017 and will run for a period of 16 months. Staff is recommending that the pilot be made permanent.

The SFMTA Board will be asked to accept this recommendation at it's July 17th meeting. Minor changes will include reducing the Sunday parking times by 1.5 hours, ending at 4:30 and expanding the times where parking is currently allowed on Saturdays from noon to 1:30pm.


Parking alongside Dolores Street center medians is permitted at the following times and locations on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays:

  • Fridays, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

    • Dolores Street between Alert Alley and 16th Street, southbound only
  • Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Dolores Street between Alert Alley and 16th Street, southbound only
  • Sundays, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Dolores Street between 14th and 18th streets, both northbound and southbound

Vehicles parked between medians, in red zones and outside of permitted parking hours will be ticketed and potentially towed. Signage and curb paint indicate when and where parking is permitted along the corridor.

Project History

On January 17, 2017, the SFMTA Board of Directors approved the Dolores Street Median Parking Pilot, which is a 16-month pilot project that will authorize parking alongside certain Dolores Street center medians between 14th and 18th Streets. The pilot is intended to provide clarity as to the times and dates during which “median parking” (the term commonly used to refer to the practice of parking vehicles in the travel lane adjacent to the Dolores Street center medians) will be permitted. The pilot will likewise increase the safety of Dolores Street for all street users by limiting where and when the parking may occur. 

The goals and objectives of the median parking pilot are as follows: 

  1. Formalize median parking alongside specific Dolores Street center medians between 14th and 18th Streets, limited to locations where it has historically existed
  2. Clarify and eliminate the existing uncertainty that surrounds median parking:
    • Specify times and dates during which median parking will be permitted
    • Ensure that the public is aware that anyone – regardless of organizational affiliation or lack thereof – may engage in median parking
    • Actively enforce median parking rules and regulations in order to ensure the success of the pilot.
  3. Increase safety of the Dolores corridor by:
    • Significantly reducing or eliminating median parking outside of permitted hours (particularly overnight) by way of enhanced, targeted enforcement
    • Enhancing visibility for all road users by removing parking that currently occurs within intersections
    • Improving access for emergency response vehicles by removing the perpendicular parking that currently occurs between medians 

The pilot's 16 month duration will enable the SFMTA to monitor, evaluate and modify pilot components as/if needed. The success of the pilot will be evaulated on the following criteria:

  • Reduction in incidence of night-time parking on the median
  • Elimination of parking on red-curb areas (day-lighting success)
  • Elimination of parallel parking between medians
  • Emergency response times through the area
  • Compliance with posted permitted parking hours

On July 15, 2018, a public hearing was heard to consider making the pilot project permanent with minor revisions. It is expected that this recommendation will be heard at the SFMTA Board in July 2018.

This website will be updated with more information as developments related to the pilot implementation occur. 

Project Timeline 
Spring 2017
Pilot Implementation
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Pilot in effect
Summer 2018
Pilot evaluation (pilot remains in effect during this time)
Summer 2018
Board Action requested to make program permanent
Project Success
On schedule
Contact Information
John Knox White