SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Motorists in San Francisco are being introduced to demand-based parking fees ranging from 25 cents to $6 an hour, depending on how many spaces are available.

During ball games, festivals and other special events, however, prices could jump to $18 an hour.

The city-run SFpark flex pricing program on city streets and in public parking garages is debuting April 21.

Under the program, rates at curbside meters will be adjusted block by block in an attempt to have at least one parking space available at any time on a given block.

Transportation planners figure drivers will spend less time circling for parking, which will ease congestion and pollution.

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Comments (5)
  1. Tad Dunlap says:

    Unbelievable – 18 an hour?? The SIX an hour in the headline is misleading when the article states it can go up to 18 an HOUR.

    Business owners can say goodbye to a big chunk of their income. Who would even bother to try and come into the busier areas if they have to shell out the price of a plane ticket to park long enough to have dinner and/or take in a movie/concert?

    I used to feel lucky to find a parking space within a few blocks of my destination. Now there is no point in trying unless I hit the Lotto! So much for progress in San Francisco-

  2. tn says:

    Looking for the Job Opportunities section of City jobs. I would like to apply for position of Human Parking Meter (making $18/hour). Resume to follow.

  3. don says:

    I hope they make enough to pay city manager, this is one of the most corrupt city I know.

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