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San Francisco To Debut Demand-Based Parking Rates

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A person puts money inside a parking meter. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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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