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New Street Parking Regulations in San Francisco

posted Jul 14, 2016, 4:37 PM by Chris Bliss   [ updated Jul 14, 2016, 5:03 PM ]

We’ve all experienced the difficulty of parking near the SF campus. Part of the problem is that spots have been taken by all-day parkers who don’t live or work in the neighborhood; they arrive early in the morning and then bike, bus, or taxi elsewhere in the city.  

 For the past four years, CCA, the Potrero Boosters, and the SF Design Center have been working together with San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) to develop a better way to manage parking capacity in the area. Initially SFMTA proposed meters throughout the neighborhood, but the community pushed back. 

 You may have noticed changes in the last few weeks. Once completed, there will be two types of street parking in the area. The majority will be timed zones with a four-hour limit between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. In addition, some of the major streets (e.g., 7th, 16th, and Kansas) will have 4-hour meters. The combination of these two controls will stimulate turnover and should allow anyone visiting the area to find a parking place more easily.

 SFMTA has strict laws about parking, e.g., how far away from your first four-hour spot do you need to park? (Answer: 500 feet) Here are links to information on parking legally in San Francisco and rules about parking meters. Be sure to read all signs before leaving your car!

 To further alleviate parking frustration, the college will be leasing, on a short-term basis, a portion of the Back Lot to a vendor who will manage and operate the parking. We are estimating about 70 spots, and we will be negotiating a discount rate for the CCA community. We are working to secure necessary permits and hope to have this in place in the fall. More information to come.

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