San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)

CA: SFMTA Completes Parking Census

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has released a complete citywide parking census that was conducted as part of the SFpark project.

“This complete parking census is another step in the right direction to make parking easier in San Francisco,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA director of transportation. “This information enables the SFMTA and other city departments to rapidly assess parking supply when planning and implementing projects, saving the city time and money for projects going forward.”

The city has approximately 275,500 on-street parking spaces, ten percent of which are metered. An additional 166,500 publicly-available parking spaces in garages and lots bring the total to over 442,000 parking spaces citywide. These 442,000 publicly-available spaces are in addition to private parking for houses, apartment buildings, and businesses.

First released in 2010, the citywide parking census was the first of its kind in the world. At the time, the SFMTA counted parking spaces on a random sample of 30 percent of blocks in the city to estimate of the number of unmetered on-street parking spaces. Now, the SFMTA has completed a manual count of parking spaces on every street.

At nearly 900 miles, the total length of the city’s 275,500 on-street parking spaces exceeds California’s 840-mile coastline.

The new dataset contains a count of all legal on-street parking spaces per block, including metered and unmetered spaces. Data for publicly-available off-street spaces are also available separately.

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