San Francisco to be First U.S. City with Surge Based Parking Meters

Under a plan being considered by the Municipal Transportation Agency, pricing at every parking meter in San Francisco in 2018 will become surge-based.

In the proposal, each of the city’s 30,200 meters would be subject to hourly rates that vary depending on demand.

The approach is intended to increase the availability of coveted city parking spaces.

If the proposal moves ahead, San Francisco would become the first U.S. city to have a citywide demand-based parking rates.

The pricing is already used in 7,000 of the city’s metered parking spaces as well as some garages.