441,541

It’s Tuesday… which means that I am normally out and about on broker’s tour, looking at newly listed San Francisco homes. And nothing makes me quite as thankful on a Tuesday as an easily accessibly parking spot. Which got me thinking about parking… and it turns out that San Francisco, as part of it’s smartpark program, actually conducted a census on how many parking spots are in the city of San Francisco. From the SF Chronicle, here’s the scoop on parking spots in San Francisco:

These days, you hear the word census and you think people. But San Francisco has always been a bit different and has spent the past 18 months conducting a census of parking spaces. And nowit’s the first city in the country to know exactly how many spaces it has: 441,541.

“I guess we didn’t have anything better to do,†joked Mayor Gavin Newsom.

That number includes free and metered spaces on streets, as well as all spaces in garages open to the public. Specifically, there are 280,000 spaces on streets, 25,000 of which are metered.

Newsom said the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which spent 18 months tallying spaces, had a very good reason for the parking census. It’s background work toward implementing S.F. Park later this year.

The program, now in a pilot phase at the Port, will implement congestion pricing for parking spaces, meaning that it will cost more to park in an area coveted by drivers or during a time of day that’s especially popular.

“It’s a revolutionary effort,†Newsom said, noting it should create more parking turnover and eliminate the need to circle blocks for parking multiple times. He added that people will be able to use their smart phones to track where among those 441,541 slots there’s actually an open parking space.

Hope everyone else has a wonderful Tuesday, and that your parking spots are bountiful!

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