By Pamela Johnson
Whether you are a long-time resident or visitor coming to San Francisco for the holidays, we encourage you to take the train, bus, walk, ride a bike or take a taxi. If you need to drive, the SFMTA would like for you to have a great parking experience.
Here are tips for parking on the street at one of our meters or in one of our city-owned parking garages.
Parking on the Street
- Park Smart! If you love it, don’t leave it. To avoid having your vehicle broken into, keep all items/valuables out of plain view; better yet, take them with you upon exiting your vehicle.
- Visit the SFMTA webpage so you know the parking meter rates.
- Download the Pay-by-Phone App so you can pay for your parking online.
- You can extend your parking time at a parking meter with the Pay-by-Phone App so you don’t have to return to the meter to pay. You can pay by credit card, with Google or Apple Pay.
- Do not park on the sidewalk—this blocks the path of people walking or using wheelchairs or strollers, and isn’t safe. Your vehicle may be ticketed and/or towed.
Parking Off-Street in Garages & Lots
- Reminder: Avoid having your vehicle broken into, keep all valuables out of sight or take them with you when you exit your vehicle.
- Park in one of our city-owned garages or lots. Ours are typically 50 to 60 percent less expensive than parking in a privately-owned garage or at a meter. Visit the SFMTA webpage so you know the rates.
- If you are concerned about your surroundings and would like an escort to your car, please feel free to use the Ambassador Service in our city-owned garages.
- Take notice of your surroundings. If you see something suspicious, please report it.
- Look both ways for pedestrians when driving into or out of a garage or lot.
More information about San Francisco parking rules can be found in the Drive & Park section of our webpage.
Happy holidays from the SFMTA.
Published December 18, 2019 at 03:49AM