San Francisco Launches iPhone Parking Scheme, For a Price


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San Francisco is launching a pay-by-iPhone scheme for parking.

Called SFpark, the pilot program starts in early May. The SFPark app, free to download, helps you find parking and pricing information from your iPhone. Users pay $0.45 for every transaction and the system charges different rates depending on demand in the area with prices ranging from $2.00 to over $4.00 an hour.

Beginning in early May, parking prices will be incrementally raised or lowered in SFpark pilot areas based on demand. Rates change no more than once a month and only in small increments.

The pilot includes 6,000 of San Francisco’s 25,000 metered spaces and 12,250 spaces in 15 of 20 city- owned parking garages. It will cover eight neighborhoods including Civic Center, Hayes Valley, the Financial District, SoMa, the Mission, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Fillmore and the Marina.

Are you willing to pay extra for the ease of paying by iPhone?