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San Francisco Expands Demand-Based Pricing for Parking Meters

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A man works on his laptop as he sits on a temporary lawn that takes up a metered parking space while participating in (park)ing day September 18, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In an effort to increase the availability of parking spaces in San Francisco, city officials voted Tuesday to expand surge pricing to each of the city’s parking meters. The program currently covers about 7,000 meters. Rates will range from 50 cents to $8 an hour, according to the Municipal Transportation Agency. We’ll discuss the program, which makes San Francisco the only U.S. city to utilize demand-based rates for all of its parking meters. But first, we'll get an update on the fires in Southern California.

Guests:

Michael Cabanatuan, transportation writer, San Francisco Chronicle
Tom Maguire, director of the Sustainable Streets Division, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

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