parking_meters.jpgReal-time parking information for some of San Francisco’s streets will be available starting Thursday, marking a key phase of the city’s new parking program that Mayor Ed Lee and other city officials will be gathering at City Hall to celebrate.

SFpark, a two-year pilot project unveiled last year, will start Thursday distributing real-time information collected by smart meters and sensors about where parking is available so that drivers can quickly find open spaces.

The information, which will only be for select neighborhoods being tested as part of the pilot program, will be available at, or via an iPhone application, according to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency officials.

As of Wednesday night, the app was available in Apple’s iPhone App Store.

Lee, SFMTA Board Chairman Tom Nolan, SFMTA Executive Director Nat
Ford, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, and other city officials are among the dignitaries expected to attend the 11 a.m. event at City Hall, which will include a presentation of the new iPhone app.

SFMTA officials say the pilot program will help reduce the carbon footprint of the city’s drivers, who often have to circle around looking for spots, which wastes gas and increases pollution.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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