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Release date: Oct. 3, 2011

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages transportation in the City, today joined Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu to announce an on-street car sharing pilot program. Through this pilot, eleven on-street parking spaces will be dedicated to car sharing, enabling members of City CarShare to pick up and drop off car sharing vehicles in convenient locations. The six-month trial will include nine neighborhoods citywide.

“Car sharing is one of the many transportation options available to San Franciscans. It can help reduce parking demand and greenhouse gas emissions while improving mobility,” said Mayor Lee. “Studies show that each car sharing vehicle replaces about 15 private vehicles.”

“Placing car sharing vehicles on-street can make them more visible and accessible,” San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. “Making car sharing more convenient supports the City’s Transit First policy by reducing dependence on private automobiles.”

“To provide attractive alternatives to car ownership, car sharing has to be an essential part of the solution. Through this pilot, we’re testing ways to make it more a more convenient alternative,” said Edward D. Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “The leadership of Mayor Lee and Supervisor Chiu, along with the collaboration of our partners will help us make car sharing more convenient.”

"City CarShare is very excited to be working with the City and the SFMTA on this important program," said Rick Hutchinson, City CarShare's, CEO. "In addition to all of the important net environmental and social benefits that car sharing has proven to deliver, City CarShare members save a hundreds of dollars on car related expenses each month that they can put right back into the local economy by patronizing our neighborhood merchants."

The SFMTA is implementing this pilot under the SFpark umbrella of parking management using an agreement with the City Administrator’s Office and City CarShare. The pilot will test the feasibility and effectiveness of on-street car sharing spaces.If successful, the SFMTA will implement a citywide expanded program.

On-Street CarShare Pilot Locations

The following on-street locations were launched today:

  • Polk and Greenwich streets (Russian Hill)
  • Taylor and Pacific streets (Russian Hill)
  • 38 Harriet Street (South of Market)
  • Valencia and 17th streets (Mission)
  • Clay and Fillmore streets (Lower Pacific Heights)

The SFMTA also plans to launch the following six spaces in November:

  • Carroll and 3rd streeets (Bayview)
  • 3rd and 22nd street (Dogpatch)
  • Bosworth and Brompton (Glen Park)
  • Judah & 12th Ave (Inner Sunset)
  • Judah & 43rd Ave (Outer Sunset)
  • Judah & 44th Ave (Outer Sunset)

According to the agreement with City CarShare, the SFMTA will receive $150 per space per month during the pilot. This includes the median cost for a reserved car sharing space in SFMTA parking garages along with all costs involved with implementation, including the cost of signage. The locations were selected in coordination with each district supervisor and area merchants. City CarShare continues to reach out to neighborhood and merchant groups about the pilot.

In June joint legislation was introduced at the Board of Supervisors by Mayor Lee and Supervisor Chiu to make the necessary changes to the Transportation Code. The SFMTA Board of Directors authorized the changes at their August 2 meeting. The public hearing regarding the placement of the on-street car sharing spaces took place in July.

Car sharing can help the SFMTA achieve its goals for parking management and overall goals for transportation by reducing parking demand and greenhouse gas emissions while improving mobility. While car sharing trips are still vehicle trips, car sharing can reduce private vehicle ownership rates and vehicle miles traveled. The new parking zones created by the changes in the Transportation Code will encourage car sharing by increasing the visibility, making it more convenient and increase the number of location options.

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