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Port District parking cost to rise

PR spin touts "modern, user-friendly interface to visitors" — Yay!

Tuna Harbor parking lot
Tuna Harbor parking lot

The price to park is set to spike across San Diego's bay front, following approval last week by the Port of San Diego of the purchase and installation of 520 solar-powered "smart meters" and a change allowing port-owned lots and garages to adjust pricing based on parking demand.

The new meters, which will range in fees from $1 to $2.50 per hour and will be enforced even on Sundays, were approved following the reported success of a pilot program launched in Tuna Harbor last year.

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"Demand for public parking along San Diego's popular waterfront has grown in recent years," a port press release states. "Due to recent developments including the opening of the County of San Diego Waterfront Park, The Headquarters retail and restaurant center, the new hotel construction and park at Lane Field, and the construction of public improvements along the North Embarcadero, parking availability has been reduced.

According to the port, the new meters "will improve the visitor experience by providing a modern, user-friendly interface to visitors" that includes an option to pay by credit card.

Enforcement hours will also shift at various waterfront facilities, moving two hours forward from the current 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to a new pay-parking time frame of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The changes are set to take effect May 15.

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The price to park is set to spike across San Diego's bay front, following approval last week by the Port of San Diego of the purchase and installation of 520 solar-powered "smart meters" and a change allowing port-owned lots and garages to adjust pricing based on parking demand.

The new meters, which will range in fees from $1 to $2.50 per hour and will be enforced even on Sundays, were approved following the reported success of a pilot program launched in Tuna Harbor last year.

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"Demand for public parking along San Diego's popular waterfront has grown in recent years," a port press release states. "Due to recent developments including the opening of the County of San Diego Waterfront Park, The Headquarters retail and restaurant center, the new hotel construction and park at Lane Field, and the construction of public improvements along the North Embarcadero, parking availability has been reduced.

According to the port, the new meters "will improve the visitor experience by providing a modern, user-friendly interface to visitors" that includes an option to pay by credit card.

Enforcement hours will also shift at various waterfront facilities, moving two hours forward from the current 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to a new pay-parking time frame of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The changes are set to take effect May 15.

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"will improve the visitor experience by providing a modern, user-friendly interface to visitors" is political speak for pay more get less. The thing that they are not telling you about is that these "smart meters" come with a sensor that zero's out any time left on the meter as soon as you pull away. This, of course, means that another person can not hitch hike on the time left on the meter. I never go anywhere that I have to pay to park. There are many places one can go and experience the joys of San Diego without feeding a meter.

April 21, 2015

I'm all for it... as the number of spaces dwindle, the price should go up; and vice-versa. I'd rather be able to find a spot and choose whether or not to pay that price than circle around endlessly looking for "cheap" spots that don't exist. My time is worth more than a couple of dollars.

April 22, 2015

I agree, why shouldn't parking prices be set based on supply and demand, which the smart meters will allow. People have an odd sense of free parking entitlement (see Alex Clarke's posts) despite demand.

The port concluded that using market-based pricing will increase access to the waterfront, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to endless circling. Neither of these were mentioned in Dave's article.

The coastal commission opposed these changes and the board postponed the change as a result, but will be voting again on the changes at their next meeting.

May 6, 2015

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