‘Demand-based’ parking plan approved in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 21: A woman puts money into a parking meter on January 21, 2011 in San Francisco, California. In an effort to eliminate a projected $21.2 million budget deficit by June 30, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has ordered parking and traffic officers to write more parking tickets and plans to reduce employee overtime. San Francisco's parking fines are the most expensive of all big cities in the U.S. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has approved a demand-based parking plan in San Francisco.

It means drivers will see parking rates go up in some of the city’s busiest areas.

The program will use “smart meters” to regularly adjust the parking price based on demand.

Transportation officials say this will reduce the time people spend looking for parking by opening up more spots.

The new program takes effect next month in different parts of the city.

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