Twenty two parking garages in San Francisco will receive safety and technology upgrades. (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)

Twenty two parking garages in San Francisco will receive safety and technology upgrades. (Mike Koozmin/2014 S.F. Examiner)

Parking garages to receive $19M in technology and security upgrades

San Francisco’s largest city parking facilities may soon see sweeping tech upgrades.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency approved a $19.8 million contract with Skidata on Tuesday to revamp 22 parking garages that, combined, house more than 15,000 spaces citywide.

Approval of the contract — which would last May 1, 2016, to June 30, 2029 — will require finalization by the Board of Supervisors.

The City’s parking facilities generated $47 million in net revenue in 2015, according to the SFMTA.

SFMTA Board of Directors Tom Nolan said, that in his 10 years on the board, the parking situation at city facilities “has improved dramatically.”

The SFMTA’s contract for the Parking Access and Revenue Control System will upgrade parking ticket machines with enhanced security and install new surveillance at ticketing machines and at entry and exit points of garages.

New ticketless parking validation systems would also be installed, and ticket machines would be tied into The City’s fiber optic network for faster processing.

Alongside the PARCS revamp are complementary programs, such as a pilot program installation of new digital “wayfinding” signs, which display where available spots can be found.

Much of the PARCS equipment is well past its useful life and dates back to the 1990s, said Ted Graff, director of parking at the SFMTA. The lifespan of such equipment is about 10 years, he said.

Local scooter rental company Scoot also netted 38 new spaces in city parking garages, which was lauded by SFMTA Board of Directors Vice Chairman Cheryl Brinkman.

“I hadn’t really thought before a year ago what a big impact those Scoots were having on people’s lives,” Brinkman said, “helping them to live in The City without owning cars.” Parkingparking garagesSFMTATransit

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