In an attempt to create a critical mass of patrons using Civic Center as their preferred garage, SFMTA and its parking garage partner at Performing Arts & Civic Center Garages, Pacific Parking, are conducting an experiment with adjusting parking fees at the two garages on seven (7) nights in September and October 2014. These nights were identified as having numerous performances at SFJAZZ, Nourse Auditorium, Davies Symphony Hall and/or the Opera House, but not one at Bill Graham Civic.

On most evenings, those without a performance at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the Civic Center Garage has many available parking spaces and the Performing Arts Garage has few if any spaces. This causes traffic jams, pedestrian hazards and frustration for all even those merely trying to drive past the performing arts buildings on Franklin.

Experimental Special Event Parking Rates:

  • $5 Civic Center Garage
  • $20 Performing Arts Garage
  • Dates these adjusted rates will be in effect: 9/3, 9/5, 9/27, 10/18, 10/22, 10/23 & 10/24
  • Special Event Rates typically begin 3 hours before the event time.
  • Special Event Rates on other nights remain $15.
  • Rates for pre-paid parking is unaffected by this experiment.

This experiment is part of an ongoing collaboration between the CBD and staff at SFMTA. The CBD would also want to take a moment to extend our appreciation to Amit Kothari and Rob Malone from SFMTA and Francisco Lira from Pacific Parking for their willingness to help improve the conditions at Civic Center garage and for working to find solutions that better satisfy our patrons.