Transition costs and transportation reform: The case of SFpark

This article describes and analyzes the backlash that arose when San Francisco attempted to expand its program of dynamic parking pricing, called SFpark, into an unmetered neighborhood. The author places this episode in the context of the literature on transition costs and policy reforms: many beneficial policies are stymied because they cannot overcome a period of initial opposition. Compared to other policy reforms, transportation pricing should be less vulnerable to such transition costs, because it generates revenue that policymakers can use to reduce political opposition. As the author demonstrates, however, when revenue is not used with political considerations in mind, it can exacerbate rather than mitigate political conflict.


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  • Accession Number: 01684674
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 2018 10:47AM