Welcome: Purpose and Need of Pilot

Welcome to the goBerkeley SmartSpace Parking Pilot online open house!

The goBerkeley SmartSpace parking pilot project is exploring ways to reduce emissions and avoidable parking citations associated with the “two-hour shuffle,” improve parking availability, and provide more travel options for residents, employees, and visitors in the Southside/Telegraph and Elmwood neighborhoods. 

This Online Open House contains information about how parking is currently managed in the two pilot areas and presents potential changes that could be studied during the pilot period. Based on community feedback received in fall 2021, the City is currently evaluating new alternatives for each pilot area 

In the Elmwood, this includes the options of a merchant employee parking pass program, merchant-supported commuter benefits for employees, such as transit passes, and/or longer unpaid time limits in RPP zones (up to 3 or 4 hours). In the Southside/Telegraph pilot area, we are also considering the option of demand-responsive parking pricing for visitors, if supported by the community. Any paid parking option would incorporate prior community feedback.  

Your input is essential to creating a successful project. We invite you to take our survey and let us know your current parking and travel experiences within the Elmwood or Southside/Telegraph pilot areas. We are keeping the survey open until March 2022 while we consider alternate strategies for the pilot. We will be updating this website to reflect the new alternatives for the pilot as they are developed. 

This pilot project is funded in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) under the Climate Initiatives Program, which seeks to identify effective ways of reducing transportation related greenhouse gas emissions.  

Map shows Southside/Telegraph project area and Elmwood project area. The Southside/Telegraph project area borders Bancroft Way on the north side, Piedmont Avenue on the East side, Parker Street on the South side, and Ellsworth Street on the West side. Streets within the project area include Channing Way, Durwant Avenue, Haste Street, Dwight Way, Blake Street, Parker Street, College Avenue, Bienvenue Avenue. Hillegass Avenue, Telegraph Avenue, and Dana Street. The Elmwood project area borders Stuart St. in the north, Piedmont in the East, Woolsey St. in the South and Regent St. in the West. Streets included in the project area include Russell Street, Ashby Avenue, Webster Street, College Avenue, Bienvenue Avenue, and Bateman Street.
A map displaying the parking pilot areas in the Southside/Telegraph and Elmwood neighborhoods.


Thank you for those who joined our recent online community meetings! Continue to visit this website to stay updated.

Previously held meetings:

  • Elmwood Area: November 16, 2021
  • Southside/Telegraph Area: November 17, 2021
  • City of Berkeley Transportation Commission: November 18, 2021
  • Community-led Forum: December 8, 2021
  • Elmwood Area: December 15, 2021
  • Southside/Telegraph Area: December 16, 2021
  • Elmwood Area: April 27, 2022
  • Southside/Telegraph Area: April 28, 2022

For past meeting notes and more materials, see the Additional Resources section on this site.

Explore the pilot areas and take our survey!

The image carousels below present information about how visitor parking is currently managed in the two pilot areas.

Elmwood pilot area

Based on community concerns about the conceptual proposal, the city is evaluating alternate options for reducing the “two-hour shuffle” in the Elmwood pilot area, such as permits for some employees. Visitor paid parking will no longer be considered as an option in the Elmwood area as part of the SmartSpace pilot project. We are working with our grant funders to determine flexibility and/or a change in the scope to test alternatives to this concept.

Southside/Telegraph pilot area

How to use these image carousels

  • Click through the images to learn how parking is currently managed in the two pilot areas.
  • If you are on a device with a small screen, touch each image in the carousel and zoom in to see more information.

Share your experience with us!

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More Information

Our Promise

As part of the engagement process for this project, the City of Berkeley promises to:

  1. Inform the community about the process and how we will use their feedback develop the SmartSpace pilot.
  2. Collect ongoing feedback from the community both online and in person (if possible) throughout the project’s entirety.
  3. Use all community feedback collected through this engagement process to inform the development of the City’s parking policy, thus improving the City’s overall transportation network.
  4. Report back to the community on how we considered and used all feedback.

Our Committees

Additional Resources

Want to learn more about the pilot program? Please see below for more information and links to different resources:

Official documents and technical information:

Additional Resources

Want to learn more about the pilot program? Please see below for more information and links to different resources:

Official documents and technical information:

Project Timeline

The parking pilot project began in fall 2019 and will continue until 2023.


Fall 2021/Winter 2022 – We are here

Data collection, survey

Develop pilot with community input

Spring 2022

Seek approval for final pilot proposal

Summer 2022

Project launch

Fall 2022

Collect data & identify possible changes

Feb 2023

Final data collection & survey

Spring 2023

Develop final report for Council & grant funder

Present findings & next steps to Council

July 1, 2023

Project sunsets (if not extended)

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goBerkeley - 324-001-000 - comment form (dec 2021)

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