What it does: Luxe sends a valet to park your car anywhere in SF
They’ll also get it washed and fill it with gas if you’d like. When you’re ready to leave, just give them a 15-minute heads up. All for an average (ahem) hourly rate of five bucks.
511 SF Bay Transit App
What it does: Provides door-to-door transit trip planning
Whether you’re traveling via bus, train, and/or ferry, this app shows you how to get where you want to be, and includes schedules, a detailed map with walking directions, fares, and major landmarks. You’ll never get lost again! (Ha, no, you will, though).
What it does: Helps you figure out how to take public transportation
You choose which line you want to ride on Muni, BART, Caltrain, or AC Transit, and Routesy shows you the closet stop or station, as well as when the next bus or train is due to arrive. It’s basically like NextBus, but without having to open and refresh your browser.
What it does: Helps you find hourly and monthly parking options
While SpotOn Parking will find you spaces in commercial lots and garages, they also source from participating churches, schools, and driveways, in case you’re trying to park in a neighborhood where commercial lots don’t exist. There’s an “All You Can Park” option where you pay a monthly rate to use all of the spots as often as you want. The rates range from $1-$5/hour and start at $75/month. It’s basically AirBNB for parking: if you want, you can rent out your driveway in exchange for cash, too (and it comes with way less stress about strangers being weird in your home).
What it does: Finds you a taxi
You already know about Uber and Lyft, but perhaps you’re one of those people who thinks it’s not cool that those services kinda totally exploit drivers and aren’t subject to the same regulations as taxi companies. Well, Flywheel lets you hail a taxi driven by a licensed professional, there’s no surge pricing, and the ride is automatically charged to your card. It’s pretty much the best of both worlds.
What it does: Rent cars from people nearby or share yours with strangers
Like all of the “sharing economy” apps before it, this one is designed to less “share” than get you to part ways with cash or make some extra ducats. You can rent cars from people nearby for a couple of hours (or an entire day) and you can also rent your own car out for some added income.