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Link light rail station neighborhood parking plans: Columbia City

Updated July 2011

In July 2009, SDOT installed a new restricted parking zone (RPZ), Zone 29, around the Columbia City station area to support business and residential parking needs.

In 2010, SDOT checked in with businesses and residents, and also conducted a follow-up parking study to see whether on-street parking use changed. Read the 2010 report here.

If you have any questions, would like to invite us to a meeting, or want to share your feedback, please contact Ruth Harper at (206) 684-4103 or

How to get a permit

Zone 29 permits expire on October 31, 2011. If you received a permit within the past two years, SDOT will send you a formal renewal notice in the mail.

If you do not have a permit, click here for a permit application.

RPZ permits are good for a 2-year cycle. Decals are $65 each, a guest permit is $30, and low-income permits are available for $10. Learn more about permit fees and how to apply for a low-income permit.

Background info

Click on the map to see the final parking plan for the Columbia City station area

Zone 29 Facts

  • The Columbia City station area RPZ is Zone 29
  • The hours of the zone are Monday-Friday, 7am – 6pm
  • Most vehicles can stay up to two hours without a permit; in some locations a four-hour time limit is being installed at the request of nearby businesses

Community Input Incorporated Into Light Rail Parking Plans

  • The ideas and concerns of residents and employees around the southeast light rail stations were critical to developing this parking management plan
  • In response to community comments, here are changes from the   December 2008 draft proposal :
    • All streets located within New Rainier Vista between S Dakota St, Martin Luther King Way S, 28th Ave S and S Columbian Way will be included in the initial RPZ.
    • The zone boundary is extended southeast to S Hudson Street between 35th Ave S and 37th Ave

2008 parking data

Throughout fall 2008, SDOT collected information about utilization, which is how many cars are parked on the streets around the light rail stations. This information, summarized in the  Link Station Area Parking Study, is being used two ways: to help design proposals to manage on-street parking and to create a baseline that on-street parking conditions can be compared to in the future.

Click  here   for a zoning map of the Columbia City station area



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