Sometimes plans change. An old friend shows up at the bar. The work meeting turns into work drinking. The night just gets away from you. But you drove to the bar - now what to do?
We want to give people the option to change their plans, stay safe and still have a good time. That's why the Mayor asked our Department of Transportation to reprogram all parking pay stations to open at 10 p.m. so drivers can pay for those first two hours the next morning, giving themselves a little more time to get home safely and retrieve their vehicles the next day. We are working with nightlife establishments in business districts to make this option known to their customers and publicize the option on pay station graphics.
Every pay station in Seattle is now programmed this way. All you have to do is go back to your car after 10 PM, use the pay station to purchase a parking sticker for the next morning, and you're safe to park until 10 AM. Next time you hear someone say - "I'm fine to drive, don't worry about it," remind them that they can always leave their car parked where it is and pick it up by 10 AM the next day. It's the responsible thing to do.