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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City Seeks Neighborhood Input on Parking near Light Rail Stations

10/1/2008  9:00:00 AM

City Seeks Neighborhood Input on Parking near Light Rail Stations

SEATTLE-The city of Seattle is seeking neighborhood input about on-street parking solutions in preparation for the rollout of Link light rail in the Rainier Valley and south of downtown. To help avoid parking congestion near rail stations, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will design on-street parking management plans for each adjacent neighborhood. This will help mitigate the stations’ impact on parking, especially from rail users who might park on nearby streets when service begins in the summer of 2009.

SDOT and Sound Transit have mailed flyers to residents and businesses seeking assistance in crafting parking management plans for areas within a quarter of a mile of each of the seven stations-Stadium, SODO, Beacon Hill, Mount Baker, Columbia City, Othello, and Rainier Beach. SDOT has multiple tools for managing parking and the department would like to know which methods neighbors prefer. Some potential strategies are to install on-street parking signs such as time-limit signs and load zone signs or to create residential parking zones.

Neighbors can participate by attending community meetings, visiting a new website at and sending comments via e-mail to They can also leave comments about parking at 206-684-8186 or call Sound Transit’s language lab hotline at 1-800-823-9230 to communicate in a language other than English.

SDOT is currently collecting on-street parking data around each station area. The department will develop potential parking strategies to review with neighbors throughout the fall and anticipates making a final decision about on-street parking controls in early 2009. SDOT will implement parking regulations before light rail service begins.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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Seattle Department of Transportation

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