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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Open Houses for Light Rail Station Parking Plans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
1/5/2009  10:20:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548


Open Houses for Light Rail Station Parking Plans

SEATTLE-The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Sound Transit are holding three open houses in January for neighbors of the new Link light rail stations in Rainier Valley and south downtown: Stadium, SODO, Beacon Hill, Mount Baker, Columbia City, Othello, and Rainier Beach. This will be an opportunity to provide comments and suggestions regarding on-street parking plans in preparation for light rail service beginning in July.

SDOT has proposed on-street parking plans for the neighborhood adjacent to each station to help reduce the impact on parking, especially from rail users who might park on nearby streets when service begins. The proposals for five of the stations (Beacon Hill, Mount Baker, Columbia City, Othello, and Rainier Beach) include Restricted Parking Zones (RPZs) on many residential streets and new time-limit signs adjacent to businesses and parks.

The parking proposals were designed in response to community feedback received at forty community meetings attended by SDOT staff since last spring, as well as e-mail and phone comments generated by a September mailing that went out to over 15,000 addresses. SDOT and Sound Transit have mailed the parking proposals to residents and businesses within a half mile of each station.

In addition to attending the open houses, neighbors can share their comments and questions on SDOT’s Website at www.seattle.gov/transportation/parking/lightrailparking.htm, send comments to lightrailparking@seattle.gov, leave a phone message on (206) 684-8186, or call Sound Transit’s language lab hotline at 1-800-823-9230 to communicate in a language other than English.

The open house times and locations are:

Saturday, January 10
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
El Centro de la Raza
2524 16th Ave S

Thursday, January 15
6 to 8 p.m.
New Holly Gathering Hall
7054 32nd Ave S

Thursday, January 22
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Mezza Café, Starbucks Corporate Bldg
2401 S. Utah St / S Lander St

For disability or translation services, please call 1-800-823-9230 or 1-888-713-6030 TTY.

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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