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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Finding parking in Fremont will be easier for all

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2/20/2009  12:30:00 PM
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Finding parking in Fremont will be easier for all

SEATTLE-To make parking more readily available for all drivers, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will begin improving on-street parking in Fremont on February 23. A new residential parking zone (RPZ), time-limit signs for some no-cost spaces and two-hour paid parking in the retail core will ensure that finding a space will be easier for residents, visitors and businesses.

The parking enhancements are the result of SDOT’s extensive assessment and community involvement process. The department completed a formal study, met with interested business and community groups, conducted walking tours, and issued multiple draft plans for public comment. Both the final parking plan and its implementation timeline reflect significant input from the residential and business communities.

The on-street parking enhancements will feature: -An RPZ on streets north and east of the business district to ensure residents can more easily park; -Two-hour paid parking in the high demand retail area, using 90 of 700 spaces, to create parking turnover and provide better access for customers; and -Time-limit signs on no-cost spaces outside Fremont’s retail core to promote more space turnover.

The RPZ and paid parking signs are scheduled for installation beginning on February 23. Pay station kiosks will be emplaced starting on February 25. With an installation schedule of approximately two weeks, paid parking will go into effect on March 9. Time-limit signs will be installed in early March.

The RPZ will provide better access for residents and their guests, especially during evening hours when parking can be even more of a challenge. Residents seeking more information about the new RPZ should visit www.seattle.gov/transportation/parking/cp_fremont.htm.

Studies conducted in 2005 and 2008 by external experts showed that on-street parking was full on many Fremont streets, creating traffic congestion as people drove around looking for available spaces. The 2008 parking study highlighted that the majority of blocks were more than 75 percent full for the most of the day, with utilization rates as high as 140 percent as drivers parked illegally. When on-street parking use reaches 75 percent, the department considers changes to ensure parking is available.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 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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