Department of Transportation Scott Kubly, Director
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Community Access and Parking Program Pioneer Square
Updated August 18, 2015
Sunday free time limits were added to certain streets in Pioneer Square in September 2014. The effect of these times limits is documented in an August 2015 consultant report. The report compared areas of the neighborhood with time limits versus areas without Sunday time limits. In summary:
Pioneer Square is affected by multiple ongoing planning and transportation projects. These include:
Many of these plans or projects affect parking supply and utilization in Pioneer Square.
As part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) developed a parking mitigation plan which recognizes the critical importance of short-term parking for Pioneer Square businesses and visitors. SDOT is partnering with the Alliance for Pioneer Square to improve on-street parking use and turnover. A handout providing further details can be found here.
What is being evaluated?
SDOT is evaluating several options to increase the availability of on-street parking. These include:
Note that on-street paid parking rates and time limits are set by Seattle’s Performance-Based Parking Pricing Program and will not be changed as a result of the Community Access and Parking Program work.
Outreach - Survey
On October 9, 2013, SDOT sent a parking survey to a group of 43 Pioneer business or organization leaders. Findings from that survey include:
More information on the survey is available here.
Want to share your parking concerns and ideas? Please email them firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outreach - Meetings and Mailers
SDOT has met with interested Pioneer Square stakeholders and held a formal meeting on December 12, 2013. Here is the presentation from that meeting.
On February 25, 2014, SDOT again met with local stakeholders. The focus of the meeting was on Sunday time limits, covering how time limits changed parking along the Waterfront and a discussion of how adding the same type of limits in commercial areas of Pioneer Square might increase parking turnover. Here is the presentation from that meeting.
SDOT, along with the Alliance for Pioneer Square, met with the Pioneer Square Residents’ Council on March 19th. We provided a background of the ongoing work in Pioneer Square, provided information about potential Sunday time limits in Pioneer Square and answered questions. Here is the presentation from that meeting.
In June 2014, SDOT sent a proposal to add Sunday time limits to all residents and businesses in Pioneer Square. The time limits would apply to the on-street parking spaces closest to restaurants and retail in the core of the neighborhood, representing around 25% of the total on-street parking. Time limits would limit parking to 2 hours between 10 AM and 6 PM. SDOT received and responded to multiple comments and questions before finalizing the plan in August.
In August 2014, SDOT sent a final mailer to the neighborhood announcing the implementation of Sunday time limits.
Who Can I Contact?
If you have questions or comments about the Pioneer Square Community Access and Parking Program, please contact Jonathan Williams of SDOT at 206.733.9026 or email@example.com.