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Community Parking Program Pioneer Square

Updated July 2, 2014

SDOT is proposing to add free Sunday parking time limits to on-street parking near restaurants and retail in Pioneer Square. For more information please see our mailer. The proposed area is shown in blue in the map below. We are reviewing feedback on the proposal from the neighborhood and are working to develop a final Sunday parking plan later this summer. Final changes will be communicated by mailer and signage, as appropriate.

Project Background

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:

  • Reviewing the location and needs for loading zones
  • Considering free (or unpaid) Sunday time limits in the Pioneer Square, as an extension of the Waterfront time limits
  • Analyzing how transit layover and emergency-reserved spaces are used
  • Looking at angled parking and other opportunities to add curb parking

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 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:

  • 76% of respondents indicated that event days are particularly challenging for parking, and 57% noted that weekday midday parking is difficult to find
  • 87% of respondents highlighted the high on-street parking occupancy as the biggest parking problem, with 48% of respondents indicating that reserved spaces for transit layover and emergency vehicles are a problem
  • Most respondents (67%) are aware that certain local garages (identified here) have parking rates that are the same or lower than on-street parking



“Other” problems included:

  • Car share vehicles
  • Vehicles with disabled placards
  • Construction impacts

More information on the survey is available here.

Want to share your parking concerns and ideas? Please email them jonathan.williams2@seattle.gov.

Outreach – Meeting Materials and Next Steps

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.

SDOT is interested in hearing from more members of the community and will have another meeting in late February to discuss potential curb space changes.

Additional outreach is planned this spring.  Implementation of any changes would start beginning in summer 2014.

Who Can I Contact?

If you have questions or comments about the Pioneer Square Community Parking Program, please contact Jonathan Williams of SDOT at 206.733.9026 or jonathan.williams2@seattle.gov.



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