Meters & Pay Stations
In 2004 Seattle began the three-year process of replacing the majority of the 9,000 aging single-space parking meters in the city with approximately 1,600 pay stations. The following links contain information on parking meters and pay stations for the City of Seattle. Click on a title to go to details on each item.
The City of Seattle uses on-street paid parking such as parking meters and pay stations to:
- promote parking turnover;
- act as a means of distributing a limited amount of on-street spaces (mainly in commercial areas) where demand exceeds supply;
- provide short-term parking spaces for shopping or personal errands (this in contrast to long-term parking for commuters);
- improve traffic circulation and economic viability of downtown commercial areas by maximizing the number of patron visits by car;
- and to generate revenue for the City.
from the Seattle Parking Management Study
Parking turnover occurs when several different vehicles occupy a single parking space over the course of a given time period.