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Pay Station Neighborhoods: First Hill

Updated March 26, 2009

Through its new Community Parking Program, SDOT will be conducting a follow-up study to see how parking in First Hill has changed over the past couple of years. City staff will be working with community members, businesses, and property owners to identify parking challenges and work toward comprehensive improvements. For more information, visit the First Hill Community Parking Program page here.

Updated October 27, 2005

In Fall 2004 SDOT replaced the First Hill neighborhood's parking meters with pay stations. At the same time, staff conducted a parking study and an outreach process to determine if customer and visitor parking in the neighborhood could be improved by converting time-limited and unrestricted parking to paid.

SDOT has scaled back the previously proposed areas for expansion after careful review of on-street parking conditions, area land uses, and community comments about the difficulties of changing from free to paid parking. Additionally, SDOT has identified several new blocks of blocking for inclusion in the area's Zone 7 and Zone 21 Residential Parking Zones. More information is available in the community letter and map that was recently sent to First Hill residents, businesses and property owners.

Installation of new pay stations will begin the third week of October 2005. Meter greeters, in red caps and vests, will be on-hand in the weeks after installation to help users become familiar with the new parking technology. New time-limit sign installation will begin in early 2006. For more information about pay stations and time-limit signs, please contact Meghan Shepard at (206) 684-4208 or

New RPZ installation will start in October 2005 and continue through the end of the year. For more information about the City of Seattle RPZ program, please call SDOT's Traffic Permit Counter at (206) 684-5086.

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