Uptown

Updated January 6, 2021

New! Draft Curbspace Access and Parking Proposal

The Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle's Uptown neighborhood is expected to open in fall 2021. SDOT has been working closely with representatives of the Arena and neighborhood on potential strategies to prevent congestion associated with what will eventually be over 250 large Arena events per year. Ideally, curb management changes will be in place next year in time for the Arena opening. 

SDOT will consider all input received through March before making any final decisions on plan elements.

Please let us know what you think!

January 6, 2021: Thanks for comments already received. Please see this FAQ which addresses many of the questions already received.

What are we proposing?

  • Expand Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) 13 to the orange shaded area in the map below. Parking data collected in May 2019 showed these streets are very full with many non-resident vehicles. Signs would be placed adjacent to ground floor residential uses only.
  • RPZ 13 restrictions would change throughout the zone to allow 2-hour parking for vehicles without Zone 13 permits between the hours of 7 AM - 10 PM, seven days per week. Most RPZs in Seattle allow 2-hour parking to accommodate short-term visitors to a neighborhood. Event-goers would be discouraged from parking on the street. - RPZ permits currently cost $65 per vehicle for a two-year cycle. A $10 low-income permit is available.
  • Expand paid parking to the blue shaded area in the map below to provide reliable access for business customers. Paid parking would be in place from 8 AM to 8 PM Monday-Saturday, with event rates on event nights and for weekend events.
  • Event rate concepts would continue to be discussed and developed with community partners.
  • Loading zones are a priority. Blocks would be redesigned to optimize commercial and passenger loading. SDOT would work with businesses on their loading needs.
  • SDOT would add designated disabled spaces, preferably at the ends of blocks.
  • SDOT and the Arena team are working on a plan to manage ride-hailing. 

Overall Proposal Map

View proposal mailer here.

How do I comment?

All methods of commenting are treated equally. SDOT will consider all input received through March before making any final decisions on plan elements.

What did we hear from you? Please see this presentation of September 2020 survey results.

SDOT conducted a survey in September 2020 and received 448 responses.

  • 84% agreed with these project goals:
    • Prioritize access for businesses, residents and visitors in a quickly grown Urban Center
    • Discourage Arena eventgoers from using area on-street parking
    • Prioritize transit, biking and loading, while also managing ride-hailing to support a sustainable and equitable transportation system
  • 60% believe that evening on-street event rates for events with over 10,000 attendees would help limit eventgoer parking and preserve access for local business customers.
  • 70% of the residents in the orange shaded area supported joining the RPZ.
  • 55% of residents supported changing the RPZ restrictions to allow 2-hour parking between 7 AM and 10 PM (or had no opinion or preference or were unsure).
  • 59% supported adding paid parking in the blue shaded area.

Curbside modifications will support the Arena Access Management Plan (AAMP), which is a living planning document designed to ensure that the access needs of area residents, businesses, employees and visitors will be met.

  • We need to be proactive as the new Arena is expected to have up to 250 large events per year with over 10,000 people attending

Curbside changes would ideally be in place before the Arena opens.

To learn more about how SDOT and the Climate Pledge Arena are improving multi-modal transportation options in the Uptown neighborhood in 2021, please visit:

www.seattle.gov/transportation/nodomap

www.climatepledgearena.com/arena/transportation

Approximate Project Timeline

 Action  Date
 Initial neighborhood outreach (surveys/virtual meetings)  August-September 2020
 Analyze feedback  October 2020
 Release survey results and draft plan  December 2020
 Neighborhood engagement, feedback on draft plan (includes RPZ public hearing)  January/March 2021
 Release final plan  May/June 2021
 Design and install changes  Summer 2021
 Implement event rates with Arena opening  Fall 2021

Project Background

SDOT is working to create a curbside plan in the Uptown neighborhood to be in place prior to the Climate Pledge Arena opening in fall 2021. Our goal is to balance neighborhood business and residential access with a combination of parking and access tools, which can include on-street loading, restricted parking zones, paid parking, non-paid time limits, bicycle parking, disabled parking and other changes. 

SDOT Curbside Management, Project Development Division and Street Use Division staff are also working directly with the Oak View Group (OVG) who is developing the Climate Pledge Arena into a new world class sports and entertainment venue. Our shared goals are to continue to develop the Arena Access Master Plan (AAMP), to prioritize transit and other modes of getting to the Arena, and to manage ride-hailing.

Outreach - Past Meeting and Materials

August 31, 2020: Access in Uptown in Preparation for the Climate Pledge Arena

October 7, 2019: Uptown Parking Study Results

July 8, 2019: Uptown Alliance Transportation Committee Meeting Handout

Additional Information

North Downtown Mobility Action Program

Arena Transportation Information