West Seattle Area

SDOT has completed parking and access studies in West Seattle. Results include:

  • About half of surveyed West Seattle Junction customer/visitors arrive by personal vehicle with the balance arriving primarily by walking or transit
  • Visitors who walk/bike reported visiting the Junction most frequently while drivers visited the least frequently
  • In commercial areas existing time limits are effective in creating parking turnover and availability
  • Off-street parking in free Junction parking lots approaches capacity on between 6 PM and 8 PM on weekday evenings. Paid lots have spaces available at all times.
  • Residential streets immediately around the Junction meet basic qualifications for a new Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ)

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Next Steps

SDOT is planning to meet with the Junction Neighborhood Organization this spring to review detailed findings from the Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) study. We are also interested in hearing about specific time limit, load zone, or other related parking issues in the study area. See our contact information at the bottom of this page.

Pending RPZ outcomes, we aim to develop a formal proposal for area parking management changes in summer 2018, and collect feedback on the proposed changes. Potential changes may include new areas of unpaid time limits, extension of existing time limits to 8 PM (from 6 PM), load zone revisions, new designated disabled parking spaces, car share spaces, and/or a potential restricted parking zone.  

Project Background

As Seattle continues to grow, so too does the demand for access and parking in the City's busiest areas, including our urban villages and neighborhood business districts like West Seattle. Specific to West Seattle, SDOT also received a formal request for a new Restricted Parking Zone. SDOT is reviewing parking and access in the area with local stakeholders to determine potential improvements to area parking management.

Study Area Map

The project area includes the West Seattle Junction and Triangle areas and is bounded by 36th Avenue Southwest to the east, southwest Dakota street to the north, 46th Avenue Southwest to the west and Southwest Dawson Street to the south.

Study area map

Outreach – Past Meetings and Materials

August 23, 2017: West Seattle Junction Merchants’ Association

September 18, 2017: Project fact sheet

September 19, 2017: Junction Neighborhood Organization (JuNO) Meeting

October 5, 2017: Neighborhood mailer and online survey link

February 28, 2018: West Seattle Junction Merchants' Association

March 29, 2018: West Seattle YMCA Meeting Handout 

Data and Project Studies

November 2017: West Seattle Junction Access Intercept Study Results

December 7, 2017: West Seattle Junction Off-Street Parking Occupancy Study

March 13, 2018: Study Area Existing Load Zone Map

In the News

Westside Seattle, March 21, 2017: JuNO Meeting on RPZ and more March 21

West Seattle Blog, September 18, 2017: TUESDAY: Parking & park, @ Junction Neighborhood Organization

West Seattle Blog, September 20, 2017: Parking 'fact-finding mission,' park plan, more @ Junction Neighborhood Organization

Westside Seattle, September 21, 2017: Junction members discuss HALA, preserving parking and new open space at quarterly JuNO meeting

Councilmember Lisa Herbold's Blog, October 13, 2017: West Seattle Junction Parking Study

West Seattle Blog, February 28, 2018: West Seattle Junction still doesn't need paid on-street parking, SDOT says after first study in 9 years