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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

January 13, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Desperate for parking at the park ‘n’ ride

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12:13 p.m. [Click sketch to view larger]
We are desperate for parking in this region. That’s what Times columnist Danny Westneat said when I showed him this sketch I did at the Lynnwood Transit Center park and ride today.
This driver ignored the “parallel parking only” sign and parked perpendicularly. And I don’t blame him. I think more cars would fit if everyone parked this way. The road seems wide enough to me. I was lucky to find a spot today but I’m faced with the same dilemma many times: do I risk getting a ticket and get to work on time, or do I keep driving around until I find a spot?
This park ‘n’ ride is usually full by 8:45 in the morning. The Ash Way park ‘n ride further north also fills up by 8:30 a.m. I leave my house every morning wondering if I’ll be able to find a parking spot and catch my bus on time.
Westneat’s Sunday column about the city’s ban on all-day parking in lots near light-rail stations inspired me to do the sketch. The city lifted the ban on Monday.
I’m no Danny Westneat and doubt this post will make much of an impact, but wouldn’t it be nice if someone put some more thought into ways to maximize the capacity of these park and rides?
Commuters are overfilling them anyway, we may as well acknowledge that and repaint the pavement with more spots wherever we can fit them.

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