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March 9, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Seattle parking-meter rates: prices in some neighborhoods going up, others going down

 The parking techs at Seattle DOT are out rejiggering 1,900 paystations to reflect new 2012 rates and time limits – which just spiked 25 cents, reaching $1.50 an hour, for the 10-hour meters here in South Lake Union.

A total of four zones will have higher rates, (SLU 10-hour meters, Denny Triangle, University District core, and Ballard core) and three will be lower (SLU near Seattle Center, Capitol Hill south, Pioneer Square edge) by the time the changes are finished this summer.

City policy is to change rates periodically based on how motorists actually react, to encourage turnover. The goal is to maintain one or two spaces vacant per block, on average.

Another change for this year, in nine of the 23 parking zones, is to allow three hours’ paid parking after 5 p.m. instead of two hours, so customers may dine or shop without fear of a $44 overtime-parking fine.

Parking meters are supposed to bring in a total $33 million this year.

Here’s the full rate chart:

 

Neighborhood

Sub-Area

2011 Hourly Rate (until change)

2012  Hourly Rate

2012  Time-Limit

3 Hours After 5pm

Anticipated Installation

South Lake Union (SLU)

Area NW  of Broad

$1.50

$1.00

10 hours

-

March

10-hour spaces

$1.25

$1.50

10 hours

-

March

Uptown Triangle

n/a

$1.00

$1.00

10 hours

-

March

Roosevelt

n/a

$1.00

$1.00

4 hours

-

March

Westlake Ave. North

n/a

$1.00

$1.00

all day (9am – 4pm)

-

March

Chinatown/ID

n/a

$2.50

$2.50

2 hours

Y

Spring

Commercial Core

n/a

$4.00

$4.00

2 hours

Y

Spring

Pike-Pine

n/a

$1.50-$2.00

$1.50- $2.00

2 hours

Y

Spring

Denny Triangle

South

$2.00

$2.50

2 hours

Y

Spring

Belltown

South

$2.50

$2.50

2 hours

Y

Spring

Ballard

Core

$1.50

$2.00

2 hours

-

Summer

Edge

$1.50

$1.50

4 hours

-

Summer

Capitol Hill

North

$3.00

$3.00

2 hours

Y

Summer

South

$3.00

$2.50

2 hours

Y

Summer

Pioneer Square

Core

$3.50

$3.50

2 hours

-

Summer

Edge

$3.50

$3.00

2 hours

-

Summer

U-District

Core

$1.50

$2.00

2 hours

Y

Summer

Edge

$1.50

$1.50

4 hours

 

Summer

Uptown

Core

$1.50

$1.50

2 hours

Y

Summer

Edge

$1.50

$1.50

4 hours

 

Summer

Belltown

North

$2.00

$2.00

4 hours

 

Summer

Denny Triangle

North

$2.00

$2.00

4 hours

-

Summer

Ballard Locks

n/a

$1.50

$1.50

4 hours

 

Summer

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