Drivers in five more Seattle neighborhoods will have to pay for curbside parking until 8 p.m., as the city adjusts its meter network between now and the end of the year. The changes are meant to follow demand — rates rise when surveys show that more than 85 percent of spaces on a street are full, with a goal of causing greater parking turnover in front of retail businesses.
These places are:
- Twelfth Avenue near Seattle University;
- Cherry Hill near Swedish Medical Center;
- Ballard core, including Northwest Market Street;
- Green Lake retail areas, northeast of the lake.
Four of these locations are in the midst of housing and restaurant growth, while Cherry Hill has long faced parking shortages for hospital employees or visitors. Already, night fees are charged for 12 of 32 parking zones.
Also, the Seattle Department of Transportation is boosting meter fees at the Ballard Locks to a $2 summer rate, to drop back to $1 in October.
Eight areas will have higher meter rates, and five will have lower rates. The new price to park in the Pike-Pine area above I-5 will rise to $2.50 per hour this month, and costs in the core of the Chinatown International District will rise in November to $3 daytime, then fall to $1.50 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. South Lake Union parking will rise 50 cents, to become $2 an hour in the two-hour and 10-hour spots, which are 100 percent full. Some areas experience greater than 100 percent occupancy because cars cram together, or park illegally near hydrants or stop signs.
The rates in outer parts of the University District and Ballard, where fewer than 60 percent of spaces are occupied, will be reduced to $1 per hour.
Parking meters for the SDOT’s 12,500 paid spaces brought in $38.6 million last year, a 5.4 percent increase from $36.6 million in 2012. City staff attribute the growth to economic recovery, and expect a slight dip this year, because seawall construction has displaced some paid spaces at the central waterfront.
A city map is shown here: