City Good News and Bad News for City Parkers
posted by November 7 at 15:43 PMon
First, the bad news: Parking rates are going up!
In the proposed budget that’s currently before the city council, the maximum rate for on-street parking would increase from $1.50 to $2.00, giving the city an additional $3.6 million in revenues. This will be the first parking rate increase since 2004, when meter rates were increased from $1 an hour to $1.50. The maximum rate would apply in downtown, Uptown, Broadway, the Denny Triangle, First Hill, Pike-Pine, Ballard, and the University District. (Other neighborhoods that would see a 25-cent-per-hour increase include South Lake Union, Fremont, and the Uptown Triangle*).
The good news: If you live or work in Roosevelt, Green Lake, near Providence Hospital, or on 12th Avenue, your parking rates are going down—to a new, low rate of $1.00 an hour! Don’t you feel lucky?
The other good news, if you are parking downtown: A proposed new Center City Parking Program would give drivers directions to available parking downtown. It won’t be any cheaper, but at least you won’t waste as much gas circling around! This assumes, of course, that the program doesn’t get cut due to the economic crisis; according to a recent budget forecast by city budget director Dwight Dively, the city is facing an $18.2 million budget gap between 2009 and 2010.
*Want to find out what the city means by all these arbitrary-sounding neighborhood designations? Check out the Seattle DOT’s parking web site for borders.