Changes to late-night on-street parking restrictions are under consideration for areas of Capitol Hill. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is taking a particularly close look at on-street parking near the commercial corridors of Broadway and Pike/Pine. SDOT says that parking utilization continues to regularly reach the 100% utilization mark from the 8pm to 11pm time period. To address the high demand, SDOT is evaluating changes that could extend paid park and and two-hour time limit restrictions to encourage more turnover of parking spaces. Importantly, higher turnover rates generally increase access to a location and increase business activity.
Currently, paid parking and time restricted parking is in force Monday through Saturday across Capitol Hill. Paid parking is variable by time of day with the highest rates generally in the evening. Paid parking runs from 8am to 8pm with two-hour time limits from 8am to 5pm and three-hour time limits after 5pm.
SDOT has put forward three different options for changes with all three extending paid parking until 11pm. Option 1 would retain the three-hour maximum time limit with variable demand-based pricing. Option 2 would create a flat-rate paid parking price between 5pm to 11pm. And Option 3 would create an hourly paid parking scheme between 5pm and 11pm; this would drivers to pick a minimum of one hour and up to six hours of paid parking.
Option 1 would lead to the most amount of parking turnover out of the three options while Option 2 would likely have the least.
Public input on the proposals is due by Friday, May 12th. SDOT plans to institute a change this fall, so feedback on the draft proposals will be instrumental in shaping the outcome. Other changes to Capitol Hill parking restrictions are already in the works with the major expansion of Restricted Parking Zones (RPZ) near Capitol Hill Station. SDOT is currently installing the signs with the expansion coming into effect in June. Separately, SDOT has chosen not to create an RPZ in Central Ballard due to opposition to the proposal.