Broadway business owners are going to need to come to the table packing some large datasets with big numbers. Stats show that nowhere in the city is there demand for parking like there is demand for parking on Capitol Hill.
Broadway business owners protesting changes to paid parking rates on Capitol Hill are going to have to push for a roll-back — not a pause. Representatives from the Seattle Department of Transportation briefed the City Council’s transportation committee Tuesday morning and said rates for 2011 have been set and the process to implement the new parking rules will go into motion across the city starting in April.
A SDOT rep addressing the Council committee also pointed out that when it comes to nighttime paid parking, Seattle will be behind the times even with the new 8 PM paid zones in some parts of the city including Broadway and Pike/Pine. Vancouver BC has implemented paid parking that extends through 10 PM.
In the briefing, the SDOT representative said the department hopes to meet the parking goals set by City Hall with even more granular paid zones in the future involving smaller geographical slices and more day-parting so different rates can be charged at different times of day.
In the meantime, Broadway’s business owners will worry about an increase in empty parking spaces along the busy street. Will a $1 jump in the cost of on-street paid parking scare shoppers away? We can’t say, either. But we can say that when it comes to areas of the city that should be able to sustain a possible decrease in demand, our area looks like a strong candidate. Here’s why.
From our look at SDOT’s analysis behind the changes, nowhere else in Seattle can match the Capitol Hill area’s nighttime parking demand — and our daytime demand clocks in second only to First Hill and Downtown. Broadway, for example, didn’t drop below 50% utilization even at slow times before noon. Below are the capacity tables and time of day trends measured in areas around Capitol Hill and First Hill during a one-day (Wednesday, November 10th) sample used in the analysis. The study simply counted the total number of vehicles parked in paid spaces on blocks in the areas listed below. For some areas, SDOT also measured the number of RPZ vehicles. We’ve attached the full analysis PDF to this post.
Capitol Hill area breakouts are below. In this first summary table (full table is in the PDF), note the Hill’s dubious achievement of producing +100% occupied totals after 6 PM. How do we do that? Creative (ie, illegal) parking!
Now the Capitol Hill area and First Hill breakouts including the full block by block look at the data collected on Broadway.
Want more analysis of the analysis? Publicola’s look into the initial pull-back on rate changes earlier this year is worth a read.
Here is SDOT’s technical report on the analysis.