The Seattle Department of Transportation has begun rolling out changes that will bring an extra two hours of paid parking to commercial zones across the city. Neighbor Ella found out the hard way that the changes have reached Pike:
just thought I would let you know I got a parking ticket last night off of Pike at 7:19PM it appears that paid parking is in affect til 8PM. I spoke with a meter person because I was in shock there was no postings of this and EVERY car on the street had a ticket. I explained that last I heard they were going to start but there was no official start date. I have been looking around online and still cannot locate a official date it went into effect. When I asked where it was posted he pointed at the Pay to Park sign in very small print it says 7AM to 8PM. I drive a scooter and so after wards I cruised up to Broadway I dont see any writing on the Pay to Park signs but be warned…its coming!!! $39 bucks later. I just want people to be aware.
According to SDOT, it’s not just coming. It’s here.
A representative tells us that the extra two hours of paid parking has already been introduced downtown (including Ella’s experience at 6th and Pike) and is coming to Belltown next:
Part of the parking rate changes that started in March, extending paid parking hours to 8 p.m. for selected neighborhoods has been a block by block effort. Blocks that have been changed have both revised signage on the street and on the pay stations.
The extension of paid parking to 8 p.m. has occurred so far in downtown and crews are now making the changes in Belltown.
Pike/Pine and Broadway’s electronic pay stations will follow in July.
The change is part of an overhaul of Seattle’s paid parking system — here’s the FAQ for the City’s side of things.