In an effort to free up more paid parking around Capitol Hill, or at least to get most people to park their cars in legal spaces, the city is raising paid parking rates by 50 cents along two busy neighborhood corridors.
Starting this month, metered parking rates in Pike/Pine went up 50 cents to $2.50 an hour. The City Council approved the rate bump in June following a recommendation from the Seattle Department of Transportation. SDOT also announced this month that rates around “Capitol Hill North” (metered spaces on and around Broadway north of E John) will go up 50 cents in October to $3.50 an hour.
The 50 cent rise in Capitol Hill North was announced in SDOT’s 2014 Annual Paid Parking Occupancy Report (PDF). The report found that this year 92% of spaces in the corridor were occupied during three peak hours and 100% of spaced were occupied at 7 PM — an increase from 2013 by 3 points and 2 points respectively.
SDOT recommended the Pike/Pine 50 cent raise earlier this year based on its 2013 parking count that showed parking in the area is a complete mob scene during evening hours, With the new rates, SDOT is aiming to have 1-2 spots available on each Pike/Pine block throughout metered parking times.
Paid parking will also be extending to 8 PM along 12th Ave. where occupancy rates are still over 100% during peak evening hours. Parking in Pike/Pine also exceeds 100% at 7 PM, meaning meaning all spaces are taken, plus some questionable parking decisions near intersections and fire hydrants.
Metered rates will stay at $2.50 an hour in “Capitol Hill South” (metered spaces on and around Broadway north of E John). SDOT’s 2014 study showed occupancy has only increased slightly since last year, with a 77% occupancy during the corridor’s three peak hours.
Despite increasing occupancy, parking rates in First Hill, Downtown, and parts of Pioneer Square will remain at $4 an hour — the highest rate allowed by city code.