New parking rates rolling out this fall on Capitol Hill reflect what many in the neighborhood already know: paid parking is relatively easy to find in the morning while parking for dinner is still practically impossible.
Following its annual parking occupancy count, the Seattle Department of Transportation is planning to lower the morning parking rate in one Capitol Hill zone and increase evening and all-day rates across the neighborhood.
First Hill is also poised for a major change as metered parking rates will extend from 6 PM to 8PM. SDOT found 99% of parking spaces were occupied in the area at 7 PM. The new rates will start to go into effect this month.
The “Capitol Hill North” zone, which covers north Broadway, will be the first parking area in the neighborhood to hit $4 an hour from 5 PM-8 PM as occupancy rates reached 100% this year. Meanwhile, morning parking along the corridor remains below the target occupancy range of 70%-85%. The morning rate will drop to $3 an hour.
Evening metered rates will increase in “Capitol Hill South” from $2.50 an hour to $3 an hour. The zone — between E John and E Pine — also remains below target occupancy in the morning, but SDOT is not recommending a rate drop this year.
By 6 PM, parking in Pike/Pine remains a nightmare with occupancy rates pushing 90%. By 8 PM, you’re hosed (occupancy rates above 100% indicate illegal parking or more cars cramming into a block than the City planned for). Pike/Pine is getting a 50 cent bump, brining it’s all-day rate to $3 an hour.
The 12th Ave corridor will also get a 50 cent bump to $2 an hour. For the most part, occupancy has remained consistently within the target zone throughout the day along 12th Ave. A slew of other metered rate changes and hours are also planned for this fall. Meanwhile, SDOT is still working to swap out all of the city’s pay stations by next year.