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Insatiable demand for open spots means another Capitol Hill nighttime parking price hike

Driven by data and a goal to put market forces to work to open up spaces on every available block, the Seattle Department of Transportation 2018 round of parking price tweaks is targeting a couple key areas of Capitol Hill — including the neighborhood’s most challenging parking environment where even extending payment hours to 10 PM hasn’t helped.

This month, SDOT is recalibrating its meters along southern Broadway and Pike/Pine streets for a new high in the area’s evening parking rates — $3.50. Last fall, SDOT extended paid parking until 10 PM near the area’s restaurant and business cores. $3.50 around the south end of Broadway will be a bargain — evening rates along northern Broadway are hitting $4 per hour.

“Charging for parking during the late evening is intended to improve access and provide more reliable parking availability for people visiting Capitol Hill for restaurants, retail, and night life,” the city says.

The full roster of 2018 parking price changes across Seattle is here.

New Rates
Area Morning Afternoon Evening Estimated install time
12th Ave $1.00 $3.00 $3.00 October 2018
Capitol Hill North $1.50 $3.50 $4.00 December 2018
Capitol Hill South $1.50 $2.50 $3.50 December 2018
Pike-Pine $1.50 $3.00 $3.50 December 2018

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