SEATTLE – Seattle Department of Transportation collected more than $37 million in 2015 in on-street paid parking revenues. This week, the Sustainability and Transportation Committee discussed if paid parking hours should be extended in some neighborhoods.
During the conversation Tuesday, a few city councilmembers and representatives from Seattle Department of Transportation went over the data.
Currently, in neighborhoods like Pioneer Square, Belltown, and Capitol Hill, the city does not charge for parking after 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
“We have started to collect more data out to 10 p.m., 11 p.m., and midnight. The data shows there is still a lot of demand,” said Mike Estey, SDOT’s Parking Program Manager.
SDOT Spokesperson Norm Mah said revenue is not the reason why the city would make changes to parking fees.
Mah provided a statement, that in part says, “in high demand areas, paid parking provides more reliable access and turnover and the ability for visitors and customers to find parking near their destinations. And per Council direction, we adjust prices up or down every year based upon measured demand in an effort to ensure one or two spaces are open on each block.”
Mayor Ed Murray will present his 2017 and 2018 proposed budgets before City Council on Monday afternoon. On-street paid parking is expected to be discussed at that time.