New parking rates begin rolling out in Seattle

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on February 1, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 23 at 7:44 AM

SEATTLE -- Four Seattle neighborhoods will see parking rates increase beginning Tuesday.

In Seattle's commercial core, parking is going up from $2.50 an hour to $4 an hour. It's an area that will also be dealing with extended pay parking hours - one of eight neighborhoods that will have to pay the meter until 8:00 p.m., a two hour increase.

In Seattle's First Hill neighborhood, it will cost you double, from $2 to $4 an hour. Expect to pay a dollar more in Pioneer Square, where it will be $3.50 an hour. Capitol Hill will go from $2 an hour to $3 an hour. 

These new parking rates will be rolled out starting Tuesday over the next two months on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis. To view a breakdown of the changes, CLICK HERE.

The cost to park will stay the same in seven neighborhoods, and go down in 11 neighborhoods compared with 2010 rates. To view a map of the changes, CLICK HERE.

Some commuters say $4 an hour for downtown parking is too much.

"That shocks me, that really does. I won't pay that. I'll take the bus," said Amy Benson, commuter.

"I think it is too much. I think they need to do more to encourage people to come downtown," said Nancy Genauer, commuter.

Mayor McGinn and City Council hopes the parking rates will help turnover, so drivers can reliably find one to two open spaces on average per block.

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