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January 11, 5:39 PM click here to comment > 4

Enforcement suspended on parking restrictions in station areas

SEATTLE – Mayor Mike McGinn announced today the city is suspending enforcement of a Seattle ordinance that prevents all-day paid parking near light-rail stations. Within 30 days the mayor will propose a new policy to address parking near light-rail stations.

“The current law has good intentions – to promote mixed-use development. But in today’s economic conditions it does not seem to make sense,” McGinn said.

During the mayoral campaign last fall, McGinn heard from business owners near his Othello neighborhood campaign headquarters and throughout Southeast Seattle concerned about the city ordinance, and he promised to look into it.

The city’s existing policy is designed to encourage mixed-use development around train stations. “We don’t want the primary land use around those stations to be parking, and we certainly don’t want businesses to be torn down for parking,” McGinn said.

However, he said, it makes sense to consider allowing market-rate parking on existing lots near the Othello station and elsewhere in the city until the economy can support new mixed-use development. “It’s good for local businesses and commuters to be more flexible now,” he said.

Posted by: Aaron Pickus, Spokesperson


Comment from Sally Bagshaw
Time January 11, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Well done, Mr. Mayor! I look forward to working with you to promote a rational new policy.

Comment from Greg Warnick
Time January 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Great move- already glad I voted for you!

Comment from Gwen Cole
Time January 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm

I am a light rail commuter who currently takes a Metro 39 bus to connect to light rail. However, the return home is limited to the hours that the bus operates. Case in point, on Saturday, 1/910, after the city hall open house. I took light rail to Mount Baker to transfer to a Metro 7 and waited about 35 minutes for a Metro 39. This is an opportunity that suggests allowing some parking near light rail stations could enhance ridership, help struggling local businesses with ample parking lots, and add to city tax revenue.

Comment from Mike Meyers
Time January 11, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Refreshing to see a common sense response out of the mayor’s office for a change.