Seattle parking hours and rate changes frustrate drivers
SEATTLE -- It may be sticker shock for your debit card and your car window. Parking rates and hours are changing all throughout Seattle.
The Seattle Department of Transportation released a plan for modified summer and fall parking restrictions this week. SDOT said the intent is to save on gas and reduce pollution by forcing drivers to cycle through spots and give more drivers an opportunity to snag a spot.
Many drivers don't like it.
"It's already really difficult to park in downtown Seattle," said Brooke Best.
She and a friend were walking near the Seattle University campus and showed passionate frustration at the changes coming to the neighborhood.
12th Avenue near Seattle U is one neighborhood that will see parking requirements expand from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting in September.
Some neighborhoods will see fluctuations in price depending on the time of day.
-Chinatown/ID Core: Increase to $3.00/hour (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; evening remains $1.50/hour).
-Pioneer Square Core: Decrease to $3.00/hour 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. but an increase to $4.00/hour 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
-Pioneer Square Periphery: Decrease to $2.50/hour 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. but an increase to $3.50/hour 11 a.m.to 6 p.m.
A number of places will see increases across the board:
-Ballard Locks: Increase to $2.00/hour in Summer months and back to $1.00/hour in October.
-Capitol Hill North: Increase to $3.50/hour.
-Denny Triangle South: Increase to $3.00/hour.
-Pike and Pine: Increase to $2.50/hour.
-South Lake Union: Increase to $2.00/hour.
-University District: Increase to $2.50/hour.
-Uptown Triangle: Increase to $1.50/hour.
Some neighborhoods will see straight decreases. Those include:
-Ballard Periphery: Decrease to $1.00/hour.
-Belltown North: Decrease to $1.50/hour
-Chinatown/ID Periphery: Decrease to $1.50/hour.
-Denny Triangle North: Decrease to $1.50/hour.
-University District Periphery: Decrease to $1.00/hour.