Town Center Parking Study

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Have you ever had trouble finding a parking spot to take a mid-afternoon coffee break in Town Center? Do you plan to hop on the Light Rail at the forthcoming Mercer Island station instead of drive to a Seahawks game? Or did you recently enjoy “parklet” dining in Bellevue and wish Town Center had more options like that?

Parking supply, access to public transportation, and downtown activation are just a few of the areas we aim to explore in the upcoming Town Center Parking Study.

The City contracted with Walker Consultants, a global parking and transportation consulting firm with offices in Seattle and around the US, to conduct this study. Walker possesses a strong foundation as an industry leader in all aspects of parking and curb use, including planning, operations, policy, design, financing, and technology. Recent West Coast projects include revitalizing the parking and curb access programs in Boulder, CO, in which Walker pivoted to implement a COVID-19-safe community engagement strategy that ultimately engaged nearly 10,000 participants; and a downtown parking and mobility plan + parklet program for Benicia, CA.

We will post public engagement opportunities, updates about data collection and upcoming meetings, and more here on Let's Talk so follow along to engage in this process!



Have you ever had trouble finding a parking spot to take a mid-afternoon coffee break in Town Center? Do you plan to hop on the Light Rail at the forthcoming Mercer Island station instead of drive to a Seahawks game? Or did you recently enjoy “parklet” dining in Bellevue and wish Town Center had more options like that?

Parking supply, access to public transportation, and downtown activation are just a few of the areas we aim to explore in the upcoming Town Center Parking Study.

The City contracted with Walker Consultants, a global parking and transportation consulting firm with offices in Seattle and around the US, to conduct this study. Walker possesses a strong foundation as an industry leader in all aspects of parking and curb use, including planning, operations, policy, design, financing, and technology. Recent West Coast projects include revitalizing the parking and curb access programs in Boulder, CO, in which Walker pivoted to implement a COVID-19-safe community engagement strategy that ultimately engaged nearly 10,000 participants; and a downtown parking and mobility plan + parklet program for Benicia, CA.

We will post public engagement opportunities, updates about data collection and upcoming meetings, and more here on Let's Talk so follow along to engage in this process!



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I understand this is a complex issue and appreciate the council has taken it up, and imagine it will be part of the economic development plan, and perhaps new parking requirements for mixed-use development.

Implementing and enforcing a parking management plan is not cheap. Ideally the new license plate cameras can be used, but that takes staff time, and the plan will have to distinguish between retail parking which we want to encourage and employee/overflow residential parking we want to discourage.

However, I do think there is a good and reasonably inexpensive idea in the meantime.

PROHIBIT PARKING ON TOWN CENTER STREETS FROM MIDNIGHT TO 5 AM.

Instead town center parking regulations do almost the opposite, by removing any parking restrictions at most areas after 5 or 7 pm.

A citizen named John Hall once noted that there should not be cars parked on town center streets at 6 am with frosted up windshields, because obviously those cars were parked there overnight, and the town center closes well before midnight.

It would be easy to warn or ticket cars parked on the town center streets between midnight and 5 am. Obviously those would not be retail patrons parked there at those hours. I think for little money the city could begin to message to those using town center streets for non-retail parking they will have to find alternatives. This would not affect work commuters because there is plenty of space in the park and ride today.

Daniel Thompson 3 days ago

Please require more parking in new apartment buildings.
Please police our downtown street parking hours.
Extend the two hour to 8 pm to help shops and restaurants.
Require “P” signs outside of new apartments to show where public, walkoff parking is available.

Bonnie 5 months ago
Page last updated: 21 Mar 2022, 03:32 PM