[UPDATE 10:25pm: A reader reports there's a pay lot in front of the Safeway, one block west of Othello Station on Othello St. The rate is $30/month, which is a good one.]
Two more Link parking opportunities we’ve identified:
- Immediately west of Mt. Baker Station, there’s a $4/day Diamond lot.
- The Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club, two blocks North of Columbia City, is offering monthly parking (24 hours, 5 days a week) for $175/month. Call 206-436-1890 for more information. That seems a bit steep, but it’s a good cause.
To review, the two we’d already found were:
- Rainier Ave & S. Edmunds St. (3 blocks East of Columbia City) for $3/day, except Wednesdays.
- Beacon Ave. & S. Forest St (a block south of Beacon Hill) for $1.50/hr, nights and weekends only.
And of course, outside business hours Residential Parking Zones are not in effect, so there’s plenty of free parking.
There are also rumors of a lot near Othello, as well as a $5 overflow lot near Tukwila, whose details we haven’t determined yet. Feel free to provide those details (cost, hours, exact location) in the comments.
The broader point I’d like to make is that this pay-to-park model is one that I’d like to see extended. The Diamond Parking people are presumably going to find a market equilibrium price where the parking lots are nearly full. People who can take a bus, walk, or bike are incentivized to do so, while those who really want to drive can do it also. As a result, a maximum number of people have access to the station. Meanwhile, there are far more likely to be a few spots available for people who show up in the middle of the day, resulting in less frustration.
Moreover, this all comes at no cost to the taxpayer, and when the time comes for the lot to be turned into TOD it will be more difficult for a determined group of people to stop the project. If the city is wrong and there is massive demand for parking, there’s a private revenue stream ready to fund a garage. It’s a win/win for almost all of us*.
* Not that we’ve been helped by the local media proclaiming that there’s “nowhere to park” near the stations.