After news last week that the city was sending cease-and-desist letters to private parking lots offering park-and-ride services along the light rail line, we and others editorialized harshly against the policy:
This must get fixed immediately: the cease-and-desist lifted, any fines refunded with interest, and the policy changed. We should be helping these lots get the word out, not shutting them down.
Yesterday, Mayor McGinn’s office responded and announced that it would suspend enforcement of the statue that outlaws all-day paid parking near stations. McGinn’s office sent a press release saying it would propose a new policy within 30 days.
“The current law has good intentions — to promote mixed-use development. But in today’s economic conditions it does not seem to make sense,” the press release quotes McGinn as saying. “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.” Even keeping these goals in mind, the press release continues, “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.”
Color us impressed by the new Mayor’s swift response. We’ll have full analysis of McGinn’s new forthcoming policy proposal when it’s announced.