Sound Transit plans parking crackdown soon
January 8, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 8, 2011
Sound Transit plans to beef up parking enforcement soon at train stations and commuter lots, including the Issaquah Transit Center.
The move comes after concerns from ST Express bus riders and Sounder commuter rail commuters about overcrowded parking lots, vehicles left overnight in lots and other infractions.
The enforcement emphasis starts Jan. 15. Sound Transit plans to seek out vehicles parked in transit center lots for more than 24 hours, parked in handicap spaces illegally, parked in more than a single space, and parked to block other vehicles and pedestrian pathways.
Sound Transit provides a weeklong grace period for transit lot users from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22. Owners will receive warning notices for breaking the guidelines during the grace period. Vehicles found to be in violation of the rules could be immediately towed after Jan. 23.
Sound Transit has installed additional signage at the busiest transit centers to advise lot users of parking regulations, and plans to install signs at other agency-operated lots. Sound Transit also offers a primer for riders.
The agency offers parking at 21 transit centers in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. From the 21 centers, six sites reached at 99 percent capacity or greater, and seven sites reached at least 90 percent of capacity.