Paid reserved parking will come to Issaquah Transit Center next year

August 13, 2013

Sound Transit’s new pilot program will bring reserved parking to the Issaquah Transit Center.

During its July 25 meeting, the Sound Transit Board of Directors decided unanimously to further a pilot program, meant to gather information about and possibly alleviate the continued problem of overcrowded parking facilities. The plan allows for 10 to 20 percent of parking spots at four locations, Issaquah included, to be set aside for those who buy parking permits. Priced at $33 per quarter for single occupancy vehicles and $5 per quarter for carpools with at least two people, the permits will guarantee a spot.

“As of May 2013, 13 of 23 Sound Transit-operated customer parking facilities were at or above 90 percent capacity,” state board documents. “Demand for park and ride spaces will continue to increase as transit service expands and regional population and employment grow.”

The board’s hope is that this program will provide information on how to manage existing and future parking facilities, as well as to promote ride sharing.

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Parking pickle

June 11, 2013

Farmers market parking change frustrates, but does not stop attendees

By Peter Clark Cranes constructing the new Costco parking structure rise up beyond the farmers market at Pickering Farm. Due to the temporary work, parking has been moved to a further lot, causing consternation for vendors and patrons alike.

By Peter Clark
Cranes constructing the new Costco parking structure rise up beyond the farmers market at Pickering Farm. Due to the temporary work, parking has been moved to a further lot, causing consternation for vendors and patrons alike.

Parking changes for this year’s farmers market have left many vexed and it is unclear how deeply they will affect the event.

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