Transit access and parking

A new analysis of regional transit access and parking is being developed as part of the Transportation 2040 update.

PSRC is working with the region’s transit agencies, all of whom have recently completed or updated long-range plans, to develop a sketch of the regional transit network today, in 2025, and in 2040.

How transit agencies’ long-range plans sync with the development of Transportation 2040.

New analysis tools show how far people can travel on transit by location in 2016 compared to 2040 after new investments have come online.

Parking is a growing transit access issue in the region. The transit parking supply grew by 5% from 2010 to 2016, while demand for those spaces grew by 9%.

The Transportation Policy Board will be discussing this work and giving direction for developing a strategy to improve transit access at its meeting on March 9, 2017.

See the full agenda here or watch it live at 9:30 a.m.



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Parking inventory tracks off-street parking data

The number of parking facilities and parking stalls in the region increased slightly from 2010 to 2013, according to PSRC’s latest parking inventory.

seattle-eparkAt the same time, the region’s average costs for off-street parking were down slightly.

This data comes from PSRC’s parking inventory, which surveys off-street parking facilities in the region’s central business districts, ferry terminals, and some urban neighborhoods.

Among the findings:

Amount of Parking

  • There was a 3% increase in the number of off-street parking facilities and 4% increase of parking stalls from 2010 to 2013.
  • Bremerton and Tacoma had the largest percent increase of parking facilities in the central business district areas, 13.1% and 5.3%, respectively.
  • Bellevue and Seattle had slight decreases in parking facilities, 2.1% and 1%, respectively, during that same period.


  • Overall, the region’s costs for off-street parking decreased slightly between 2010 and 2013.
  • Seattle continues to be the city with the highest off-street parking costs in the region. Seattle’s average two-hour, daily, and monthly costs are $7.95, $17.54, and $214.95, respectively.
  • With the exception of Seattle’s monthly parking, off-street parking costs are down slightly compared to the 2010 parking inventory.


  • Average daily occupancy dropped slightly between 2010 and 2013.
  • Seattle had the highest average daily occupancy rate for downtown areas, 55.5%.
  • Of the ferry terminal areas, Bainbridge had the highest occupancy rate, 68.6%. The Southworth ferry terminal had the lowest occupancy rate of the study areas, 32.7%.
  • Bremerton and Bellevue were the two central business districts to show changes in occupancy rates, decreasing by more than 10% from 2010 to 2013.


For more information, check out the latest issue of Puget Sound Trends and visit the Parking Inventory page.


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Parking Interns are Here!


New PSRC parking interns stop for a picture before they head out to collect data.

Over the next few months, PSRC’s parking interns will be heading out to the region’s central business districts to do an inventory of off-street parking.

You may see them with clipboards and clickers in hand, roaming the parking garages and lots in downtown Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma, Everett, and Bremerton.

They’ll also be working on Seattle’s First Hill, Lower Queen Anne, and University District neighborhoods, and at ferry terminals at Bainbridge Island, Kingston, and Southworth. Read the rest


New Parking Calculator for Multi-Family Housing

The Right Size Parking Project, a joint effort of King County, the Urban Land Institute Northwest, and other regional partners has launched a new online website and parking calculator tool to view estimated parking ratios for multi-family housing development in urban areas of King County.

The tool was launched at an event Supply and Demand: A Balanced Approach to Parking that drew over 200 people and featured renowned UCLA Professor Donald Shoup and King County Executive Dow Constantine.

The data and recommendations from the Right Size parking Project have helped inform the forthcoming Growing Transit Communities Partnership Corridor Action Strategies.

For more information, contact Daniel Rowe at King County.

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