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Commuters Could Face Park and Ride Fee

The Sound Transit Board of Directors will look into charging Park and Ride parking lot users a modest fee — possibly ranging from $2-$4 — this fall, according to the Seattle Times.

Would you be willing to pay $2, $3 or $4 to park at a ?

According to a report in the Seattle Times, the Sound Transit board is considering tacking on a fee to use the busy lots, which are nearly always filled to capacity. Supporters of the fee, said the report, say that a fee might encourage more people to carpool, bike, walk or ride a bus to the lots, freeing slots for others, making the most of limited pavement.  A board member also suggested that users could be offered a monthly pass, or an app that tells them in real time how many spaces remain in the lot.

Mercer Island's Sound Transit Park and Ride lot was recently expanded and re-opened in 2008, and both and the transit agency are working on plans to build a second parking facility relating to the future station at 77th Ave. SE and North Mercer Way.

Jon H July 27, 2012 at 06:26 AM
I'll pay as soon as they ensure that only Island Residents can park. Of course one still has to consider that transit adds at least 30 minutes, each way, to a commute from the downtown core of Seattle compared to driving.
MicheLe E. July 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Seriously??? WHY would I want to pay a fee to park my car on top of paying for public transportation? - MicheLe E.
Debra July 28, 2012 at 06:33 PM
The lot should be only for Mercer Island residents, then paying would make sense.
Debra July 28, 2012 at 06:38 PM
There should absolutely be priority given to residents of Mercer Island before any fees are considered!!
Madeline Woodward July 31, 2012 at 09:31 PM
The fee should be collected by swiping your orca card, and a discount should be given to people who then use the orca card to ride the bus. The fee should also be cheapest if it is the closest P&R to your home. So if someone has an Issaquah zip code but parks on MI, they would pay more for the luxury.

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