Parking pilot

In July 2013, the Sound Transit Board approved a pilot program to test several strategies for helping customers access public transit by managing parking more efficiently.

The pilot program included:

  • Offering optional limited permit parking for frequent riders at select locations
  • Providing real-time customer information about parking availability at select locations
  • Collaborating with rideshare programs

Parking permits

A six-month permit parking pilot at Mukilteo Station, Issaquah Transit Center, Sumner Station, and Tukwila International Boulevard Station was conducted in 2014. The successful pilot provided hundreds of people with assurance of parking during the busy morning rush while providing Sound Transit with valuable data and customer input about pros and cons of parking permits.

Staff completed and issued a draft evaluation report to the Sound Transit Board in April 2015. Based on the results of the permit pilot and following extensive public involvement efforts, the Sound Transit Board adopted a system-wide permit program in September 2015 to be implemented by fall 2016.

Real-time customer information

Sound Transit conducted a pilot program for real time parking monitoring at Auburn & Federal Way Transit Center. The parking monitoring pilot has ended. Sound Transit is reviewing the results of the pilot and is considering permanent installations at these and other facilities.

Rideshare collaboration

Sound Transit worked with rideshare programs managed by King County Metro, Pierce Transit and Community Transit to promote carpooling to transit facilities, and to help registered vanpool and carpool groups relocate their meet-up spots to transit lots with plenty of parking space. Although the rideshare pilots have concluded, you can learn more about ridesharing and other incentives through our partner transit agencies' websites:

What to expect

Staff is monitoring effects and will report back to the public and the Sound Transit Board once all of the pilots conclude. We are especially interested in customer experiences, and encourage you to send your thoughts, questions and feedback to: parking@soundtransit.org or call Sound Transit customer service at 206-398-5000.

If you would like to receive more information about the parking management pilot, please check back at this webpage or sign up for parking policy email updates.