You heard it here first – West Seattle Junction parking

Draft findings from the May West Seattle Junction parking study are hot off the press. Parking West Seattle Junction

The results?  Existing two-hour time limit signs in the commercial area along California Avenue SW seem to be working well.  SDOT doesn’t think paid parking is the right approach for the Junction at this time.

The parking study examined how full the parking spaces were and how many people were staying longer than the allowed two hours.  In the Junction’s commercial area, about 56 percent to 71 percent of parking spaces are generally full.  When 75 percent or more of the spots in an area are full it gets hard to find a parking space.  That’s our threshold for making significant changes to existing parking regulations, like the use of paid parking.  Compliance with the two-hour time limit signs was also high, meaning that the signs are working well to create customer turnover and paid parking isn’t needed at this time.

Check out the graph after the jump for the actual numbers.  Watch for a full report next month and a draft parking plan in the fall with any proposed on-street parking changes.   

Summary of findings for West Seattle Junction commercial study area

Space Type

# of spaces

% of studied spaces

Utilization

Compliance Rate

Average

Peak

Time of Peak

California Ave SW, SW Dawson St to SW Dakota St

2-hr time limit

189

72%

62%

71%

4 PM

90%

Unrestricted

51

20%

63%

67%

11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM

N/A

Streets near California Ave SW

2-hr time limit

165

45%

56%

65%

4 PM

83%

Unrestricted

190

52%

71%

79%

2 PM

N/A

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