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Parking changes on 12th Avenue (and greater Capitol Hill)

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

I miss the tactile qualities of the old parking meters

There will be some changes coming to the paid parking rates and times in Capitol Hill and along 12th Avenue. CHS covered SDOT’s study of parking in the area a while back.


Changes are happening soon though!  From SDOT’s website:

Coming Soon – New Pre-Payment Options:  Coming in February and March 2011, with deployment of the new rates, the hours that pay stations collect payment will change. Pay stations will close at 6pm as they do now, but they will re-open at 10pm to allow pre-payment for the first two hours the next morning.
(Author note: This was recommended as part of the Mayor’s new Nightlife Initiative so that when someone realizes they have had too much to drink, they can leave their car overnight and pre-pay for a couple hours of parking in the morning, allowing them to sleep off their hangover until 10am instead of having to get the car at 8am when the meters start running.  Brilliant.)

Coming Soon – Evening Rate: Seattle’s center city and many neighborhood business districts are active destinations for customers and visitors well into the evening. Charging in the evening will enhance parking turnover and access in areas with an active nightlife and other evening businesses. Extended paid parking into the evening until 8pm is coming to the Commercial Core, Belltown, Pioneer Square, Chinatown/International District, Broadway, Pike-Pine, Uptown, and the University District. This effort will roll out starting in April 2011 and continue through September 2011.

Street parking on 12th Avenue and around Swedish Cherry Hill went up to $1.50 per hour with the hours of 8am to 6pm remaining the same.  Parking rate changes began in January so they should be effective currently.

Street parking in Pike/Pine increased to $2.00/hour and around Broadway to $3.00 per hour.  In April, you’ll need to feed the meter until 8pm.  (The later hours starts in April but implementation looks like it’ll take some time and continue to roll-out throughout the summer.)

Check the posted hours on the meters closely when parking!

Here’s the parking map from SDOT.



12th Avenue Meeting – CHANGE! – Transit meeting instead

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The 12th Avenue Stewardship will not be meeting at its usual time (the second Tuesday) this month.

Instead, we encourage all of you to take the time to attend a special town hall meeting with King County Councilmember Larry Phillips discussing transit, future budget issues, and findings from the regional task force.

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, November 9
Seattle University Campion Ballroom
914 E Jefferson Street

Map here

While this will be a larger conversation about King County Metro, we may have the chance to bring up 12th Avenue and Central Area transit needs, particularly the opportunity to move a bus line to 12th Avenue when the First Hill Streetcar is finished in a few years on Broadway.

Hope to see you next Tuesday at this important meeting!

New bike lanes on Union and bike boxes on Madison

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

SDOT is in the process of painting new bike lanes on Union Street from Broadway to 14th as noted on the attached drawings. More exciting though are the bike boxes that will soon be painted on Madison Street at 12th Avenue.

A bike box is located right behind the crosswalk at intersections and allows bikes to pedal ahead of cars waiting at red lights. Bikes waiting in front of cars are much easier to see and hopefully a lot less likely to get hit by cars taking right turns on the red lights.

Example of a bike box in Portland

Looks like more bike boxes are planned for Pine Street at 12th. Check out the Seattle Bike Blog for more info on other bike boxes coming in around Seattle.

Union-Madison bike lane map

Union 13th 14th bike lane map

SDOT and McGinn endorse the Broadway Two-Way First Hill Streetcar Alignment

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

On Monday April 5th Mayor McGinn officially endorsed the Broadway Two-Way Streetcar Alignment (map below) for the First Hill Streetcar. This comes after the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) presented the same recommendation to him in mid-March. The official SDOT  recommendation package can be found here.

Broadway Two-Way Route Alignment

Broadway Two-Way Alignment

With this recommendation the Broadway-12th Ave Couplet seems nearly dead, but it is important to note that McGinn made a clear commitment to north/south transit on 12th in his letter to City Council here.

The 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee is currently strategizing about how to influence the discussion regarding moving a Metro bus route to 12th. An update will be provided on this at the next meeting on Tuesday, April 13th at 5:30pm at the Seattle U A+A Building (824 12th, corner of 12th and Marion). Please join us if you would like to get more involved in this issue!

Public Hearing on Parking

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

There’s an opportunity to comment on the City’s proposed changes to the restricted parking zone on Capitol Hill, which includes a section of 12th Avenue between John and Pine Streets. Please click here for more details and a map of the proposed changes.

Meeting details:
Tuesday, March 9th
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Seattle Central Community College, Room 1110

The 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee meets at 5:30pm the same evening but we should be finished in time for you to head over here afterwards and let your comments be heard on parking.

Streetcar, Streetcar, Streetcar!

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010


There’s more on the First Hill-Capitol Hill Streetcar in the Seattle PI recently. There’s a lot of the same information in this article that folks probably know already. However, there are some more public meetings coming up if you haven’t weighed in regarding your alignment preference.

Looks like these are open houses so please stop by anytime during the times below to share your comments and ask your questions.

Tuesday, Feb. 9th
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Union Station
401 S. Jackson Street

Thursday, Feb. 11th
11:30am – 1:00pm
and then later from

4:00pm – 7:00pm
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue

As always, there’s more info and a place for public comment here at the Seattle Streetcar website.

More on the Streetcar

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
12th Avenue loop map

12th Avenue loop map

There’s more today on the Stranger’s Slog about the 12th Avenue streetcar loop.

If you have questions, comments or opinions regarding the streetcar route, please considering sharing them with the good folks at SDOT via the Seattle Streetcar site . There’s also tons of good information on this site regarding routes, density, bicycle integration and project schedule.

The Stranger Wants a Streetcar on 12th Avenue!

Friday, January 8th, 2010


Check out this Stranger article advocating for a streetcar on 12th Avenue! This is the first in a month-long series of articles in the Stranger outlining critical "marching orders" for City leaders. We’re excited that the 12th Avenue streetcar made the first group!

Want more info on the First Hill Streetcar?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

With SDOT starting their meetings about the incoming streetcar project this week there is a bunch of GREAT information and debate going on about the alignments being considered. Below we have consolidated these discussions into a list, for quick review. Check them out!

The most recent Stranger article on the "Streetcar Smackdown".

An examination of of bus service around and near the alignments on CD News .

A case against the Broadway-12th Couplet on the Seattle Transit Blog .

A post on CD News that references the lost First Hill Link Light Rail Station and its Overlay Boundaries. Original overlay map here .

A discussion of the 11th Avenue Couplet (on the north end of all three alignments) on the Seattle Transit Blog .

A poll to vote on which alignment you prefer and coverage of the first forum on Capitol Hill Seattle .

A wonderful set of maps created by the Stranger .

A less wonderful set of maps created by SDOT !

Streetcar Forums This Week!

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009


SDOT has finally announced the public forums on the First Hill Streetcar line, due to complete construction and start running by 2013. There will be three meetings this week and at each SDOT will present the alignments being considered and general information about the project. Alignment alternatives can be found here.

There is an alignment on the table that includes 12th Avenue, commonly referred to as the Broadway-12th Ave Couplet.  This alignment is compelling for a variety of reasons, including speed of service, ability to catalyze neighborhood commercial development on 12th and consistency with the intent of the lost light rail station, which was planned for Madison, just west of Broadway.

Regardless of which alignment you support, please come out to learn about this project and how it might impact your community!

First Hill Streetcar Forums

Tuesday, December 15th 6-8pm – Seattle Central Community College

Wednesday, December 16th 6-8pm – Yesler Terrace Community Center

Thursday, December 17th 6-8pm – Union Station