Starting February 1, 2017
Coming to Eastgate, Issaquah Highlands, Northgate, Redmond, South Kirkland, and South Renton.
We know it can be a challenge to find parking at popular park & ride lots. To make your commute easier, Metro Transit will set aside priority spaces for carpoolers with free permits. Spaces will be reserved for permit holders arriving until 8:30am weekdays at select park & ride lots.
How it works
Groups of two or more commuters who regularly drive together to participating park & rides to catch transit, meet a vanpool, or another carpool are eligible to apply for carpool parking permits. Permits are free and allow permit holders to park in designated permit parking areas on weekdays during the morning rush hour.
Applicants must provide basic contact information and ORCA card numbers, Vanpool ID, or RideshareOnline.com email account for each member of a carpool. Regular transit ridership is not required for initial issue of a permit, but once a permit is issued ORCA numbers, Vanpool, or RideshareOnline.com will be checked to verify regular transit ridership. At least two carpool members must average three days of ridership per week (12 days per month) to qualify for monthly permit renewals.
If you have questions about permit eligibility, applications and payments call Republic Parking NW 206-783-4144, extension 0.
To find out about Metro's parking policies and planning call Metro Customer Service at 206- 553-3000 or send an email
Need an interpreter?
If you require an interpreter, please call 206-553-3000 and select the interpreter option (Press 1) from the menu when prompted. Please let the Metro representative know which language is needed. It will take a moment but an interpreter, in the requested language, will join the call. Nearly 200 languages are covered by the translation line. Please note that interpreter calls may take longer.
Frequently asked questions
They are regularly 90% full or higher and Metro has the authority to offer permits.
Permitted areas will start small expand if demand for permits grows. No more than 50% of each lot will be permitted.
The unpermitted stalls will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to any transit rider as it is today. After 8:30 am, carpool permitted stalls will also be available to any transit rider.
Enforcement will begin on February 1st, 2017 during a.m. rush hours between 4am to 8:30am. After 8:30 am and on weekends, permit spaces become available to everyone.