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Temporary Changes to the Permit Parking Program due to COVID-19

As schools and workplaces close and general travel is curbed in response to COVID-19, fewer people are riding transit. As a result, the challenge to find a parking space during peak times at Metro park-and-ride lots has lifted. Moreover, many current parking permit-holders are not able, or do not need to take transit regularly at this time.

In response to this situation, Metro is taking the following steps:

  • Requirement to ride transit at least 12 days per month is suspended until further notice.
  • SOV (single-occupant vehicle) and ORCA Lift parking permit fees are waived for the month of April 2020 at all Metro park & ride locations.
  • March 2020 permits will remain valid for use at the same facility throughout April 2020, and beyond, until further notice.
  • All current SOV and ORCA Lift SOV parking permit-holders will receive a credit to their account equal to one-half of the permit fee that they paid for March 2020. This credit will be applied toward their next purchase of a monthly parking permit, when permit fees are reinstated by Metro.
  • Any new permit applications received during March or April 2020 will be placed on a wait list to be fulfilled sometime after April 2020, when permit fees are reinstated by Metro.
  • All other program rules, regulations and enforcement measures remain in effect, including restrictions on the use of permit parking spaces by unpermitted vehicles during permit enforcement hours.

For questions about your parking permit account, or about these temporary changes to Metro's permit parking program, please email Metro's permit parking vendor, Republic-REEF Parking at transit.riders@reefparking.com, or call 253-327-1249 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM).

Get a Parking Permit. You’ve got a spot.

Do you carpool or drive alone to one of the participating park & ride locations? King County Metro is expanding the Permit Parking program to include options for both carpoolers and solo drivers at many of the busiest park & rides.

As more people use transit, our customers tell us it’s getting harder to find spaces at many of our park & rides. In response to increased demand, the permit parking program will provide greater parking reliability by offering reserved parking spots until 10 AM on weekdays. Paid permits at some of our busiest lots provide an option for drivers needing flexible schedules, while encouraging carpooling through offering free carpool permits.

Parking permit options

We know it can be challenging to find parking at popular park & ride lots. While a parking permit is not required to park at the participating locations, here are three different parking permit options to bring you a greater peace of mind that you will have a spot regardless of your morning schedule.

Free Carpool (HOV) Parking Permit

A free option for groups of two or more commuters who regularly drive together to catch a bus, meet a vanpool, or join another carpool. Each carpooler must provide a name, address, and ORCA card number, Vanpool ID, or RideShareOnline.com email account and carpool and ride connecting transit at least 12 days a month.

Standard Solo Driver (SOV) Parking Permit

For individual commuters needing a reliable space without sharing a ride. Rates vary by location and are subject to change.

Reduced Rate Solo Driver Permit

A reduced fee option for individual commuters who are ORCA LIFT participants (Customers must income qualify to pay the reduced flat rate of $20. More information…

Interested in other options?

Metro is investing in a variety of ways to increase rider's access to transit and ease in parking, including piloting First-Last Mile Services, expanding bicycle parking, partnering with cities and organizations to expand parking capacity, and increasing parking enforcement of park & ride use by non-transit riders.

Pricing

Park & Ride Facility SOV Fee ORCA LIFT SOV Fee Carpool Fee
Aurora Village Transit Center $90 $20 $0
Bear Creek Park & Ride $90 $20 $0
Bothell Park & Ride $90 $20 $0
Kenmore Park & Ride $90 $20 $0
Redmond Park & Ride $90 $20 $0
South Kirkland Park & Ride $90 $20 $0
Tukwila Park & Ride $90 $20 $0
Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride $60 $20 $0
Shoreline Park & Ride $60 $20 $0

How it works

Make your commute more reliable with the parking permit that’s best for you!

Select your desired park & ride lot

Fill out and submit an application

Check your email for an account number

Solo and ORCA Lift drivers

Log in and set up a payment method

Carpool drivers

Log in and enter additional carpoolers' information

Republic Parking mails permit to you

Once you get your parking permit you can park in a marked spot reserved for permit holders between 4 AM – 10 AM on weekdays. After 10 AM, permit parking spots open up to any transit customer. Unsigned spots remain available for transit customers without permits.

Getting your permit

Follow these steps to receive your permit.

Select your park & ride location and permit type

Browse the Republic Parking Northwest website and select the park & ride and permit type that's best for you.

Start your permit application

Provide your name, address, contact information, and ORCA number, Vanpool ID, or RideshareOnline account.

Check your email

Check your email account for an email with your account number and instructions on how to complete the two-step application process.

Make your payment

Pay for solo-driver permits online or by mail. Paid permits must be renewed monthly to remain valid. If you meet the ridership requirements, pay for permit renewal online or by mail and display the new permit.

Receive your permit

Republic Parking will mail the permit to you.

Renew your permit

Renew permit through Republic Parking NW on a monthly basis. Each permit holder must ride transit 12 times/month (~3 one-way rides/week) to be eligible for the next month. If you are unable to meet this requirement on month due to vacation or illness, contact Republic Parking.

Questions?

If you have questions about permit eligibility, applications and payments call Republic Parking NW 253-327-1249, extension 0.

To find out about Metro's parking policies and planning call Metro Customer Service at 206- 553-3000 or send an email.

Go to the FAQ

Frequently asked questions

There are several main differences starting in late 2019:

  • Metro has added paid permit parking for solo drivers at specific lots. These permits are in addition to existing free permits available to people who carpool to specific lots. No more than 50% of a lot will be reserved for permit holders during weekday peak commute times. All other spaces remain open to all transit riders at no fee, as well as permit spaces outside peak times.
  • With the introduction of paid parking for solo drivers, Metro offers a reduced rate for income-eligible participants. ORCA-LIFT eligible travelers may apply for an ORCA LIFT solo driver parking permit.
  • For all Metro parking permits (carpool and solo driver), the reserved permit period is extended to 10am instead of ending at 8:30am. Sound Transit permit parking times generally end earlier and vary by location.

As more people use transit, our customers tell us it's getting harder to find spaces at many of our park & rides.

Of the 54 permanent park & rides Metro operates, half are at 80 percent capacity or higher, and some fill up completely before the morning commute ends. In addition to being inconvenient, the "first-come-first-serve" system currently in place is unfair for people with later work, school, or appointment schedules, including shift-based workers.

In response to increased demand, Metro is employing a range of strategies to both manage and expand parking supply. One way to provide greater parking reliability is to offer reserved parking spots using paid permits, while encouraging carpooling through offering free carpool permits. King County Metro is authorized to manage HOV and SOV parking permits through KCC 28.96.010 and KCC 4A.700.650. Read the Public Rule "Pricing, Enforcement, and Requirements for Renewal of HOV and SOV Parking Permits".

Metro is investing in other ways to increase rider's access to transit and ease in parking, including piloting First-Last Mile Services, expanding bicycle parking, partnering with cities and organizations to expand parking capacity, and increasing parking enforcement of park & ride use by non-transit riders.

Permit parking offers permit holders a more reliable commute by providing reserved parking spots during busy morning periods. Parking spots are reserved weekdays from 4 AM – 10 AM, after which the spots will be available for all transit riders.

Permits can be obtained through Republic Parking Northwest, and must be renewed monthly. See Getting Your Permit for instructions.

The U-Pass is an ORCA card. Use the 8-digit number on the back when applying for your permit. This is your ORCA card number.

The cost of permits varies by permit type and location.

Carpool permits are free across all King County Metro and Sound Transit lots.

The cost of solo driver permits varies by location. Reduced rate solo driver permits are available for ORCA LIFT qualified commuters.

These lots are managed by Metro and are regularly 90% or more full by early in the morning on weekdays.

Reserved parking stalls will be well-marked for permit holders.

The number of stalls reserved for permits will be based on the number of active permits per lot. The number of stalls will start small and expand if demand for permits grows. No more than 50% of parking stalls at each park & ride lot will be reserved for permit holders.

Parking stalls that do not have a Permit Parking sign are available first-come, first-serve for any driver using transit. After 10 AM, the reserved parking stalls open up to anyone driving to the park & ride to use transit.

Parking permits are not required for commuters to park at the participating park & rides. Only up to a maximum of 50% of the parking stalls will be reserved for permit holders. The number of reserved stalls is regularly adjusted to reflect usage by permit holders.

The unmarked parking stalls remain as first-come, first-serve. Additionally, reserved permit stalls become available to all transit users at 10 AM and on weekends.

Metro's long-range plan, Metro Connects, calls for us to expand parking for transit riders by 60 percent by 2040 in conjunction with Sound Transit. It also calls for us to invest equally in an integrated network of transportation alternatives, including non-motorized connections, bike parking, car sharing, private shuttles, and on-demand car services like taxis, Uber, and Lyft. It also calls for us to support demand management of our existing parking resources.

We are also expanding our leased-lot program to add new park & rides by partnering with churches and other organizations that could offer more parking.

Enforcement will occur during morning rush hours from 4AM to 10 AM. After 10 AM and on weekends, the reserved spots are available to everyone.

If enforcement staff find a violation of the permit parking rules and regulations, they will issue a ticket with a monetary fine.

There is an appeals process if you believe you have received an unwarranted warning notice or tow. For more information or to make an appeal, please contact Republic Parking at:

  • Email: seattlenotice@rpnw.com
  • Phone: 206-783-4144, ext 124
  • Address:
    Republic Parking Northwest
    200 West Mercer, Suite 103
    Seattle, WA 98119

The program provides one month each calendar year in which a permit holder may go below the required ridership due to a vacation or an illness.

Contact Republic Parking Northwest to coordinate your renewal following a period of low ridership.

  • Email: seattlenotice@rpnw.com
  • Phone: 206-783-4144, ext 124
  • Address:
    Republic Parking Northwest
    200 West Mercer, Suite 103
    Seattle, WA 98119

The Permit Parking program is a regional effort across the busiest park & rides and transit centers.

Sound Transit also provides a permit parking program at select park & rides and transit centers.

Apply for permits at these Sound Transit lots using the same Republic Parking Northwest webpage.

Participating park & ride locations

The Permit Parking program is available at the following park & rides. Some locations only offer the carpool permit, rather than all three permit options.

  • Aurora Village Transit Center
  • Bear Creek Park & ride
  • Bothell Park & ride
  • Eastgate Park & ride (carpool permit only)
  • Green Lake Park & ride (carpool permit only)
  • Issaquah Highlands Park & ride
  • Kenmore Park & ride
  • Kingsgate Park & ride (carpool permit only)
  • Redmond Park & ride
  • Shoreline Park & ride
  • South Kirkland Park & ride
  • South Renton Park & ride (carpool permit only)
  • Tukwila Park & ride
  • Wilburton Park & ride (carpool permit only)

Sound Transit also offers permit parking at selected lots, currently including: Angle Lake Station, Auburn Station, Edmonds Station, Federal Way Transit Center, Issaquah Transit Center, Kent Station, Mukilteo Station, Northgate Station Garage, Puyallup Station, Tukwila International Boulevard Station and Tukwila Sounder Station.

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Participating park & ride locations

The Permit Parking program is available at the following park & rides. Some locations only offer the carpool permit, rather than all three permit options.

  • Aurora Village Transit Center
  • Bear Creek Park & ride
  • Bothell Park & ride
  • Eastgate Park & ride (carpool permit only)
  • Green Lake Park & ride (carpool permit only)
  • Issaquah Highlands Park & ride
  • Kenmore Park & ride
  • Kingsgate Park & ride (carpool permit only)
  • Redmond Park & ride
  • Shoreline Park & ride
  • South Kirkland Park & ride
  • South Renton Park & ride (carpool permit only)
  • Tukwila Park & ride
  • Wilburton Park & ride (carpool permit only)

Sound Transit also offers permit parking at selected lots, currently including: Angle Lake Station, Auburn Station, Edmonds Station, Federal Way Transit Center, Issaquah Transit Center, Kent Station, Mukilteo Station, Northgate Station Garage, Puyallup Station, Tukwila International Boulevard Station and Tukwila Sounder Station.


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