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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, 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 has expanded 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 provides 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 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.


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.

Your parking permit is mailed 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

Due to COVID-19, Metro has suspended the permit parking program and will not be processing any permit applications or renewals until further notice. Please check here for future updates. Metro will post notifications online and at affected park & ride lots if the status changes.


If you have questions about permit parking or Metro’s decision to suspend the program due to COVID, call Metro Customer Service at (206) 553-3000 or send an email.
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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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