Skip to Content
Streetsblog USA home
Streetsblog USA home
Log In
Streetsblog.net

Why Is Seattle’s Sound Transit Building a 500-Space Parking Garage?

10:56 AM EDT on March 22, 2012

In Seattle, the Parking Garage That Transit Built: Seattle's Sound Transit must not have read our article the other day about how little-known regulations nickel and dime transit agencies, because it's taking on additional expense beyond those costly mandates. Network blog PubliCola reports that Sound Transit is planning a 500-space parking garage to replace 100 spaces that will be removed to make way for its new Northgate light rail stop.

The Federal Transit Agency, PubliCola reports, requires transit agencies to replace only the number of parking spaces they reduce -- a bad policy in itself. But while close to 1,000 spaces will be displaced during construction of the transit station, only 100 will be permanently lost. So it doesn't make sense to build a permanent 500-space parking garage, says City Council Member Richard Conlin: "That’s a net gain of nearly 400 spots in an area where most future developments are supposed to be pedestrian- and transit-oriented, not car-dependent."

false

Tampa's New Streetcar System Inspiring Envy: Forget your preconceived notions of Tampa, Florida. Did you know this is one of America's few streetcar cities? Take a look at that photo! Since 2002, Tampa has been running Teco, a historic streetcar system. This so intrigued UrbanIndy writer Curt Ailes (a true transit nerd) that he dragged his whole family along the entire length of the system during a recent spring break trip. Ailes was impressed by many aspects of the infrastructure, but Tampa could do a better job using the system to promote sustainable lifestyles, he said.

"The biggest downfall is that Tampa seems to have taken to marketing the streetcar strictly as a tourist attraction. This is most evident in the fact that most days, service does not begin until noon; on Friday-Sunday, it starts at 11 a.m. This really restricts the streetcar from being a transportation device for daily workers in the downtown Tampa area. That being said, we did see some daytime workers using the streetcar, so at least some residents seem to be attempting to use it this way."

Melbourne's Central Business District Going Car-free? The Melbourne Herald Sun is reporting that a new initiative to limit the number of central-city parking spaces available to commuters may be the first step toward establishing a car-free zone downtown. Carfree USA says it's part of the city's strategy to increase transit and cycling.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog USA

NYC Debuts Public E-Bike Charging for Delivery Workers

Finally, they’re taking charge! The city’s first public e-bike charging station opened in Cooper Square on Thursday — the start of an overdue six-month pilot that is part of a “Charge Safe Ride Safe Action Plan” for delivery workers that Mayor Adams announced last year.

March 1, 2024

Friday’s Headlines Have Questions

What's an optimal rebate to get people to buy e-bikes without wasting money on those who were going to buy one anyway?

March 1, 2024

To Recruit Transit Workers, More Than Just Higher Pay Is Needed

Labor shortages continue threatening public transit systems, and a new report adds another layer to the conversation.

February 29, 2024

Talking Headways Podcast: Streets for Skateboards

Aaron Breetwor on skateboards for transportation and designing streets for safer skateboarding.

February 29, 2024

Agencies Need to Use Federal Funding to Buy Land for Transit Oriented Development

Transit agencies do not prioritize transit-adjacent housing development often because they lack funding to acquire land.

February 29, 2024
See all posts