Sound Transit kicks off an enhanced parking enforcement program this month at its Sounder stations and park-and-ride lots.
The purpose is to ensure these popular commuter areas are properly used:
The move comes after Sounder commuter rail and ST Express bus riders complained that parking is overcrowded because vehicles are parked overnight in lots or improperly parked.
Of the 21 transit centers Sound Transit operates in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties that provide parking, Sound Transit said six are at 99 percent capacity or above, and seven are at least 90 percent full.
Here is Sound Transit’s plan:
Beginning Jan. 15, parking guidelines will be emphasized for vehicles parked more than 24 hours; in emergency lanes; in no parking and loading zones; in ADA-designated spaces, where a vehicle is not marked by a state-issued disabled parking placard or license plate; in more than one parking space; and in a manner blocking other vehicles and/or pedestrian pathways.
Sound Transit will provide a one-week grace period for transit lot users.
Between Jan. 15 and Jan. 22, warning notices will be given to vehicle owners who park outside the guidelines.
Starting Sunday, Jan. 23, cars that either exceed the 24-hour limit or fail to observe other regulations may be immediately towed.
The transit agency has installed additional signage at its locations to advise lot users of parking regulations.