The Urbanist has posted an article describing Seattle's management of its limited supply of parking spaces. In the plan, parking rates will be increased or decreased based upon demand. Is such a system in Kirkland's future? Would it help or hurt our city? City Hall is enacting changes to address parking in downtown. Might such a system work here?
From The Urbanist:
Seattle takes a very data-driven approach to paid parking rates and restrictions throughout the city. Each year, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) conducts a series of detailed parking studies wherever paid parking is in effect and makes adjustments accordingly. New rates and regulations are determined in the summer and put into effect the following fall. This year is no exception.
SDOT will make changes to 16 parking subareas beginning in September and continuing through the end of the year. For most of these subareas, rates will be increased and decreased depending upon demand patterns while a few will see paid parking hours adjusted. But perhaps the biggest change that SDOT will make this year is full-scale implementation of time of day (TOD) paid parking. Harnessing new technologically advanced parking pay stations, SDOT will be able to charge different parking rates depending upon the hour.
Thanks for the heads up about this article from StreetsBlog.net