By Jack Mayne
Sound Transit says that when its new Angle Lake station opens Sept. 24, “frequent carpoolers” can reserve a parking spot ahead of time as a way to maximize the limited parking space at the station.
The reservations will come under a new program that will allow “carpool permits” at Angle Lake. The program also will be extended to the Tukwila International Boulevard light rail station that often fills by 7 a.m. on weekdays, Sound Transit said in a news release.
Sound Transit says permits will cost $5 per carpool and parkers “must have and use a valid ORCA card to apply for a permit.”
The spaces will be reserved through the morning rush hours Monday to Friday, but on weekends and after morning rush hour on weekdays, transit riders would be able to park in permit spaces without a permit.
The transit agency said to renew the permit, the person must have “the permit holder’s ORCA records to show they rode transit at least three times per week during the previous permit term.”
Parkers would have flexibility to allow for absences, such as vacations and, presumably, illness.
Each car “must arrive with at least two transit riders in the permitted vehicle.”
Sound Transit says at least half of all parking spaces at each location “would remain free and available for transit riders on a first-come, first-served basis.”
By the end of the year, Sound Transit ways the program will be extended to seven other stations, including the Federal Way Transit Center and the Kent Station
Detailed information about the program and how to apply is available at: soundtransit.org/permitparking.