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Reserved permit parking available for Sounder stations

 


Starting April 1, riders using the parking lots at the Edmonds and Mukilteo Sounder stations will be able to reserve a spot up to 8 a.m. by purchasing a single occupant vehicle (SOV) permit or signing up for a free carpool permit.

The permits, on sale now, will be available for a standard monthly fee of $90, with a discounted rate of $30 per month for riders who are eligible for ORCA Lift reduced transit fares.

There will be up to 78 spaces in Edmonds Station and 31 in Mukilteo.

Depending on demand, up to 50 percent of the parking at each station will be reserved for exclusively for permit holders arriving during the morning rush hours. All other station parking will remain open on a ?rst-come, ?rst-serve basis, as will any unused permit spaces after 8 a.m., and on holidays and weekends.

On weekdays, parking lots at the Edmonds and Mukilteo stations are frequently full well before the last Sounder train departs for Seattle.

This makes it difficult to access Sounder for those who can’t arrive before 7 a.m., including parents who must drop children off at school or daycare, and other potential riders who don’t work a conventional 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. schedule.

These new permit options are intended to provide a reliable option for riders to find parking without arriving earlier than needed.

SOV permit applicants must use a valid ORCA card at least 12 times per month to board Sounder or a bus from the same station operated by Community Transit or Everett Transit.

Carpool parking permits will be available free to groups of two or more riders who all commit to use transit and share a ride to the station at least 12 times per month. ORCA records will be checked to verify regular ridership.

To apply, or for more information about Sound Transit’s permit parking program, go to soundtransit.org/permitparking.

Sounder riders can also park for free at the Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St. This new park-and-ride lot is a 20-minute waterfront walk or a short bus ride (Community Transit Route 196) away from Edmonds Station.

If enough riders express interest, vanpools to the station may be formed. For more information, or to express interest in a vanpool, go to communitytransit.org/vanpoolprogram.

Community Transit and Everett Transit also provide fast and direct access to Sounder Stations in Edmonds and Mukilteo. For routes, schedules and trip planning, go to communitytransit.org (serving both stations) and http://www.everetttransit.org (Mukilteo only).

In 2018, the Sound Transit board-authorized permit parking options for all of the agency’s high demand park-and-rides, including those that regularly fill to or in excess of 90 percent of capacity.

Solo-driver and carpool permits are also currently available at the Northgate Station Garage, which opened in 2018.

 

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