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Commuters Could Face Park and Ride Fee

The Sound Transit Board of Directors will look into charging Park and Ride parking lot users a modest fee — possibly ranging from $2-$4 — this fall, according to the Seattle Times.

Commuters Could Face Park and Ride Fee

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According to a report in the Seattle Times, the Sound Transit board is considering tacking on a fee to use the busy lots, which are nearly always filled to capacity. Supporters of the fee, said the report, say that a fee might encourage more people to carpool, bike, walk or ride a bus to the lots, freeing slots for others, making the most of limited pavement.  A board member also suggested that users could be offered a monthly pass, or an app that tells them in real time how many spaces remain in the lot.

Mercer Island's Sound Transit Park and Ride lot was recently expanded and re-opened in 2008, and both and the transit agency are working on plans to build a second parking facility relating to the future station at 77th Ave. SE and North Mercer Way.

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