Park & Ride Partnership
King County Metro is developing a number of innovative ways to help people get to transit service. To help meet the growing demand at park & ride lots, Metro is partnering with Diamond Parking Service to allow private property owners the ability to offer fee-based parking to transit users. This pilot program makes use of existing spaces as a cost-efficient strategy to add parking options quickly since traditional park & ride lots take time to plan and construct.
Starting May 2nd
Now you can reserve conveniently located parking at a number of select parking lots near high frequency transit routes. To see where spaces are available, the cost, and to reserve yours, visit Diamond Parking.
Sign up today and your first month* is FREE!
*Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
About the project
King County Metro received a grant funded by the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Value Pricing Pilot Program to explore opportunities for market-priced park & ride spaces at commercial and multifamily properties near high frequency transit service. The ability to reserve a space at or near full park & ride lots could enhance the reliability of transit as a commute option. In addition to increasing the number of spaces available, a key benefit is the predictability improvements of market-priced parking. For more details, please see the list of deliverables or read the project's scope of work.
Who will benefit?
King County Metro, in partnership with Diamond Parking Services, is testing a new innovative Park & Ride Partnership pilot project that helps private property owners offer parking to transit customers. Diamond Parking is continuing to seek property owners to participate in this pilot project.
Who can participate?
Suitable properties for participation have a number of characteristics:
- Building Type: Commercial, multifamily, or mixed-use
- Location: King County
- Parking Spaces: 10+ spaces (must be available either 24/7 or 7am-6pm)
- Other: Safe, secure sites, with adequate lighting and a safe pedestrian connection to transit.
Who do I contact to add my property to the pilot project?
Frequently asked questions
The permit application is managed by Diamond Parking. You can purchase a permit here.
Permits cost from $30 to $155, depending on the location. If you sign up, and while supplies last, your first month is free!
Yes, we will continue to recruit new properties to participate in this pilot program. If you have property which meets the required characteristics and are interested in being part of the pilot program, please contact us here.
No. Revenue from permit sales goes to the properties, which determine the parking fees. Diamond Parking manages the lots and customer transactions. King County's role is to work with Diamond Parking to allow transit customers to park at these locations near frequent transit service.
The key benefit to participating in this program is that it allows you to generate income from your vacant parking spaces. The amount of income depends on a number of factors, but feedback from P&R focus group participants found that people are generally willing to pay between $30 and $110 per month for a guaranteed P&R parking space.
Your main responsibility is to provide parking that meets the program's requirements. King County Metro will market the program to P&R users. Diamond Parking Service will provide customers a way to find, reserve, purchase, and access the parking spaces, as well as manage parking access and security as needed.