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New Web App and Signage to Help Visitors Find Parking in Seattle’s Pioneer Square and Waterfront Neighborhoods

Washington State Department of Transportation, City of Seattle expand parking efforts

SEATTLE, July 31, 2013 — The world’s largest tunneling machine isn’t the only thing being launched in Seattlethis week. Two new tools aimed at enabling drivers to find parking during the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement are also set for launch.

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will launch a new Web app and unveil helpful, bright signage. Developed in partnership with the City of Seattle, and the Waterfront and Pioneer Square neighborhoods, the tools are part of an ongoing effort to assist travelers in locating affordable, convenient parking during construction.

The Web app is slated to go live today. No download is required. Optimized for mobile usage, it enables visitors to find parking 24 hours a day in the Waterfront and Pioneer Square neighborhoods. The app also allows users to locate nearby garages that partner with WSDOT and the city to offer a rate as low as street parking – $3 an hour. In all, there are more than 2,000 discounted parking spots available.

“We want people to know that parking is plentiful in Pioneer Square and on the Waterfront, and we’re doing everything we can to help you find it,” said Leslie Smith, executive director of the Alliance for Pioneer Square. “These new tools are another way to make your visit to these neighborhoods easier.”

WSDOT and its partners are also set to launch a more low-tech solution: Pioneer Square artist Jeff Jacobson will spend this week painting eight columns between South King and Union streets a bright shade of blue. Each column will also alert drivers of the parking website, DowntownSeattleParking.com.

The parking tools launch coincides with Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk on Aug. 1, during which free parking is offered by WSDOT and its partners.

SOURCE Washington State Department of Transportation