Riders using the parking lots at the Auburn and Puyallup Sounder train stations can now access reserved parking until 8 a.m. To take advantage of the reserved parking, riders must purchase a new Single Occupant Vehicle (SOV) permit or sign up for an existing free carpool permit.
The SOV permits, which go on sale May 1, will be available for $60 each month, with a discounted rate of $20 per month for riders who are eligible for ORCA Lift reduced transit fares. The prices are set based on market rates for commuter parking in the vicinity of each station, according to a press release from Sound Transit.
Permitted parking spaces will be reserved exclusively for permit holders arriving during morning rush hours. Weekdays frequently see the Auburn and Puyallup stations fill up well before 6:30 a.m., making it difficult to access the Sounder for people who don’t arrive early. The permit options are “intended to provide a reliable option for riders to find parking without arriving earlier than needed,” according to Sound Transit.
The size of the permit area at each station will be set based on the number of permits purchased and issued each month, but will not exceed 50 percent of the spaces at either station. All other parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Unused permit spaces will also become first-come, first-served after 8 a.m., and on holidays and weekends.
SOV permit applicants must use a valid ORCA card at least 12 days per month to board Sounder, ST Express, or a bus from the same station operated by King County Metro or Pierce Transit. Carpool parking permits continue to be free to groups of two or more riders who all “commit to use transit and share a ride to the station” at least 12 days per month.