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Jefferson and Maple Park visitor parking lot pay-by-plate pilot project

What?

Completion of a 90-day pay-by-license-plate visitor parking pilot project

Where?

The Jefferson and Maple Park visitor parking lot 

When?

June - August 2016

Why?

The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) has switched from a pay and display parking system to a pay-by-license-plate system to better manage visitor parking on the East Capitol Campus. A 90-day pilot project ending Aug. 31 has collected data using license plate readers to monitor parking trends like high utilization times. The data collected by this technology will help DES Parking Services monitor parking availability during the day and ensure the lot is available to visitors, including visitors to the Capitol Campus and employees who work off-site but have business on campus. Employees who work off campus and have an agency parking permit can use visitor parking at no charge to the employee. 

Parking Services staff will analyze the data to determine cost effectiveness of the technology and the potential for integration and expansion to other campus lots. They will also explore additional technologies such as mobile applications and hand-held license plate readers to modernize and improve parking on the Capitol Campus.

Impact

Beginning in June, parkers who use the Jefferson and Maple Park visitor parking lot will use a key pad to enter their license plate number in the lot’s pay station at the time of payment. Now, instead of walking back to their car to place a receipt on their dashboard, parkers can simply enter their license plate number into the pay station, pay and go. Employees who work on the Capitol Campus may not use visitor parking between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. See WAC 200-200-188​ for complete conditions and rules.

Helpful information

  • If you don’t have your license plate memorized, take a picture of it with your phone.
  • Visitor parking costs $1.50 per hour on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • The pay station accepts debit and credit cards, $1 bills or coins.

Questions?

If you have questions about the pilot project or parking on the Capitol Campus, email parking@des.wa.gov​ or call (360) 725-0030.

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