“Sound Transit believes it still can afford a $41 million, 400-space garage in Sumner and a $57 million, 600-space garage in Puyallup in the next few years, and space at Tacoma, Mukilteo and the Tukwila commuter-rail stations.” –Seattle Times 7-25-2012
|Sound Transit Garage in Kent|
I understand that parking capacity is full in Sumner and Puyallup. Further measures should be taken to improve access at Sounder Stations. But taking a step back from that immediate reality, you have to admit that $100,000/space is a lot of money.
Expanding structured garages is an expensive solution to managing demand. I would compare it to having parking requirements for new development, which were recently done away with in most of Tacoma.
I am willing to bet that shaving 5% off the number of parking spaces from these designs and using the money to expand bicycle connections to the stations would serve more people than the parking spaces themselves.
|12 Bikes can fit in the space for one car
Photo: Tacoma’s 6th Avenue – Red Hot
For Puyallup, shaving 5% of the parking spaces off of the proposed 600-space garage would represent 30 spaces or $3,000,000. That amount of money could fund a ten mile bike trail (12′-wide, bidirectional), and bike parking facilities at the station (source). If you’re thinking bike lanes, each parking space could fund two miles of bike lanes.
A sixty mile bike lane network from 30 parking spaces? That’s a bargain that both Sound Transit and the public could reap dividends on for years – in health as well as in congestion relief.