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Parking Study
A 2018 parking study clarified parking usage in areas of Issaquah by tracking on-street activity and surveying parking users. Areas included Olde Town as well as streets adjacent to the Issaquah Transit Center and Highlands Park & Ride.   

Study Findings 
  • Olde Town has abundant parking supplies overall, but the core area around the Sunset Way/Front Street intersection is highly utilized, creating the perception of limited parking. Even at peak times, parking spaces are accessible within a 3 to 5-minute walk of the Olde Town core. Of the 227 people who shared their thoughts on the study’s findings, respondents mostly agreed this is a reasonable walk to their destination.
  • Transit patrons do not tend to park on-street around the transit center or in Olde Town, nor is there a capacity issue with on-street parking around the Highlands park & ride. While there is limited on-street parking supply near the Issaquah Transit Center, even at peak parking periods the Tibbets Valley West lot has over 35% of its spaces available. 
  • Two percent of transit riders park on-street instead of within a transit agency-owned parking facility. If a transit rider does not find park & ride space, s/he drives to another park & ride that fills up later. In other words, most transit patrons do not park on-street to catch a bus.   

Additional Information 
  • Over 700 people were surveyed during the parking study. 
  • About 80% of parkers in Olde Town stay for less than three hours. 
  • Parking occupancy in Olde Town peaks at 62%. Cities typically manage parking when occupancy reaches 85%. 
  • About 285 parking spaces were available area-wide in Olde Town even during the busiest periods.    

Next Steps 
Parking management strategies in the Issaquah Transit Center and Highlands study areas entail educating businesses, preventing long-term storage of vehicles, signing in front of curbs with hydrants, and monitoring changes in how Sound Transit and King County manage their parking garages.   

For Olde Town, staff will conduct education and outreach, and install new signage to provide the public with information on where parking is usually available. Staff is also exploring shared use of privately-owned parking spaces in Olde Town. Staff will collect new data by the end of 2021 and re-evaluate parking supply usage and whether additional management strategies are required.