At last night’s council meeting a plan for allowing commuters to park with permits on West Main between 3rd and 5th Street SW was voted down in a 4-3 vote.
This plan would have opened up some city street parking that was taken away from commuters when the new parking plan was implemented earlier in the year.
When talking about downtown parking we have to remember to take into account the whole situation.
First, commuter parking is NOT the City of Puyallup’s problem to deal with. This problem is Sound Transits’. They need to be finding the funds to expand their parking and not impact the city and its’ residents.
Second, commuters have plenty of parking, other than the street. Sound Transit has hundreds of stalls on site, the Red Lot is available with hundreds of more, and there is a South Hill Park & Ride also available. If parking is such a major headache for people they can always drive their own cars to work!
If commuters have issues with the parking situation the best thing for them to do is lobby Sound Transit to find the money to come up with a solution. The city council is not the enemy. No one is using parking as a way to get rich and retire early. Voting on downtown parking is not a conflict of interest, nor is it a financial gain. It is the job of a council member to represent the majority voice of citizens, which is what those four council members did.
Downtown businesses are happy with the parking, downtown residents are happy with the parking. That’s what is important.