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Parking Changes in Southern Downtown Tacoma

Parking Changes Happening in Southern Downtown Tacoma


September 9, 2019



Tanisha Jumper, Media and Communications, tjumper@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5152

Stacy Ellifritt, Media and Communications, stacy.ellifritt@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-2005


Parking Changes Happening in Southern Downtown Tacoma

--Changes Expected to Start September 16--


The City of Tacoma’s Parking Services wants to make it easier for those visiting the southern Downtown Tacoma area to find parking. Parking demands are highest in this area, particularly near the University of Washington Tacoma campus.


Because of this, the City’s Parking Technical Advisory Group (PTAG) has recommended the following changes that are expected to start on Monday, September 16:


  • Extend the 90-minute paid parking to two-hour paid parking along Jefferson Avenue from South 17th to South 21st streets.
  • Institute a three-hour unpaid zone from Tacoma Avenue South to Market Street from South 17th to South 21st streets. Stalls that are already regulated in this area are exempt from these changes.


PTAG’s purpose is to analyze the City’s parking structure and make recommendations to increase efficiency. City staff and PTAG have spent time analyzing the area, and occupancy numbers show that street parking remains full throughout the day due to the significant parking demand. It is anticipated that these changes will help create more available parking in the area. 


For questions, contact Parking Services by calling (253) 591-5437, emailing parking@cityoftacoma.org, or visit tacomaparking.org for more information.