Just because you don’t own a car in Seattle doesn’t mean it’s any easier to park one that you borrow. But for BMW’s car-sharing service ReachNow, new parking options are being added across the city to address that challenge as more members sign up.
ReachNow announced Wednesday that through new partnerships it is adding free parking spaces at four locations in Seattle: Pacific Science Center, Cascade Terrace Apartments, 500 Mercer Garage, and near the SoDo stadiums on Sunday game days.
The move comes at a time when, according to a recent study by transportation analytics company INRIX, Seattleites spend 58 hours per year looking for parking — three times more than the average American.
“We are constantly looking for ways to solve transportation challenges in the communities that we serve and it’s no secret to anyone living in Seattle that parking is becoming increasingly difficult,” Holly Houser, Seattle market manager at ReachNow, said in a news release. “Our hope is that with these added parking options, ReachNow immediately becomes an even more convenient way to get into and around the city.”
Here are the details on the new spots, available as pick-up or drop-off locations:
Pacific Science Center’s Claypool Memorial Garage (200 Denny Way – Seattle Center): The entire top floor of the garage is open to members. Enter the garage from Second Avenue North, just off Denny Way, and proceed to the “Butterfly” level. (map)
- Cascade Terrace Apartments (570 Galer St. – Queen Anne): Three dedicated spaces are available for members in the heart of Queen Anne. (map)
- 500 Mercer St. Garage at ATLAS Workbase (500 Mercer St. – Lower Queen Anne): Three dedicated parking spaces are available in the parking garage below QFC grocery store, thanks to ATLAS Workbase. (map)
- Stadium Parking for Sunday Game Days (Third Avenue South and South Massachusetts Street – SoDo): Thanks to a partnership with the City of Seattle, ReachNow has seven spaces just south of the stadiums on Sundays for both Sounders and Seahawks game days. (map)