Temporary subsidized daily parking ends Sept. 2

(Updated August 25, 2022)

The temporary subsidized parking program of half the employee cost of parking at the Goat Hill Parking Garage and King Street Center Garage will end Sept. 2, 2022.

Effective Sept. 3, 2022 the full daily rate of $20 will be in effect. Employees who wish to park for a full day at either of these garages will pay a $20 daily rate with their employee ID Card. You can find complete hourly rates here.

Employees who receive paid parking as provided in their collective bargaining agreements will continue to do so after this date, per the terms of the agreement.

Employees who would like to enroll in monthly parking should read and complete a King County Employee Parking Application. The agreement details all available options, as well as employee garage parking policies. Completed applications should be submitted to FMD Parking Operations (fmdpo@kingcounty.gov) for processing.

If you are currently enrolled as a subsidized monthly parker via payroll deduction and want to continue under the standard rates, you will need to re-apply for monthly parking access. All current deductions and parking access will expire on August 31. The parking application is available on SharePoint.

As a reminder, your employee ID/ORCA card covers your fare on public transportation services. See the Employee Transportation Program webpage for a current list of services that accept your employee ID/ORCA card as fare payment.

If you have any questions about employee parking, please visit this page. You may also contact FMD Parking Services at fmdpo@kingcounty.gov.

Commute programs available to King County employees

In addition to transit options available through the ID/ORCA Card, King County employees have a range of options for a safer commute, including:

  • Walking Bus: With the “Walking Bus” pilot program, county employees can join their colleagues and a Facilities Management Division (FMD) Security Escort each evening walking to the King Street Station and the Colman Dock from the downtown campus. In this initial pilot phase, two dedicated security escorts will depart daily, Monday-Friday, from the King County Courthouse one to the King Street Station and one to the Colman Dock ferry terminal. To King Street Station – Depart 4th Avenue Entrance at 4:40 p.m. To Colman Dock – Depart 4th Avenue Entrance at 5:05 p.m. Learn more
  • Walkpooling: Walkpools is a program where you can walk to and from work with a buddy. The program is available whether you walk long distances, walk early in the morning or late in the evening, or have to navigate transit stations. ​​​​​​​Check out our video or visit the Employee Transportation Program website for more information.
  • VanPool: Join an existing group or start your own—five members gets you on the road! Everything is covered. Your monthly fare includes the van, gas, insurance, maintenance, roadside assistance, plus a guaranteed ride home. See how you can join a Vanpool.  
  • VanShare: Vanshare is your first/last mile solution to getting to and from bus, ferry, commuter and light rail or vanpool—and for getting the last mile or so to your worksite or school destination from your transit stop. VanShares are placed at the end of a trip – e.g. for people getting off the Sounder who walk over to King Street Center garage and get into a Vanpool vehicle that takes them to their worksite. These can be set up with five or more people who want to travel together. This is the quickest solution to get started and King County covers the entire cost for King County employees, except parking. Learn more
  • Goat Hill Garage Tunnel: For employees working in certain buildings, the tunnel from the Goat Hill Garage can be used to access the Chinook Building, the Administration Building, and the Courthouse, avoiding surface streets.