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No more parking hangovers under McGinn's nightlife initiative - seattlepi.com

If you're going out to the bar and you'd rather not drive home, the city has a new option for you to leave your car parked overnight without fear of getting ticketed right away in the morning .
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on Thursday announced a new pre-payment option on certain parking meters in the Pike-Pine corridor and Capitol Hill that will allow drivers to pay for two extra hours of parking the next morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The idea is to give drivers more time to get home safely by cab or transit and pick up their vehicle the next day.
The meter rate in the Pike-Pine corridor is $2 per hour. It's $3 on Capitol Hill.
Parking pay stations with the option have been marked with a blue and yellow information sticker. The new parking option is among several changes announced as part of the mayor's Nightlife Initiative. The stickers eventually will be applied to pay stations citywide.
"The Nightlife Initiative grew out of a need to support our local businesses, encourage a safer nightlife experience and build urban vibrancy in Seattle," McGinn said in a statement. "That's why a comprehensive approach is so important. The eight components of the initiative all work together to build stronger neighborhoods, public safety and nightlife in our city."
The mayor also announced the city will work with property owners and businesses to set up new late-night taxi zones in downtown, Belltown, Pioneer Square, Broadway, the University District and Ballard. Taxi drivers have complained for years about a lack of such zones to easily pick up passengers. McGinn says the new zones will provide a safe and visible sidewalk location for people to hail a taxi. This work is scheduled to take place over the next two to three months.
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