Groups of two or more commuters who regularly drive together to participating park & rides (including the Auburn Transit Center) to catch transit are eligible to apply for carpool parking permits. Permits allow permit holders to park in reserved parking areas on weekdays during the morning rush hour.
Permit costs and eligibility requirements vary depending upon location.
How it Works:
Sound Transit facilities and services are funded by taxes levied on the residents of the Sound Transit Taxing District, which covers urban areas within King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. In July 2018, the Sound Transit Board of Directors adopted a resolution requiring that parking permits be limited exclusively to District residents.
To determine whether you live within the Sound Transit District, check your vehicle license plate registration invoice to see if you pay taxes for the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority [RTA] (“Sound Transit”). If you are subject to RTA taxes, based on the address associated with your vehicle registration, then you are eligible for the HOV and SOV permit at selected Sound Transit parking facilities.
To see the District boundary, and check your address, please visit:
The application process:
Applicants must provide basic contact information and transit pass or fare payment card number, such as an ORCA Card, ORCA Lift Reduced Fare Card or U-pass number
Types of permits offered:
Groups of two or more commuters who regularly drive together to participating park-and rides to use buses and trains, are eligible to apply for carpool parking permits. Permits for this facility are free of charge to eligible carpool groups. Permits provide permit holders exclusive access to designated permit parking areas at this location on weekdays between 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
At least two people must be present in the vehicle when parking in the carpool permit area. At least two carpool members must use their registered transit pass or fare card to travel by bus or train from the permitted station at least 12 days per month, during permit enforcement hours. Parking in the carpool permit zones without at least two people in the vehicle is prohibited.
Use of the carpool permit without two or more persons in the vehicle when parking in the permit zone during permit hours is prohibited. Repeat violators may lose their carpool permit and have their account closed.
Single Occupant Vehicle Permit (SOV):
The SOV permit provides exclusive access to designated permit parking areas at this location on weekdays between 4:00 AM and 8:00 AM (after 8:00 AM permit spaces may be used by anyone on a first-come, first served basis). The SOV permit holder must continue to ride transit from the assigned station at least 12 days per month (during permit enforcement hours), to qualify for monthly permit renewals. If ridership requirements are not met, permits will be revoked.
Orca Lift Permit:
Single Occupant Vehicle (SOV) permits are provided to Orca Lift card holders at a reduced rate. Applicants must be verified by Sound Transit before the application can be approved. To see if you’re eligible to get an Orca Lift reduced transit fare card, please visit
How to Apply Online:
-Go to Republic Parking Northwest’s website (click here)
– Select desired location from the list on their site
– Click ‘Apply Now For Monthly Parking’
– Fill out the required information and click ‘Submit’
– Once an application has been approved, you will receive an email with your account number. You must enter additional carpool members’ information to complete the application process and receive your permit.
After the application has been submitted and pre-approved, you will receive an email confirmation from Transit Services, with your new account number and instruction on completing the application.
How to Apply in Person:
Applications can be submitted in person by visiting either of the Republic Parking NW offices, below:
In Seattle: 200 West Mercer Street, Suite 103. Seattle, WA 98119
In Tacoma: 942 Pacific Ave. Tacoma WA 98402
Office hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday
Transit Services will process your application. If additional information is required, you will be contacted by email with instructions on completing the application. After the completed application has been submitted and approved, a parking hang tag permit will be mailed to the address on file.
The permit must be clearly visible, color side up, and in full view from outside your vehicle while parked in the permit parking area.
A new permit will be issued each month to eligible account holders.
Please note: It is the responsibility of the account holder to immediately update any changes to their account either online or by phone.
For questions about the permit program, to update account information, request a paper permit application, or for any other questions about the permit parking program, call Republic Parking at 253-327-1249, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m and email to [email protected].
The above is aggregated content from Sound Transit and Republic Parking Northwest. The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified this information.