A parking headache: What’s the fix for crowded park-and-ride lots?

And how much more does it cost to build Washington State Ferries here instead of places elsewhere, per state law? Readers asked. Here are our answers.

Roy McIntosh, of Redmond, said he prefers taking a bus to Seattle, where he visits his children or attends events downtown.

But because finding parking at nearby park-and-ride lots is nearly impossible, he said, he’s given up on transit and now drives his car whenever he makes the trip.

McIntosh wants to know what King County Metro Transit is doing to improve parking at its crowded lots.

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Q. What is being done about increasing parking space at park-and-ride lots around the county? Mass transit is wonderful and should be encouraged, but it is useless if I can’t find a parking space at a mass-transit center after driving from my home.

— Roy McIntosh, Redmond

A. By 8 or 9 a.m., many of Metro Transit’s 130 park-and-ride lots, totaling more than 25,000 parking spaces, on popular commute routes are full. You’re not alone feeling the struggle.

The agency has a few projects in motion to help free up room,…

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