Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly is always thinking — of new ways to take m more money out the pockets of hard-working families, according to new evidence. Emails obtained through a public disclosure request reveal that Kubly recently asked his staff to “put together a list of the top five places without metered parking, or those that should have extended hours, and indicated he wanted to make money by charging for parking in part of Ballard.”
Kubly wrote to staff, “Riding down Shilshole – we could make a mint on weekends.”
Kubly, who is the target of an ethics investigation, attempted to explain his apparent desire to drain commuters for more cash in a recent interview. Via MyNorthwest.com:
“In a Wednesday interview with KIRO 7, Kubly said he was simply encouraging staff to look at different areas and ensure parking is working optimally. He claimed the city had no plans to add paid parking to the Shilshole area of Ballard, but said they are considering adding it to other places that are currently free.”
Somehow we don’t think the email was as innocent as Kubly would like the public to believe. However, Kubly’s answer is expected as he is in the middle of a serious PR problem.
So, where are the other areas under consideration?
According to reports, SDOT is looking into extending paid parking hours past 8 p.m. in the Pike-Pine corridor and on Capitol Hill. The agency is also reviewing an increase in the hourly rate of $4 an hour.
Our question is, if SDOT is in a revenue problem and needs to apply new parking rates/raise prices, why would Kubly spend millions to acquire a failing bike-share company – that he used to work for, of course?