Summer tourists are finding out what Seattle office workers deal with all year: This city is a pricey place to bring a car. The Emerald City ranks...

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Summer tourists are finding out what Seattle office workers deal with all year: This city is a pricey place to bring a car.

The Emerald City ranks as the eighth-most-expensive place to rent a monthly parking space and the 12th-most-expensive place to park for the day, according to a survey by Colliers International, a real-estate brokerage firm.

It costs $250 a month on average to park in one of downtown Seattle’s lots or garages — and that doesn’t even get you a reserved stall. That’s a lot more than Portland ($138) or Houston ($148), but a bargain compared with Boston ($425) or San Francisco ($350).

Nationwide, parking rates probably will spike in the next year, Colliers says, because the economy is growing faster than parking garages are being built.

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Seattle Department of Transportation spokeswoman Liz Rankin says it’s one more reason to take the bus or ride with a co-worker. Since the 1980s, the city has encouraged companies to offer subsidized parking to car poolers, she said.