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DC Parking Meter Changes - Do They Affect You?

By January 6, 2010

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Have you heard about the recent DC parking meter changes? The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) now enforces parking meter payment requirements on Saturdays at all metered spaces in Washington DC. Crews will begin updating the more than 100,000 parking regulatory signs and nearly 17,000 meters to reflect the change. Enforcement is effective once the signage is changed. Before parking at a metered space, be sure to carefully check the days and hours of enforcement. The parking meter rates are also being simplified so that there will now be only two types of parking meter pricing zones: premium demand zones and normal demand zones. It will cost $2.00/hour to park in premium demand zones, which include the busiest commercial districts and $0.75/hour to park in normal demand zones. Nighttime parking enforcement hours will be also be extended to 10 pm in the following premium demand zones:
  • Adams Morgan
  • Georgetown Historic District
  • Penn Quarter/Chinatown
  • U Street, NW Corridor
  • Downtown Central Business District
  • Maine and Water Streets, NW
  • The National Mall
  • Wisconsin Avenue, NW (from Van Ness Street to Western Avenue)
The changes in rates and enforcement are part of a comprehensive overhaul of DC's parking meter system. According to the DDOT, many drivers park for free for long periods of time, frustrating people looking for short-term, curbside parking to patronize local businesses. With paid parking evenings and Saturdays, DDOT expects there will be more turnover in spaces which will allow for more residents and visitors to find available short-term parking in commercial areas. So what do you think of the changes? Will added costs change how you park in the city? Are you more likely to take public transportation?

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