Jan 7, 2010

Mandated Parking Meter Changes to Take Effect

If you haven't seen the announcement on DDOT's website, check it out here.

Apart from the change to parking enforcement on Saturdays, please also note the following information from the announcement. One more reason not to drive ... ouch!

In addition to the Saturday enforcement, DDOT is also simplifying the District’s parking meter rates. To comply with the new legislation, 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.
It will cost $0.75/hour to park in normal demand zones.
The District’s premium demand zone rate is comparable or lower than the premium rates in other major cities across the nation including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Baltimore and Philadelphia where rates are $3 an hour or more.

DDOT will also change the hours of enforcement for parking meters in the city’s busiest commercial districts where on-street parking is often scarce. Nighttime parking enforcement hours will 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 Avenue and Water Streets, SW
The National Mall
Wisconsin Avenue, NW (from Van Ness Street to Western Avenue)