Category Archives: Parking

NEWS: Transportation Committee Sets Goals for 2014

(This post is co-located at my ANC2B09 blog)

On April 23rd, the Transportation and Public Infrastructure Committee met for the first time. Created in March by ANC2B, the committee helps to coordinate many of the ongoing transportation, traffic, and infrastructure projects in our neighborhood and helps make real improvements to our community.

The committee membership is fantastic and includes five commissioners and five residents, all passionate about transportation and our neighborhood infrastructure.

At our first meeting, we set short- and long-term goals for the year that we believe are achievable and will have a significant positive impact in our neighborhood.

TPI Goals

Click to read our 2014 committee goals

Detailed minutes, which include timeframes for the above goals, can be downloaded here: TPI Committee Meeting Minutes 4-23-14

The committee is also a forum and a resource for anyone in the neighborhood. We encourage you to bring issues to our monthly meetings or to contact us directly. You can contact the committee by emailing TPI@dupontcircleanc.net or contact me, the committee chair, at noah.smith@dupontcircleanc.net.

 

NEWS: Proposal for New ANC2B Standing Committee on Transportation and Public Infrastructure

At the ANC2B monthly meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, March 12), Vice Chair Noah Smith (2B09) will introduce a proposal for a new ANC2B Standing Committee on Transportation and Public Infrastructure. The purpose of this committee is to promote a safe and effective transportation system for the residents and visitors of Dupont Circle and improve the use of public space in our neighborhood. The committee will serve as a resource for commissioners and as a point of contact for DDOT, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Administration (WMATA) and the DC Water and Sewer Authority (WASA).

Learn more: Proposal for a New ANC2B Standing Committee on Transportation and Public Infrastructure

BLOG: Our comprehensive neighborhood parking survey

Parking-signs-15K2-e1322013918854Posted by Will Stephens, Chair & 2B08 Commissioner / Cross-posted at www.willstephensanc.com

In a dense, mixed-use, urban neighborhood such as Dupont Circle, parking is an issue that is guaranteed to generate controversy — because it touches upon so many competing policies, interests, and judgments about value and fairness: the use of public space, local business development, environmental sustainability, multi-modal transportation options, smart growth, aging-in-place, and employment, just to name a few.

As you can imagine, we as ANC Commissioners get a lot of requests from neighbors — from nearly every residential block within the ANC — for preferred residential parking.  We have also been asked from time to time to consider whether to participate in a visitor parking permit program.  (For the time being, the ANC has rejected joining such a program, at least in its current iteration.)  We have also investigated whether there are zones in the ANC that could be ripe for performance parking — where meter rates can rise during peak demand times, with the additional income dedicated to community amenities.

With regard to preferred residential parking in particular, we want to be responsive to the legitimate frustrations of residents and other stakeholders.  However, if we ask the District to put this kind of parking in every block, we would likely cause havoc to an already over-taxed parking system.  We might be simply moving problems around or even potentially exacerbating them.  Therefore, we need to be able to be strategic in whatever we propose.

In addition, we need to be able to have sufficient information to consider other tweaks and changes to existing parking in certain areas — such as additional metered areas, piloting performance parking, re-purposing unused bus stops, or adding rush hour restrictions next to bottleneck intersections.

To that end, the ANC is currently undertaking a survey of all parking in the neighborhood.  The idea is this:  We first need to understand what are the current parking rules — i.e., where are existing loading zones, bus stops, valet staging, metered spots, resident-only parking, or rush hour restrictions, and at what times do the various uses apply.  The Department of Transportation (DDOT) has quite a bit of this information.  However, DDOT does not have all of the information, DDOT does not have it all together in a unified place, and DDOT’s information is not entirely accurate, as we have already learned by spot-checking a few key areas.

At the direction of the ANC, our public policy intern Daniel Warwick (a current student at GW) has been working to put as much of the existing DDOT information together as possible in an understandable format.  He has also surveyed other jurisdictions, such as Seattle, to gather some best practices on how to present parking information for each street.  On a parallel track, we are going to do on-the-ground “walk-throughs” in our Single Member Districts  (SMDs) with DDOT representatives to double-check and supplement the information.  Through these efforts, we hope to generate a comprehensive neighborhood parking map.

Once we have that survey complete, we will know what exists now — the status quo ante.  At that point, the ANC will be able to competently request any changes, or to competently respond to requests for changes from stakeholders like residents and local businesses.  Without this information, we will be stabbing in the dark and perhaps creating more problems than we are solving.

We also plan to hold at least one community meeting in the near future on parking issues, inviting representatives from DDOT to join us for an open discussion.  We held such a meeting roughly two years ago, at the time we considered participating in the Visitor Parking Pass program.

In the meantime, if you have comments, questions, or ideas about parking matters, please contact your Commissioner and share them.  If you would be willing to assist us in gathering information through “walk-throughs” of the streets, please contact Will Stephens (will.stephens@dupontcircleanc.net) and Daniel Warwick (coudriet-intern@dupontcircleanc.net).  This is no small project, and we could use extra hands on deck.  Thank you!

BLOG: M Street Bicycle Lane Public Meeting

Bikes and controversy on M Street.   The District’s public meeting May 15 on its plans to build a protected bike lane on the north side of M Street brought out crowds on both sides. About 100 people packed the West End meeting room to hear the Department of Transportation’s plans and then make their views known. A large group of Metropolitan AME Church members (in 2B05) described how the bike lane would disrupt arrivals and parking at the church. Metropolitan complained strongly about not being told of the pending plans earlier. DDOT will meet with the Church to see what better arrangements can be worked out, but Sam Zimbabwe from DDOT was clear that there will be a bike lane. Church members asked about routing around their block of M. Another 2B stakeholder identifying himself as owning a restaurant –bar in the 1800 block of M street complained that he’d lose business because of access problems caused by the bike lane. Many – less clearly identified by residency – spoke in favor of the bike lane and even argued that it would increase business as bicyclists became aware of businesses along their new routes. DDOT is committed to raising the percent of trips by bicycle from 1% in 2000 to 5% in 2015.

Submitted by Abigail Nichols ANC2B05.

NEWS: DDOT releases 2013 “Parking Action Agenda”

From the District Department of Transportation:

DDOT Releases 2013 Parking Action Agenda

Action Agenda Designed To Restructure And Better Focus Parking Management In The District

 (Washington, DC) Today the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) released its Parking Action Agenda for 2013 to restructure and better focus parking management in the District.

In the past decade, the District of Columbia has witnessed substantial growth in population and visitors, enhanced economic activity, and an increasing density of the urban environment. Changing transportation and land use patterns have led DDOT to revisit the issue of parking and its role in the overall transportation network.

This agenda creates a roadmap for DDOT to best assess the state of parking in the District, investigate innovative curbside management strategies, evaluate the benefits and impact of these tools and approaches upon the District, and outlines an implementation plan to holistically restructure the District’s parking system. DDOT anticipates that a comprehensive approach to some of the most challenging policy issues will be presented in the summer.

The agenda was compiled based on the public input DDOT received from the various community conversations (Parking Think Tanks) that were held this past fall to gauge the state of parking in the District of Columbia.

The 2013 Parking Action Agenda is comprised of the following seven key points:

·        Evaluating and identifying ways to update the Residential Permit Parking (RPP) Program;

·        Creating a new, more flexible Visitor Parking Pass (VPP) program;

·        Enhancing parking opportunities for individuals with limited mobility;

·        Improving access to, and turnover of, on street parking in congested areas;

·        Improving communication with the public about parking challenges and opportunities;

·        Increasing online parking services; and

·        Clarifying agency responsibilities to enhance transparency.

 

The agenda also includes a summary of the feedback from the Parking Think Tanks that shaped the above mentioned key points and timelines for next steps.

To view the agenda please visit: http://ddot.dc.gov/DC/DDOT/Publication%20Files/Services/Parking/ThinkTanks/DDOT_ParkingActionAgenda_2013.pdf