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

NEWS: Notes on 10/2/12 Parking Meeting

On October 2, 2012 the ANC hosted a community meeting to discuss parking, the second such meeting since February.  The following are notes from that meeting.  Many thanks to neighbor Nell Payne for her contributions to this post.

The notes from the first parking meeting are available here.

DDOT representatives: Damon Harvey and Angelo Reyo

Parking Think Tank Meetings:  DDOT is hosting more than a half dozen “think tank” meetings to solicit residents’ input on what future parking should look like in the District.  Go to the DDOT website – www.ddot.dc.gov – for information and schedule.

Summary of Prior Parking Meeting:  Damon Harvey briefly summarized discussion at the previous meeting on April 3.

Performance Parking:  For metered spaces, DDOT is considering “performance-based” parking – meter rates would rise during peak usage periods.  Two goals include easing congestion and raising revenue.  A portion of the additional revenue would be reserved for that specific neighborhood and could be used for things like installation of additional Capital BikeShare stations, sidewalk improvements, etc.  50% of revenue raised goes toward the waiver of transaction fees for disabled parking permits.

Pay by Cell Parking:  Now available for all metered spots in the District.

Residential Parking Permit (RPP) System:  Absent parking meters, the default Residential Parking Permit (RPP) regulations allow non-residents to park up to 2 hours, 7:00am-8:30pm, Monday through Friday.  All other days/times, parking is unlimited.  Restrictions do not apply to non-residents with a Visitor Parking Permit (VPP), more on that below.  Current fee for RPP zone pass is $35.  There was some discussion about whether this was an appropriate price.

Enhanced Residential Permit Parking (ERPP):  Part of two nearby neighborhoods, ANCs 2C and 1B have adopted Enhanced Residential Parking Permit (ERPP) rules.  In 2C, one side of the street is reserved for residents only, 7:00am to 12:00 midnight, seven days a week; non-residents can park for up to 2 hours.  In 1B, one side of the street is reserved for residents only, 7:00am-8:30pm, Monday through Friday, with no provision for non-resident parking on that side of the street at allduring that period.  Methods to institute ERPP include (1) the City Council can pass legislation; (2) the ANC can adopt a resolution; or (3) residents can file an ERPP petition.  To receive a copy of the petition, contact Damon Harvey at damon.harvey@dc.gov.  The petition should provide the boundaries of the area in which ERPP is desired, the specific hours/days desired, and be signed by 51% of residents, one signature per household.

Registration of Out of State Automobiles (ROSA):  ROSA rules are intended to prevent overnight parking by non-residents who don’t have a VPP – $300 fine.  But military are not required to have ROSA registration.

Disability Parking:  Disabled residents may be able to reserve a specific space, for example, in front of their house.

Visitor Parking Permit (VPP):  Currently, residents of Wards 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 automatically receive a hard-copy VPP, which allows non-residents to park during hours when RPP or ERPP rules are enforced.  Residents of Ward 2 can go to a police station and request a VPP that is valid for a certain number of days and is renewable.  DDOT is exploring the possibility of moving the VPP system on-line and charging for them.  New technology and other efforts help curb abuse (examples: forgery-resistant surface, a number on the pass that is linked to a specific address, limiting the VPP to a specific ANC, agreements with EBay and Craigslist not to post offers to sell VPPs).  Charging for VPPs would also limit abuse.  Could also limit the number of VPP days that may be used per household.  DDOT must come up with a city-wide VPP system in the next 12 months.

Enforcement:  The Department of Public Works (DPW) enforces parking.  DDOT has alerted DPW that the Dupont area would like to see more and better enforcement.  Meter parking enforcement works through 10:00pm.  RPP personnel (different team) enforce during the entire RPP or ERPP time period.  ROSA personnel (different team) enforce against illegal out-of-state parking.

DDOT’s Recommendations:  DDOT recommends that the neighborhood consider extending RPP to Saturdays in certain areas.  However, DDOT officials encouraged those interested in pursuing ERPP to consider the impact on guests (contractors, nannies, party guests, etc.), and include a provision for visitor parking with the request for ERPP.  The ANC 2C resolution could serve as a template.  The ANC will review that for possible ANC 2B action in future.  DDOT also recommends performance-based parking for metered spots in our area, to reduce congestion and raise revenues.

Audience comments/questions raised:

  • Are you considering installation of additional bike racks for use by residents who own and ride their own bikes?  Yes.
  • Will you consider converting some spaces from car parking to motorcycle/scooter parking?  Yes.  We’ve already done that in several places and are looking for more.
  • Considering day passes for businesses?  No, this could reduce the effectiveness of new ERPP rules that would otherwise limit parking by employees of local businesses.

NEWS: Follow-up Parking Meeting Tuesday 10/2/2012

Last April the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission arranged a meeting with DC officials to discuss residential parking regulations and the methods various neighborhoods are using to ensure the most efficient use of limited street parking spaces. As a follow up a second meeting, also with DC officials, is planned for Tuesday, October 2, starting at 7 PM at the Hotel Dupont. This meeting will build on the discussion we had in April and then focus on specific parking options for our neighborhood.

Please join us if you can.

NEWS: DDOT Shares Materials on Traffic Plans Surrounding 14th & U Projects

On August 18, 2012, the Department of Transportation’s Public Space office held a public meeting at the Reeves Center to discuss the traffic management and public space use plans related to the large number of construction and development projects near to 14th and U Streets NW.

Below are the follow-up documents that DDOT shared after the meeting, including traffic management proposals and comments.

Memo Regarding Traffic Control Plan, 14th & Wallach

Letter to DDOT Requesting Extended Hours 08-23-2012 Signed

Traffic Contol sheets

Drawings

For questions please contact Bernadette Edwards at DDOT:

Bernadette Edwards
Customer Service Manager
Public Space Regulations Administration
1100 4th St., S.W., Suite E-360
Washington, D.C.  20024
(202) 535-2982 (Office)
bernadette.edwards@dc.gov

NEWS: DDOT Hosts 2 Parking “Think Tank” Meetings

The Department of Transportation is planning to host 2 meetings called “Parking Think Tanks” in the next few weeks.  The Dupont ANC already hosted one public meeting on parking earlier this year (summary here), and we plan to host another follow-up meeting in the next 2 months.  Please be on the lookout.  In the meantime, here is the full notice from DDOT on their “Parking Think Tanks”:

(Washington, D.C.)  The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is hosting a series of community conversations, called Parking Think Tanks, to gauge the state of parking and to solicit public input on the future of parking in the District. DDOT envisions that these conversations will contribute to the development of a comprehensive curbside parking management plan.

In the ten years since DDOT’s establishment both the District and the role of transportation have changed dramatically.  The population has grown; vehicle ownership has declined; transportation options and choices have greatly expanded; and more people are taking advantage of these new options.  DDOT is asking for citizen input to develop strategies and recommendations to better balance the parking needs of everyone -employees, residents, and visitors – who competes for a share of the limited curbspace.

The goal of parking management in the District is to improve mobility and convenience by:

×         Preserving access to parking in residential areas for residents;

×         Promoting and facilitating commerce by prioritizing customer and commercial vehicle access in commercial areas; and

×         Ensuring the safety of all transportation users including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and motorists.

DDOT is seeking comments and recommendations on a number of its current parking programs such as the Residential and Visitor Permit Parking (RPP) programs, Performance Based Parking, parking meters, the management of reserved / restricted spaces (such as commercial loading, car sharing, ADA parking, etc.) and bicycle and scooter parking accommodations. Details about DDOT’s current parking programs are available online at http://ddot.dc.gov/DC/DDOT/Services/Parking+Services. In addition, DDOT is seeking suggestions for future parking enhancement opportunities

Anyone who visits, lives or works in the District is invited to attend a Parking Think Tank and/or to share their input via an online survey.  The input received will help shape future parking policies and programs to create a more efficient use of parking resources.

The following Parking Think Tanks are scheduled to take place as follows:

×         Tuesday, August 28, 2012
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
One Judiciary Square (Old Council Chambers)
441 4th Street, NW

×         Tuesday, September 18, 2012
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Ora Glover Community Room
1800 Good Hope Road, SE

The schedule for the additional Parking Think Tanks, the online survey and the information that will be presented at these meetings will be made available online at ddot.dc.gov/ParkingThinkTanks. The same DDOT presentation will be made at each Parking Think Tank.

Following the Parking Think Tanks, DDOT will host a public summit to report on the input received from the public; how the input may potentially shape the outcome of comprehensive curbside parking management plan; and the agency’s next steps.

Questions and requests for additional information may be directed to Angelo Rao at 202-671-1370 or angelo.rao@dc.gov.

NEWS: DDOT Officials and Dupont Residents Discuss Parking Issues

The Dupont Circle ANC and residents met at the Dupont Circle Hotel with DDOT  official Damon Harvey the evening of Tuesday, April 3, 2012 to discuss issues related to parking systems for the neighborhood.  Thanks to all who attended!  The following meeting notes are courtesy of Dupont resident Nell Payne, who attended the meeting along with many other residents and commissioners:

The purpose of the meeting was for DDOT to describe what types of parking systems have and have not worked elsewhere in the city, and for Ward 2 residents to explain the parking challenges they face and ask questions about the parking regulation system and what the options are.

Damon Harvey with DDOT (damon.harvey@dc.gov, 202.671.350) described the various ways in which neighborhoods can perfect their residential parking permit (RPP) system.  He urged us to think about a comprehensive approach, so that non-resident parkers don’t simply shift from one block to the next in search of laxer rules.  Attendees described the types of parking problems they encounter, such as spaces being taken by patrons and employees of nearby commercial establishments, and inability of the elderly and handicapped to find parking.

The default RPP option is a 2-hour grace period for non-permit holders 7:30am-8:30pm Monday-Friday.  That can be changed in certain ways by regulation upon the recommendation of the ANC, but other changes would require enactment of a new law by the City Council.  Examples of changes that can be made by regulation include changing the hours of the RPP system, imposition of resident-only parking (that is, no grace period at all) on one side of the street during certain hours/days, and changing the hours and costs of meters.  We should also carefully consider side effects – for example, if resident-only parking is instituted, the city will supply each household with a visitor parking pass, but there is danger that those passes can be counterfeited and sold.  DDOT works hard to prevent that, by monitoring Craigslist and EBay and using water marks on the permits, but it could be an issue.  Could be less of an issue if DDOT is successful in development and rollout of an internet-based system for visitor passes.

One option that was discussed would be to have RPP in place during the day, say from 8:00am to 4:00pm, then resident-only from 4:00pm to midnight.  This would allow guests, tradesmen and deliverymen to park for up to two hours during the day, then give residents priority by the time they come home from work.

There are more nuances than many of us realized.  For example, an RPP system that operates until 6:00pm, after which anyone can park for any length of time, really only limits parking until 4:00pm, because a non-resident can park at 4:00pm, stay for the 2-hour grace period until 6:00pm and stay further overnight until the RPP kicks in again the following morning.

[Comissioner] Mike Feldstein will organize a second meeting in a month or so, which will be devoted to discussion of issues specific to Ward 2, and suggestions by DDOT as to how to address them.