Category Archives: Parking

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:

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 – – 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  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


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)