From Tom Hay. Email at Tom[AT]borderstan.com. Follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann.
The DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) has issued an emergency rulemaking order to expand a popular Visitor Parking Program(VPP) citywide. The VPP was a pilot program serving neighborhoods in several wards citywide.
In the Borderstan area that includes residential blocks of Ward 2 surrounding the Howard Theater and in Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 1A, 1B and 1C in Ward 1. (See Dupont Circle ANC Hosts Public Forum on Resident Parking Regs.)
Under the VPP program participants in DC’s Residential Parking Program (RPP) are mailed a permanent visitor parking pass which permits their guests to park on RPP streets for longer than the allowed two hours. The alternative in the past was to make an in person visit to a police station to obtain a temporary visitor permit each time you had a visitor who needed to park for longer than two hours.
The emergency rulemaking addressed the expiration of the pilot program and also added new language, “subject to the availability of funds, the Director shall implement a visitor parking pilot program within all residential parking permit areas in the District”.
The proposal also states that the Director may phase in the VPP program citywide and sets the expiration for the pilot on September 30, 2013. The public has 30 days to comment on the regulation.