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The enhanced Residential Parking Program (RPP) pilot program is starting to be implemented. Under this program, one side of a residential block is reserved for certain hours for local residents only (by DC Ward parking permits). (See ANC 2F Votes to Support New Parking Regs Benefiting Residents.)
Last week D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) employees were seen installing new signage on the 1400 block of Swann Street NW. Now, parking on the northern side of the block is reserved for residents with either Ward 1 or Ward 2 parking stickers from 7 am to midnight, seven days a week. The other side of the block is still available for parking to both residents and visitors under the current posted rules.
From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email at Tom[AT]borderstan.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann.
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B (ANC 2B) in Dupont Circle hosted the first of two public forums Tuesday night to discuss issues surrounding DC’s residential parking program (RPP). ANC Commissioner Mike Feldstein hosted the event and invited Damon Harvey of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to lead the discussion. (See related posts at bottom, including ANC 2F Votes to Support New Parking Regs Benefiting Residents.)
About 20 people attended the forum including ANC2B Commissioners Mike Feldstein (2B01), Jack Jacobson (2B04), Ramon Estrada (2B09) and Mike Silverstein (2B06). DDOT’s Harvey wowed the attendees with his extensive knowledge and anecdotes about resident parking throughout DC and repeatedly mentioned that he and DDOT will really listen and respond to residents concerns about the scarcity of parking.
David Alpert was also featured prominently in the forum. Alpert, founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington and a resident of ANC 2B, wrote an overview of some of the challenges of parking in the neighborhood and offered a few options in his article and during the forum. A few of the major concerns were quickly identified early on. Residents are frustrated with lack of curbside parking near their homes, especially in the evenings.
There is concern that Logan Circle’s plan to test an “enhanced residential parking program” will have a spillover effect in Dupont as visitors scout for spots there since fewer will be available to them in Logan. Comments also surrounded the growing popularity of Dupont and Logan Circle as a nightlife destination and its impact on parking.
The discussion on nightlife brought up Mayor Gray’s recent budget proposal to generate more revenue through extending the hours that bars can operate. Commissioner Mike Silverstein, who is also a member of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, pointed out how the Mayor’s proposal has the potential to put considerable pressure on parking.
Silverstein explained that by extending bar hours, DC’s closing time will be later than both Maryland and Virginia bars, making DC appealing for late-night entertainment. However, Metro will not be open to accommodate riders’ returns home at the later hours, forcing visitors to drive to DC rather than use public transportation.
Attention then shifted to some options to provide relief. The enforcement period for RPP could be extended to later in the evening — currently a visitor could legally park on the street at 6:30 pm and remain until the next morning. Dupont could adopt the program that will be tested in Logan in which one side of the street will be reserved for residents of the zone; note that parking zones and DC ward boundaries are the same. Another idea suggested is implementation of performance parking, in which visitors pay-by-cell for parking on residential streets.
As the forum drew to a close Damon Harvey offered some welcome news; DDOT is working toward moving the visitor parking permit process online. So the trip to the police station when you have out of town visitors should be eliminated in the future. The date of the next public forum has not been set. That meeting should firm up some of the conclusions and recommendations before moving to the ANC agenda for action.
- ANC 2F Votes to Support New Parking Regs Benefiting Residents
- Better parking for Logan Circle or bonanza for Kalorama? (David Alpert, Greater Greater Washington)
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From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email Tom[AT]borderstan.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann.
Logan Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2F (ANC 2F) voted March 7 to support a plan to bring parking relief to area residents through an enhanced residential parking permit program (RPP). The pilot program to upgrade the RPP was proposed by Councilmember Jack Evans (D-ward 2).
Evans’ director of Constituent Services, Sherri Kimbel, attended the meeting to answer questions about the test program. The program would reserve one side of a residential block as parking for residents only — in this case any RPP holder from Ward 2. The other side of the block would be available to both residents and visitors under the current rules as posted.
The hope is that this plan will make more parking available to residents closer to their homes. Visitors will have to vie for fewer parking spots in the increasingly popular Logan Circle neighborhood and 14th Street corridor. The original proposal from Evans called for the restrictions to be enforced six days a week. ANC 2F voted to support the program seven days per week.
During remarks introducing the program, Kimbel stressed several important points. Specifically, any block can opt out of the program if a majority of residents oppose it. There is no specific timeline for implementing the program and no guarantee that it will remain in place; and success of the program will be based on feedback from residents.
The feedback from ANC 2F commissioners and attendees was generally positive. All agreed that publicity of the program was widespread; Commissioner Nick Barron (2F02) posted the details on his blog, which was picked up many online news sources across the city. David Alpert, editor of Greater Greater Washington and a resident in nearby Dupont Circle, wrote an article about the program and pointed out the merits and shortcomings of the plan. Alpert attended the meeting and reiterated some of his points during the community discussion.
A large portion of ANC 2F straddles 14th Street, beginning at the National Mall (this will change after redistricting goes into effect next year) and and extending up to S Street NW at its northern boundary. The area, particularly in the blocks around 14th and P, have seen explosive growth in the past decade.
Along with an increase in residential development comes an influx of retail, dining and nightlife venues. Within the next 18 to 24 months hundreds of new residential units in the stretch of 14th Street from Thomas Circle to the Columbia Heights neighborhood will be ready for occupancy – this proposal could not have come at a more pertinent time.
By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[ATfirstname.lastname@example.org.
While your neighborhood cred may not help you get a table at Estadio, it may help you park your car, if Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) has his way. With the explosive growth in the Logan Circle area — both residential and restaurant/retail — local residents are having a tough time finding enough spots for their cars at the curb.
DCist reports that the pilot program, as currently envisioned by Evans, will restrict one side of the included area streets for cars with a residential parking sticker, all day, every day. The other side of certain streets will have restricted areas for non-residents without parking permit zones.
The measure is slated to be introduced shortly, and ANC 2F will discuss the proposal at their meeting this evening at the Washington Plaza Hotel at 7 pm. It appears there is support for the measure, which resembles a program in place for Eastern Market residents as well as parts of Ward 1.
Borderstan’s Tom Hay will be at tonight’s ANC 2F meeting and we will have a report for you on Monday.