DDOT Announces New Penn Quarter-Chinatown Parking Meter Rate Schedule

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 11, 2018

Media Contacts

Terry Owens

Lauren Stephens

DDOT Announces New Penn Quarter-Chinatown Parking Meter Rate Schedule

(Washington, DC) — Beginning Monday, October 22, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will implement a new parking meter rate schedule in the Penn Quarter and Chinatown neighborhoods. The parking meter rate adjustment is part of a successful project to improve parking availability through demand-based pricing.

The project area includes on-street parking spaces bounded by H Street NW, 3rd Street NW, E Street NW and 11th Street NW. The project aims to reduce the time needed to find parking, improve turnover of high-demand parking spaces, provide better parking information to motorists, and reduce congestion by adjusting prices based on observed demand for parking on a block-by-block basis.

Map of where Penn Quarter/Chinatown pricing adjustments will occur
Penn Quarter/Chinatown pricing adjustments will occur within the red boundary, between H St NW, 3rd St NW, E St NW, and 11th St NW.

Parking meter rates on individual block faces in this area will range from $1.00 to $6.00. As with the previous price adjustments, the rates on each block face will vary by time period: weekday morning, weekday midday, weekday evening, and Saturday.Penn Quarter/Chinatown pricing adjustments will occur within the red boundary, between H St NW, 3rd St NW, E St NW, and 11th St NW.

The table below provides a summary of the number of block faces that will have quarterly demand-based meter rate adjustments. Blocks identified for adjustments are shown in the figure below:

Summary of Block Face Meter Rate Changes
Summary of block face meter rate changes
Blocks Identified for Parting Meter Rate Adjustments
Blocks identified for parking meter rate adjustments

DDOT is in the process of finalizing a detailed assessment of the Penn Quarter-Chinatown Parking Pilot. While the results are still being finalized, the pricing adjustments had a positive impact on traffic operations and curbside operation in the study area. 
Time to find an open parking space was reduced, the amount of “cruising” for parking fell and duration of double parking dropped in the study area.

The detailed parking adjustments will be available at parkdc.dc.gov. Travelers can also see pricing and real-time parking availability information using the parkDC or Voicepark mobile applications, available in the iTunes App Store for iOS and via Google Play for Android.

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