So Just When Will Enhanced Ward 1 Residential Parking Kick In?
It seems like the full implementation of the Enhanced Residential Parking Program has been taking forever. The proposed legislation was first circulated for comment on June 17, 2011, with a second notice issued on November 11, 2011. The final rule was submitted to the D.C. Council on November 15, 2011.
We began to explore it fully on a neighborhood level back in February 2012, ANC 1A voted in support of it in April 2012, and the visitor pass portion of the legislation started arriving in the mail at the end of July 2012. Yet the chief provision of the legislation — reserving one side of each residential block for Ward 1 residents only during the day has yet to be fully implemented.
I finally have some news to share on that. The primary obstacle has been the swapping out of the existing “green” Zone parking signs for the new “red” Ward 1 resident only signs. Based on a conversation I recently had with a member of DDOT, they are now ramping up their efforts to complete this work in a timely manner. The unofficial goal they are hoping to meet is the end of November for sign replacement. Typically, the new signs will be on the north or west sides of streets within the Ward.
While swapping out signs may sound simple — and in most cases it will be — it is not as easy as merely creation 100′s of new signs. The majority of the signs will be alike, but there are also variations that need to be accommodated. For example, blocks that are within a block of another Ward permit residents of both Wards to park there. The new red signs will also mirror this practice. Also, blocks that have petitioned and been granted extended RPP hours and days will similarly need to include that language on them. What all of this means is that there are several exceptions to the rule that need to be accommodated.
In any event, I’m pleased that DDOT if finally making the new signage a priority. For while the DC Council and most ANCs have supported this change in parking, until the signs go up it will not be enforced.DDOT, parking comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.