Visitor Parking Passes, Reserved Resident Parking, On Track for Ward 1

Councilmember Graham announced yesterday the passage of his bill to reserve one side of Ward 1 residential streets for residents and provide visitor parking passes to each Ward 1 household.

To date, this has only been available in Ward 4 and on streets included in a pilot program. Graham’s full announcement is below:

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday the DC Council passed a bill I authored to better protect residential parking for Ward 1 residents.

Many Ward 1 residents are tired of getting parking tickets because they can’t find a place to park in their own neighborhood, even after paying $15 for a parking permit.

My bill, soon to be signed by Mayor Fenty, will:

  • Reserve 50% of parking on Zone 1 streets exclusively for Ward 1 resident parking
  • Make a visitor pass available to every household on Zone 1 streets. This pass would allow guests, babysitters, caregivers, etc., to park legally on Zone 1 restricted blocks.
  • Allow every Ward 1 resident with a properly registered vehicle to get a Zone 1 parking sticker (regardless of whether you live on an RPP-zoned block).

I authored the existing pilot programs testing these ideas in Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights. Both programs have proven to be effective and popular.

Under this measure, each Advisory Neighborhood Commission will be able to opt-in to this program by majority vote. ANC1A and ANC1B have already endorsed the bill. Streetscape construction project zones, as designated by the Mayor, will be excluded from the Program until the Mayor declares that all major construction has been completed.

This is good news for parking in the most densely populated Ward of the city. It follows 3 public hearings and many months of public discussion.

Bests, Jim

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