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“Glitch” Sends Out Expired Visitor Parking Passes

December 11, 2014

visitor parking passes(Expired DDOT Visitor Parking Pass receive on December 11, 1014)

District residents have begun to receive their new Visitor Parking Passes only to discover, upon inspection, that the pass mailed out is the 2014 pass, already expired. Even the accompanying letter states that the period covered by the pass is from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.

Upon contacting DDOT, it was learned that DDOT is “working with the contractor right now to see where the glitch was, and to correct it as soon as possible.” DDOT currently has no estimate for how long it will be before new passes will be mailed out, or if last year’s passes were mailed to all residents or only a portion of them. DDOT also stated that they “will figure it out and do whatever it takes to fix the situation.”

UPDATE: It appears that residents who registered for a new VPP before the system was set up for 2015 passes received another 2014 pass. Again, according to DDOT: “There were two batches of 2014 passes [though the number is yet unknown] that were recently mailed.  Those individuals / applications will be converted to 2015 passes, and those will be mailed (per the contractor) next week.  If your pass is in this batch, you will receive a 2105 pass.”

You Can Start Requesting Your 2015 Visitor Park Pass

October 3, 2014

Visitor Parking Pass flierAt the end of September, residents with visitor parking passes will have noticed that their 2014 passes expired at the end of the month, yet they hadn’t received their new passes. Like last year, DDOT has extended their use until December 31, 2014.

But unlike last year, if you want a new visitor parking pass for 2015, you have to go to the DDOT Web site and request a 2015 pass. According to the DDOT Web site (http://vpp.ddot.dc.gov/vpp/) eligible residents can now start pre-registering for their 2015 passes.

The August 22, 2014, DDOT press release explaining some of these changes is below:

DDOT Releases Proposed Rules to Revamp the Visitor Parking Pass Program


(Washington, DC)
 – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the publication of proposed rules that will modify the annual Visitor Parking Pass (VPP) program, and clarify the process for eligible households to receive, and use a 2015 visitor parking pass. The rules are open for a 30-day comment period, and DDOT welcomes comments on the proposed regulations.

The VPP program allows guests of District residents to park for more than two hours on residential blocks. The current 2014 passes, which would have expired on September 30, 2014, have been extended, and are valid until the end of the year. Starting January 1, 2015, DDOT proposes that the annual VPP be effective for a calendar year.

These proposed rules will require eligible households (within Wards 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F) to register either online at http://vpp.ddot.dc.gov, or by phone at (202) 671-2700 to receive an annual VPP. The revision to the program will help DDOT better manage the demands, and evaluate program needs going forward. Depending on the outcome of the comment period, DDOT anticipates opening up registration in late October 2014.

Additionally, the proposed rules clarify the privileges and restrictions of a VPP, that it provides temporary residential permit parking privileges to a vehicle, as long as that vehicle displays a valid pass on the driver’s side of the vehicle’s dashboard, and is used only within the ANC boundaries indicated on the pass.

“We appreciate that this has been a popular program in areas that use the passes,” said DDOT Acting Director Matthew Brown. “These regulations will enable us to streamline the program, expand the eligible recipients and improve the management of the program. We encourage the public to weigh in on the rules.”

To view or to comment on the proposed rules, please visit the following website: http://www.dcregs.dc.gov/Gateway/NoticeHome.aspx?noticeid=5065357

Written comments may be sent to  Samuel D. Zimbabwe, Associate Director, District Department of Transportation, 55 M Street, S.E., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20003. However, comments sent to DDOT’s Public Space Policy Office, are encouraged.

Ward 1 Church and Community Summit Tonight at 7 p.m.

June 10, 2014

There is a community summit tonight for those interested in parking in Ward 1 among other things. In attending a pre-summit discussion, many local pastors will be in attendance and I know that church parking, in particular, tends to be a topic of much discussion. I don’t have much information beyond the flyer below … but it sounds like it could be an interesting event.

Ward 1 Church and Community Summit Flyer

New Zipcar Station on Otis & Georgia

April 11, 2014

I noticed the other day that the two metered spaces on the south side of Otis Place, just east of Georgia Avenue, have been converted to zipcar spaces. I didn’t see any Zipcars there yet, but hope to see them soon. Readers may recall that Zipcar was looking for a place to add two new stations to the area back in February 2013. This was the result.

Zipcar Station Otis

DC USA Church Parking Pilot Program to Begin This Month

April 4, 2014
DC USA parking entrance on Park Road.

DC USA parking entrance on Park Road.

At long last, church goers in the Columbia Heights area may finally get to park in the garage at DC USA for a reduced rate. A pilot program to do just this was presented before ANC 1A back in January 2013. Since then, there had been no updates. But, after doggedly requesting updates on this pilot I was finally informed that the parking pilot would begin in April 2014, and perhaps be in place by April 6th.

The pilot program, with the approval of the District’s parking committee, is being coordinated with four local churches where reduced rate parking will be provided to their parishioners on Sundays. On Sundays between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. participants in the Sunday Parking program will be able to park for up to four hours at a rate of $3.00.

Initially, the District was approached with a request for reduced rate parking by St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church (1525 Newton St, NW), Shrine of the Sacred Heart (3211 Sacred Heart Way, NW), All Souls Church (1500 Harvard St.), and Kelsey Temple Church of God (1435 Park Rd.). Sacred Heart will facilitate the program on behalf of all the Faith-based institutions.

Opening up the DC USA garage for church parking on Sunday will greatly assist in balancing the parking needs between residents and the Columbia Heights Faith-based community.

For Those Who Didn’t Get Their Visitor Parking Pass This Year

March 26, 2014
If you didn't get a new Visitor Parking Pass this year, you can request one online from DDOT.

If you didn’t get a new Visitor Parking Pass this year, you can request one online from DDOT.

I’ve been hearing from a few residents — particularly those on streets that are not part of the Residential Parking Permit program — that they did not receive their Visitor Parking Pass this year. After contacting DDOT, here is what I learned.

If you did not get your visitor parking pass this year, you can go to DDOT’s online vpp system at: https://vpp.ddot.dc.gov/vpp/  and alert DDOT that you didn’t receive one.  By using the site, each registration will generate an automated email with confirmation number that residents can use to track the status of the pass until it is delivered.  If you know of a neighbor who needs one and does not have computer access, they can contact the DDOT Call Center at (202) 673-6813 where they will be happy to assist.

 

Parking Changes in the Works Around Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School

March 25, 2014
Map showing areas that will be impacted by parking changes.

Map showing areas that will be impacted by parking changes.

As a result of a DDOT study conducted at the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School in response to police concerns with children’s safety, DDOT learned that the existing parking signs around the school do not meet DDOT standards for schools. DDOT plans to change the signage around the school sometime near the end of April or beginning of May so that the parking meets their safety standards.

Currently, the streets around the are unregulated. DC law 18 DCMR § 2406.2 allows DDOT to prohibit parking in front of schools. One purpose of this law is to maintain a fire lane so that fire trucks and other emergency vehicles have safe access when children are in the school building. Another purpose of this law is to provide space for pick-up and drop-off. Unlike schools in more suburban areas, many DC schools do not have sufficient space in their parking lots to accommodate pick-up and drop-off safely. DDOT has proposed to change the parking restrictions on the school side of the street of Warder Street and Otis Place.

After DDOT implements the changes there will be no parking on Warder Street at the school during school days between 7:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. The south side of Otis Place adjacent to the school will become 15-minute parking during school days between 7:45-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-6:00 p.m. The inset above shows the areas that will be impacted when these changes go into effect.

Reminder: Street Sweeping Enforcement Officially Begins March 1st

February 28, 2014

Street cleaning signAs a REMINDER:  Street Sweeping Season begins March 1! – DPW cleans residential and arterial streets using mechanical sweepers of various sizes. Every year, between March 1 and October 31, these sweepers operate along residential streets where signs are posted restricting parking during street sweeping hours. A $45 ticket may be issued for violating these restrictions.

In past years, DPW has issued warnings rather than tickets during the first week, but there is never a guarantee that that will happen this year.  In any event, be mindful that the time of year where you have to move your car for the street sweeper has arrived.

Visitor Parking Pass Distribution Now in Progress

October 17, 2013
DDOT is in the process of issuing new visitor parking passes.

DDOT is in the process of issuing new visitor parking passes.

The following information was distributed via the Listservs yesterday regarding the visitor parking pass program.  Knowing that many residents have been asking about this, and have concerns about visitors being ticketed, I’m sharing it here:

2012/2013 Passes Will Remain Valid Through December 2013

(Washington D.C.) Today the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced it has started to distribute the 2013/2014 Visitor Parking Pass (VPP). The new passes are being distributed via mail to households located in Wards 1, 3, 4, 5 and parts of Ward 6 (H Street and Ballpark District) and DDOT plans to complete the mailing by December.

The residents in these Wards may expect to receive their pass no later than December 2013.

Although the 2012/2013 pass will remain valid through December 2013 residents are reminded to discard their old pass upon receiving the 2013/14 pass.

The new pass will be made available free of charge and only one pass will be provided per household.

Households located outside of the 2013/2014 VPP participating area may visit their local police station or substation to request a temporary parking pass.

Questions about the VPP program may be directed to DDOT’s customer service line at 202-673-6813 during normal business hours.

About the Parking Pass Program

The VPP program is designed to allow guests of District residents to park for more than two hours on RPP<http://dc.gov/DC/DDOT/Services/Parking+Services/Residential+Permit+Parking> zoned blocks. A VPP is only valid during the hours of RPP enforcement and in the same RPP zone and ANC boundary as the residence.

Please Note:
District residents cannot use a VPP in lieu of registering their vehicles with the District Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If residents who receive a pass have guests that stay overnight frequently, then the visitor should register their vehicle through the Registration of Out of State Automobile<http://dmv.dc.gov/service/registration-out-state-automobiles-rosa> (ROSA) program once a Warning Citation is issued by DPW parking enforcement personnel.

Visitor Parking Pass Program Update

September 25, 2013

Yesterday, DDOT issued the following press release relevant to the visitor parking pass program.  Last week, we learned that visitor passes would be mailed out to Ward 1 residents as they were last year. The important nugget from the press release is that the passes that expire at the end of September will remain valid through December of this year.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced the following updates regarding the Visitor Parking Pass (VPP) Program:

  • The current 2012/2013 VPP will remain valid through December 2013.
  • Residents that do not have a VPP may obtain a parking pass at a police station or substation in the ward in which they reside.

The 2013/2014 VPP will be made available free of charge and only one pass will be provided per household.

About the Parking Pass Program

The VPP program is designed to allow guests of District residents to park for more than two hours on RPP zoned blocks.  A VPP is only valid during the hours of RPP enforcement and in the same RPP zone and ANC boundary as the residence.

Please Note:

District residents cannot use a VPP in lieu of registering their vehicles with the District Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  If residents who receive a pass have guests that stay overnight frequently, then the visitor should register their vehicle through the Registration of Out of State Automobile (ROSA) program once a Warning Citation is issued by DPW parking enforcement personnel.


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