More Parking Problem Relief
- Dear Friends:
As you know, since taking office, I have been doing all I can to relieve
parking and congestion problems in our neighborhoods. Shortly after taking
office, I established a parking and transportation task force, which worked
for nearly a year on these issues. (Copies of that report can be obtained by
calling my office at 724-8181 or by emailing me your address.)
Various positive accomplishments have occurred as a result of that effort.
Today I report on still more progress.
Last winter, I introduced amendments to a bill in order to give individual
blocks the ability to extend the hours of residential parking, thus better
controlling parking spaces for those who live in the neighborhood.
The legislation has now taken effect (L13-097).
As a result, in addition to being able to petition for residential parking on
your street, blocks may now petition to change the hours of residential
restrictions on parking. For example, the standard time for residential
parking is 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you lived in an area with a lot of evening
visitors (such as U Street and Adams Morgan) you could petition, block by
block, to extend the hours, for example, to 10:00 p.m.
It is important to emphasize that this is done not by area of neighborhood,
but block by block.
Please keep in mind the Georgetown experience, where hours were extended to
10:00 p.m. and residents found that their visitors were getting tickets or
they needed to get visitors permits for dinner guests. As a result some
blocks pulled back the restriction to 9:30 p.m., thus enabling visitors to
arrive just after 7:30 p.m. and avoid the threat of ticket (since the 2 hour
period extended beyond the limit.)
The process is the same for the petition for residential parking in the first
instance. The petition must be signed by "at least one adult resident of a
majority of the households in that block."
Of course this new flexibility will depend on voluntary compliance supported
by parking enforcement. A lot of people will read the signs and park
elsewhere. For those who ignore the signs, effective work by parking control
aides and police will make the difference.
There is a second amendment which does affects some of you. If you live on a
street which is not eligible for residential parking due to restrictions
(e.g. designated as commercial or has no parking anytime) and is surrounded
by streets which have been designated as residential, you can now apply for a
residential parking permit. 18 DCMR 2413.4(a)
Finally, my legislation permitting zoned parking for residents on private
streets (e.g., Beekman Place) is pending before the Council. A hearing has
been held, and I expect favorable action soon.
For more information about this extension of residential hours process, you
may call Parking Services at the
Department of Public Works at 541-6030.
Please stay in touch.
Jim Graham, Ward One Councilmember