New Weekend Parking Restrictions Near Eastern Market On the Way – ANC6B Set to Expand Performance Parking Program North of Pennsylvania Avenue -
by Larry Janezich
Wednesday night, ANC6B’s Transportation Committee voted unanimously to recommend to the full ANC6B that the Commission request that the Department of Transportation expand the Performance Parking Program north of Pennsylvania Avenue, up to but not including East Capitol Street. The affected area would extend to South Capitol on the west and to 11th Street on the east.
The purpose of the program is to protect parking for residents who find it increasingly difficult to park near their homes as more traffic is drawn to areas around the Capitol Building and Eastern Market.
The Transportation Committee recommended that the full ANC request that one side of each block retain the existing Residential Permit Parking allowing two hour parking for non-residents of Ward 6. The other side of the block would be designated Resident Parking Only, Monday through Saturday, from 7:00am until 8:30pm. At the request of Commissioner Ivan Frishberg, a special zone around Eastern Market bounded roughly by 5th Street, 8th Street (both sides), East Capitol, and Pennsylvania Avenue would extend the Resident Only restrictions to 7:00am – 8:30pm seven days a week.
Each household would receive an annual reusable hard copy parking permit to accommodate non-resident parkers. The ensuing so-called “dinner party problem” for households expecting more than one non-Zone 6 car would be addressed by the householder making a trip to the MPD Substation at 500 E Street, SE, and picking up as many one day passes as needed. It would not be necessary to provide tag numbers for each vehicle.
According to DDOT, once the request is formally submitted by ANC6B, it could take as little as three months to implement. Experience south of Pennsylvania Avenue has taught that it could take longer.
One community benefit which will result from extension of the program is access to around $1 million in parking revenues which the city makes available to Performance Parking areas for non-automotive transportation projects. Some examples include bike racks, trash compacters, landscaping and the proposed Metro Plaza Info Hub. Proposals for funding can go to DOT through an ANC Commissioner or directly to the Department of Transportation.
ANC6B will take up the Transportation Committee recommendation at its September 11th meeting next Tuesday at 7:00pm at Hill Center.