Demand-Based Parking Pilot Begins in DowntownDC



Beginning this week, 1,000 metered on-street parking spaces in Chinatown-Penn Quarter have been incorporated into a demand-based pricing pilot from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) designed to improve parking availability. This means that on-street parking rates for those spots will now vary based on parking demand. Users will pay more to park during high-demand periods and less during low-demand periods.

The pilot includes all metered on-street parking spaces within the area bounded by H Street NW, 3rd Street NW, E Street NW and 11th Street NW (see map below). Each of the pilot’s parking spaces are now clearly numbered.

The goal of the pilot is to match parking price to demand. This should improve the chances of finding on-street parking when drivers need parking, and will reduce the cost to park on-street when demand is low. DDOT will collect data from the pilot this fall and adjust the prices again in January.

Beginning on Oct. 17, different parking rates were established in the pilot area on weekdays between 7am-11am, 11am-4pm and 4pm-10pm. Prices in the pilot zone now vary from $2.00 per hour up to $2.75 per hour.

Users will pay for parking at these spots as they have previously—through the Parkmobile app or at a parking kiosk.



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