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D.C. Council moves toward demand-based parking rates

Saturday - 5/5/2012, 5:37pm  ET

WASHINGTON - A District of Columbia Council committee has approved a plan to allow city officials to manage demand for parking spaces and reduce traffic by charging higher rates at parking meters during peak periods.

The plan to expand the "performance parking" program was approved Thursday. It has been tested on H Street in northeast Washington, on Capitol Hill and in Columbia Heights in recent years.

Mayor Vincent Gray's budget has projected the expansion could raise more than $3 million next year. The parking plan would direct money from the program to be used to improve bus service and alternative transportation options.

Councilmember Mary Cheh says parking rates ought to reflect market demand. She says it will help more people be able to find parking spaces to run errands to local businesses.

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