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DC residents can apply for free visitor parking

Monday - 8/12/2013, 11:20am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Residents of some District neighborhoods will soon be able to apply for free visitor parking passes.

The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/1cFF8G5 ) that the surprise announcement last week from D.C. transportation officials is raising concerns about abuses.

Under a pilot project, the transportation department mailed free passes to all households in certain neighborhoods, but the new program will allow any household in an area where paid permits are required to request a free visitor pass. Passes won't be sent unless they are requested.

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh says she's pleased that passes are no longer being mailed en masse to residents, but she's concerned that free passes could easily be misused. Cheh says she recently asked the transportation director to delay the expansion of free passes.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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