DC parking meter rates set to increase in June

WASHINGTON — Beginning next month, it will cost more to park at a metered space in the District.

Parking rates at all of D.C.’s nearly 15,000 meters will be $2.30 an hour for commercial and passenger vehicles effective June 1, 2016.

The District Department of Transportation is making the rate changes as part of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Act, which D.C. Council approved last year.

The change will be a 30-cent increase from the current $2 rate for premium-demand zones, which include the busiest commercial districts.

It’s a more than $1.50 more to park in what DDOT defines as a normal demand zone — up from $.75.

“The District’s premium demand zone rate is comparable or lower than the premium rates in other major cities across the nation including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Baltimore and Philadelphia where rates are $3 an hour or more,” DDOT explains of the prices on its website.

DDOT will be reprogramming the meters over the next several weeks. Also, DDOT notes the pay-by-phone vendor will update software to reflect the new rates.

Get more information about parking changes on DDOT’s website.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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