Downtown DC neighborhoods see changes to metered parking rates

WASHINGTON — Get ready for new parking meter rates, which could mean higher costs to park in a couple of D.C. neighborhoods.

The D.C. Department of Transportation said the changes, which take effect Monday, are part of a pilot project that uses demand-based pricing to improve parking availability in the Penn Quarter-Chinatown neighborhoods.

The pilot study area is bordered by H, 3rd, E, and 11th streets Northwest.

It’s the fourth rate adjustment since the program’s inception. As with past increases, prices will fluctuate depending on which blocks you park on and what time you park there. Parking prices range from $1 to $4.75 per hour, and may even vary between block faces along the same street.

Prices will fluctuate according to demand during weekday time periods in the morning, midday or evening. Rates will vary on Saturdays as well, but according to DDOT’s Park DC — Demand-Based Parking page, the cost will remain the same all day.

Goals of this pilot program include improving the parking experience for drivers by reducing congestion and the time drivers spend looking for parking spots.

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