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March 14, 2006
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DDOT Invites Comment on New Religious Parking Policy
(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
invites public comment on proposals to increase parking spaces adjacent to
and around religious congregations and to step up enforcement against
parking violations. The enforcement will start in late April.
"The goal of these proposals is an easy-to-understand,
enforceable, safe system that allows congregations to park near their
places of worship and residents access to their cars," said Michelle
Pourciau, Acting Director of Transportation. "We will work with all
the concerned parties - the residents, the congregations, the DC
Government agencies - to develop site-specific procedures that works for
everybody, just as we did for the Convention Center, the MCI Arena and RFK
Stadium during the baseball season."
Before the increased enforcement starts in late April, DDOT will work
with community groups and congregations to inform all interested parties
of the new policy.
These policy and procedures are a cooperative effort of DDOT, the
Department of Public Works, the Metropolitan Police Department and the
Executive Office of the Mayor.
Comments should be directed to Miss Ann Simpson-Mason, DDOT Policy and
Planning Administration at 671- 2740 or at: Ann.Simpson-Mason@dc.gov.
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DDOT Proposals for Parking Around Congregations
In many neighborhoods of the District parking is often limited near
places of worship. This leads attendees to double-park during church
events and, at times, blocking fire hydrants and fire lanes, driveways,
alleys and crosswalks. Currently, MPD parking enforcement concentrates on
these violations that create safety hazards.
DDOT invites comment on the following proposals to create additional
parking spaces and increase enforcement around places of worship. These
proposals, developed by DDOT in cooperation with the Department of Public
Works, the Metropolitan Police Department and the Executive Office of the
Mayor, are similar to the site-specific parking arrangements DDOT worked
out for the Convention Center, the MCI Arena and RFK Stadium during the
DDOT is working with community organizations, residents and the
relevant District agencies to create additional parking near
congregations, as follows:
- Conduct a detailed review, in coordination with affected Advisory
Neighborhood Commissions and neighborhood groups, of the existing
parking supply and demand balance, identified by user groups. Based on
this review, DDOT will pursue changes to parking and traffic
regulations to meet these parking demands.
- Provide blanket public space permits for as long as a year for
Sunday parking and for other agreed-upon church events. This revocable
and renewable permit could allow back-in parking, double-parking and
other additional spaces and would be in addition to the
parking/traffic regulatory changes. The new spaces would not block
fire lanes or create other safety hazards. This site-type of scheme
has been successfully implemented on Capitol Hill around RFK for the
- Encourage discussions with private parking operators or other
parking facilities to open up more spaces for church attendees.
- Examine transit options, including shuttle service from large
parking lots, such as the site of the old convention center site and
the RFK lots, by Metrobus, the D.C. Circulator and private vans.
- Provide valet service to move vehicles blocking other vehicles.
*Sunday Double-Parking Enforcement*
District agencies propose the following steps to enforce and thereby
reduce church-related double-parking:
- For three weeks before enforcement starts, projected to be around
April 23rd, DDOT will work with DPW and the Mayor's Religious Affairs
Office to distribute warning leaflets/brochures as was done last year
in Capitol Hill neighborhoods at the start of the baseball season.
- After the warning period, parking enforcement will increase around
places of worship.
- Similar steps will be taken to expand parking and step up
enforcement in other neighborhoods where parking is tight because of
* * * * * *
Please direct your comments to: Miss Ann Simpson-Mason, DDOT Policy and
Planning Administration, 671- 2740, Ann.Simpson-Mason@dc.gov.
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Proposed Logan Circle Parking
11th Street, N.W.
(Rhode Island Avenue to S Street)
- Propose installation of 45 degree angle parking on both sides of
11th Street all times.
- Existing Spaces: 53
- Proposed Spaces: 80 RPP/Unrestricted based on existing frontage
Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Logan Circle to Q Street, NW
- Existing angle parking signs and pavement marking on west side of
1500 Vermont Avenue, N.W. between Logan Circle and Q Street (one-way
Existing Spaces: 21 RPP
Proposed Spaces: 21 RPP
- Propose installing 60 degree angle parking on east side of this
Existing Spaces: 11 RPP
Proposed Spaces: 16 RPP
Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Q Street to R Street
- Replace missing "Back-In Drive Out Parking" signs on west
side of the 1600 Vermont Avenue, N.W. between R Street and Q Street
except for construction area between R Street and the alley.
- Propose installing angle parking on east and west sides of the block
between Q Street and 12th Street; and convert this block from two-way
traffic to one-way southbound between 12th Street and Q Street.
Existing Spaces: 17 RPP
Proposed Spaces: 29 RPP
- Allow unrestricted parallel parking alongside median for north- and
southbound traffic between 12th Street and R Street beginning north of
12th Street intersection.
Existing Spaces: 0 RPP
Proposed Spaces: 22 Unrestricted
Vermont Avenue, N.W.
R Street to 11th Street, NW
- Propose removing existing 60 degree angle parking on west side of
the 1700 block of Vermont Avenue, N.W. between S Street/11th Street
and R Street, N.W. (30 foot street width too narrow to allow angle
parking and emergency access).
- Removal of west side angle parking allows permanent parallel parking
alongside the curb and median for southbound traffic between S
Street/11th Street and R Street, N.W. using a 14 foot travel lane.
Allow unrestricted parallel parking alongside median for northbound
traffic between R Street and 11th Street.
Existing Spaces: 39 Unrestricted
Proposed Spaces: 50 Unrestricted
900 -1200 blocks of Rhode Island Avenue, N.W.
between 9th and Logan Circle
- Between 9th and 10th Streets angle parking has been suggested. Rhode
Island Avenue is a principal arterial roadway. Angle parking is not
consistent with this roadway classification
- Propose alternate to allow parking on both sides of median between
Logan Circle and 9th Street, N.W. on Sundays Only.
Existing Spaces: 0
Proposed Spaces: 78 (8am-3pm Sunday Only)