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Starting June 1, residents and visitors who want to park a vehicle in a metered space on D.C. streets will see higher rates in effect.
The District Department of Transportation says in a release that the new structure—approved by the D.C. Council last year—”establishes parking meter rates at $2.30 an hour for commercial and passenger vehicles citywide.” Almost 15,000 meters as well as D.C.’s pay-by-phone app will be upgraded to reflect the changes. Currently, drivers have to pay $2 to park in “premium-demand zones” in the city’s busiest commercial areas.
According to DDOT, parking fares are set to rise as follows:
-Premium Demand Zones: $2.00 to $2.30 an hour
-Normal Demand Zones: $.75 to $2.30 an hour
-Commercial Loading Zones: $2.00 to $2.30 an hour
-Motorcycle Parking: $0.25 an hour citywide
While commercial zones are included in the rate hikes, “commercial vehicle operators have the option of purchasing annual passes for $323, day passes at $25, or pay-by-phone for loading zone use,” DDOT explains. “The new meter rate is expected to generate revenue upwards of $2 million in [fiscal year 2016]. The additional revenue will contribute to the District’s share of [Metro’s] operating budget.”
See where D.C.’s different parking zones are in the map below: