More parking, more problems? DC Council hears from the public on a plan to resize residential parking zones.
Henderson emphasized the District RPP program’s sheer peculiarity in her opening statement. “We have eight residential permit parking zones and those are based on ward boundaries,” Henderson said. “Whereas Philadelphia has 39 RPP zones; San Francisco has 33; Boston has around 40; neighboring Arlington, VA has 23; and Montgomery County has 53. Adjusted for population, the District expects far more people to find parking in zones that are very different sizes from each other [in comparison] to other cities. Here, over 85,000 people must find parking in the 2.5 square miles of Ward One while just under 85,000 people compete for parking in the 10.4 square miles of Ward 3. The District is not the only jurisdiction in the United States or even in the world struggling with prioritizing parking for their residents near their homes, however, not many places are exploring alternatives, and I’d like the District to lead in that respect.”