Friday, August 22, 2014

DDOT releases proposed rules to revamp the Visitor Parking Pass Program

Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:14:22 -0400
Subject: DDOT News: DDOT Releases Proposed Rules to Revamp the Visitor Parking Pass Program

Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Transportation

Friday, August 22, 2014

Media Contacts
Reggie Sanders(202)
Michelle Phipps-Evans, (202) 497-0124,
DDOT Releases Proposed Rules to Revamp the Visitor Parking Pass Program
(Washington, DC)
 – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the publication of proposed rules that will modify the annual Visitor Parking Pass (VPP) program, and clarify the process for eligible households to receive, and use a 2015 visitor parking pass. The rules are open for a 30-day comment period, and DDOT welcomes comments on the proposed regulations.
The VPP program allows guests of District residents to park for more than two hours on residential blocks. The current 2014 passes, which would have expired on September 30, 2014, have been extended, and are valid until the end of the year. Starting January 1, 2015, DDOT proposes that the annual VPP be effective for a calendar year.
These proposed rules will require eligible households (within Wards 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F) to register either online at, or by phone at (202) 671-2700 to receive an annual VPP. The revision to the program will help DDOT better manage the demands, and evaluate program needs going forward. Depending on the outcome of the comment period, DDOT anticipates opening up registration in late October 2014. 
Additionally, the proposed rules clarify the privileges and restrictions of a VPP, that it provides temporary residential permit parking privileges to a vehicle, as long as that vehicle displays a valid pass on the driver’s side of the vehicle’s dashboard, and is used only within the ANC boundaries indicated on the pass.
“We appreciate that this has been a popular program in areas that use the passes,” said DDOT Acting Director Matthew Brown. “These regulations will enable us to streamline the program, expand the eligible recipients and improve the management of the program. We encourage the public to weigh in on the rules.”
To view or to comment on the proposed rules, please visit the following website:
Written comments may be sent to  Samuel D. Zimbabwe, Associate Director, District Department of Transportation, 55 M Street, S.E., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20003. However, comments sent to DDOT’s Public Space Policy Office, are encouraged. 

...and see Washington City Paper Housing Complex reporter Aaron Wiener's report on the above topic: 

City Unveils Tweaks to Visitor Parking Pass Program

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