Snow is Coming – Free Parking and Metro Schedule

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According to DDOTDC’s twitter account there will be free parking at the DC USA Complex in Columbia Heights. They write:

“District has identified some free parking for residents at DC USA retail center garage after 10pm Friday night.

Residents can park for free at DC USA throughout the weekend. Cars must be moved by noon on Monday to avoid charges.”

Given that the fee for parking on a snow emergency route is $250 plus towing that is a pretty sweet option.


Metrorail anticipates opening at 5 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. and closing above ground portions of the Metrorail system when snow accumulations reach eight inches or higher. Customers riding Metrorail are encouraged to use care and caution on Friday afternoon while entering and exiting Metrorail stations as station platforms may be wet and slippery due to weather conditions.

In the event above-ground rail service is suspended, the modified underground service will operate every 30 minutes as follows:

Yellow Line – Pentagon to Crystal City only
Red Line – Medical Center to Union Station only
Orange Line – Ballston to Stadium-Armory only
Green Line – Fort Totten to Congress Heights only
Blue Line – Ballston (extended to Blue Line) and Stadium-Armory only

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  • Snow emergency goes into effect Friday morning at 9:30, so be sure your car is moved before then! (Even if it isn’t snowing yet, they’ll still give you the ticket.)

  • Does DCUSA still prohibit motorcycles from their [taxpayer funded] garage?

  • I was at the DCUSA parking garage this morning and didn’t notice any free parking. In fact I noticed that the hourly rate has gone up from $1 to $1.50.

    • Yep, there was a rate increase to cover the DC Gov [taxpayer] cost of over $2-million to run this mostly empty garage. They’re also planning to rent a few spots out for monthly and daily parking – not sure who is going to use that though. Greater Greater Washington covers it here:
      what a huge waste of space and [our] money.

  • Whoops. Just actually read the above and noticed that the free parking starts at 10:00 pm Friday night. Still grumbling though about the 50% increase in the hourly rate.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    From a reader:

    A Snow Emergency went into effect for the District of Columbia as of 9:30 A.M. For a map of snow emergency routes, click here. For a list of streets included, click here (PDF files).

    Policy: if your vehicle is not moved off the snow emergency route, DPW will tow the vehicle to a pre-determined lot. DPW will no longer relocate the vehicle in the local neighborhood. The resident will incur a $250 fine for parking on a snow emergency route during a declared snow emergency, a $100 towing fee and a $25 impound fee (this fee will double after 48 hours and then increase by $25 every 24 hours thereafter).

  • Anyone know if we can leave the cars there now, pay normal rates until 10, and then pick up on Monday morning, or are they sectioning off a particular part of the garage for the free parking that will only become available until 10?

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