DC Streetcar Parking Enforcement Begins Today – “improperly Parked Vehicles on the H/Benning Corridor Will Be Ticketed”


From DC Streetcar:

“Beginning today, the District Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin ticketing and/or towing vehicles along H Street and Benning Road NE that are parked in such a way as to impede the path of the streetcar, including cars parked outside of the white lines and illegally double-parked vehicles. The District’s streetcar vehicles are scheduled to return permanently to the corridor this month for additional testing before passenger service begins.

The fine for vehicles blocking the path of the streetcar will be $100. At DPW’s discretion, vehicles may also be towed to clear the streetcar’s path and then relocated within the immediate neighborhood. Ticketing will be an ongoing occurrence along the corridor and is not expected to cease.

The DC Streetcar Team has been issuing “warning tickets” to vehicles on H/Benning that are improperly parked, prior to actual enforcement. Outreach will continue in order to spread the word that DPW is now ticketing and to educate motorists about proper parking along the streetcar corridor.”

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  • I gleefully await the onslaught of MD drivers angrily posting to the WTOP and WaPo comment sections.

  • “including cars parked outside of the white lines and illegally double-parked vehicles.” Any reason we can’t do this throughout the city? Would be terrific!

  • I hate to say it…but I’m kinda excited about this as well. Double parking “drives me” over the edge.

  • What happens if a car is double parked on the track? Will street car service need to be suspended until they can get a tow truck to come and take the car?

  • Trying to enforce after the idiocy of running a streetcar down the sides of the road rather than the middle. Great planning!

    • This is common practice all over the world – and after a few weeks of growing pains (during testing) we’ll all learn to park properly and not double park.

  • There are positives and negatives for both middle and side running light rails systems.

    You can have the surety of a train running in a dedicated lane (median or otherwise) but you lose a parking or travel lane and also have to accommodate pedestrians crossing to the median to access the stations.

    You can have the benefit of using the existing right of way and have the train running in mixed traffic but it loses efficiency because of parked cars, slow moving vehicles, etc but it’s easier for pedestrians and also retains parking options.

    The reality is that there was no easy fix and neither solution was going to be perfect.

  • random question: what are there so many double parked cars at 9th and u ?

    • North African taxi and livery drivers all go there to eat and buy ethnic groceries. There are a number of Ethiopian and north African restaurants and bodegas on that block.

    • I should also add that the MPD won’t do ANYTHING about the double parkers who will leave their car in the lane for 30 minutes while they eat a quick meal. It seems like the local business proprietors have political muscle and the cops have been told not to hassle the customers. With the new condo buildings opening, that intersection is going to get a LOT more crowded.

      • brookland_rez

        It wouldn’t be MPD. It would be the parking enforcement which is under DPW.

        • I would imagine MPD would have responsibility to issue tickets for cars blocking traffic in the middle of the lane. It’s a dangerous obstruction. That isn’t a simple parking violation, but more akin to a serious moving violation.

    • “I’m just going into the bank for a second. I’ll be right back!”

  • What is this “streetcar” you speak of?

    • You shut up! It’s gonna happen! Those other deadlines, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2012, Summer 2011, those were just for practice. THIS TIME IT’S FOR REAL. No, for *real* for real.


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