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Dear PoPville – Does Your Neighborhood Have Visitor Parking Passes?

by Prince Of Petworth July 27, 2012 at 11:30 am 80 Comments

Dear PoPville,

Last evening I was astonished, and quite frankly, pissed off to find an envelope from DC-DOT containing a letter and visitor parking pass (VPP) for ANC-1C (Adams Morgan).

Having been a resident of Adams Morgan for coming on 10 years, this has got to be the worst action to effect our Ward 1 specifically those who resided in Adams Morgan. As if parking for us wasn’t already a problem!!!! Now we have to compete for parking spaces from everyone’s “visitors” for an unspecified amount of time?!?!?! I was excited by the potential to have a side of the street saved for residents but it looks like this potential future option (if ANC-1C votes approvingly), still allows for these VPP users to park there.

This system is going to be uncontrollable, unenforceable, and allow a fraudulent underground business to occur (selling passes, renting passes), etc.

I wanted to see what other PoPville readers have thought of these programs throughout the city? Has your community, Ward, or ANC suffered due to this? Does your community have a huge bar/social scene that draws an exorbitant number of “visitors”?

From DDOT:

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is continuing the annual Visitor Parking Pass (VPP) program in Wards 1, 3, 4, 5 and portions of 6. The goal of the VPP program is to make it easier for residents to host their guests. A Visitor Parking Pass is mailed to each residence in the proscribed Wards which eliminates the inconvenience of having to obtain a new temporary visitor parking permit each time a visitor is expected.

During the month of July DDOT will provide 2012/2013 visitor passes to residents in the following areas:

Ward 1: Residents in ANCs 1A, 1B and 1C and residents on RPP blocks in ANC 1D
Ward 3: Residents on RPP blocks
Ward 4: Residents on RPP blocks
Ward 5: Residents on RPP blocks
Ward 6: Residents on RPP blocks in the Ballpark Area bounded by
North: Pennsylvania Avenue SE
East: 11th Street SE
South: Potomac Avenue SW
West: 9th Street SW

If you live in any of these areas you will receive an annual visitor’s pass that will allow your guests to park on RPP blocks in your community; this includes sides of streets with Resident Only RPP protection. These passes are only valid during the hours of RPP enforcement and they do preclude a resident from Registration of Out of State Automobiles (ROSA) tickets if they live in the District of Columbia and do not register their vehicle with the District DMV within 30 days of moving to the city.

Goals

To provide District residents with parking passes for their guests.

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