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Pay-by-Space Marker

ParkDC is an initiative of the District Department of Transportation to manage and regulate the District’s curbside and parking assets.

Introducing Pay-By-Space Parking
Now in Penn Quarter and Chinatown

Approximately 1,000 on-street parking spaces in the Penn Quarter and Chinatown area are now clearly numbered, with new payment kiosks and no need to display receipts on dashboards.

Here's How To Park and Pay:

  • Park in a numbered space defined by the new space marker posts.
  • Get your 4- or 5-digit space number from the space marker.
  • Pay for your parking time by entering the space number at the curbside payment kiosk or entering the zone and space numbers on your mobile device using Parkmobile.
  • Be on your way! No need to display a receipt on your dashboard.

Pay-By-Space Parking Launch Zone Map

The blue-colored zones will be done first in week one, and the yellow-colored zones will follow during week two. 

 Pay-By-Space is available on streets around the Verizon Center, National Portrait Gallery, National Building Museum, MLK, Jr. Library and Ford's Theater, between E St and H St NW and 3rd St and 11th St NW. It includes approximately 1,000 parking spaces.

Frequently Asked Questions

Performance-based pricing coming soon – stay tuned for details.

For more information or if you have questions, call (202) 671-2700 or 311. 



Multimodal Value Pricing Pilot for Metered Curbside Parking -- Chinatown/Penn Quarter


To manage and regulate the District’s curbside and parking assets.

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