(Washington DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today released a comprehensive Curbside Management Study that provides a framework to guide future parking reform efforts. The study outlines existing parking programs, curbside usage data, and best practices from other jurisdictions. The Curbside Management Study expands on DDOT’s “2012 Parking Think Tanks,” and features additional research and data on availability and competing demands for parking, as well as user preferences for parking access to neighborhoods, businesses and amenities.
“In the District, as elsewhere, parking is a valuable resource that supports commercial activities and residential neighborhoods,” said Acting Director Matthew T. Brown. “However, with so many competing demands, parking is also a very limited resource. This study provides an outline for discussion with all stakeholders on how DDOT will provide that access, while simultaneously managing these competing demands.”
The study recommends concrete actions that continue to merge parking data collection and data management into overall programs, including metered, residential, and commercial parking. Rather than proscribing a single, one-size-fits-all approach to managing parking in the District, the study recommends four broad approaches that have implications for neighborhood-scale and District-wide parking programs.
In order to address these changing needs for parking management, DDOT is building a data-driven parking program. To facilitate this, Director Brown announced that DDOT will expand and realign its staffing to better unite the critical elements of parking policy development, program planning and operation, community engagement, and program evaluation.
“As the needs for parking in the District continue to grow and to evolve, we need to build a progressive, data-driven program that is constituent focused,” added Director Brown.
Staffing in DDOT’s Policy, Planning and Sustainability Administration will increase to enable the agency to further engage with stakeholders around neighborhood-scale parking issues, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of various programs. A Parking Planner position is currently posted on the DC Human Resources page.