The Multimodal Value Pricing Pilot is using the Penn Quarter/Chinatown area as a laboratory to test state-of-the-art strategies to make it easier to find a parking space.
The project will accomplish this by doing the following:
- Provide real-time parking-availability information so customers spend less time searching, and
- Change parking pricing (both raising and lowering prices) so more spaces are available.
In addition, the pilot allowed DDOT to test a more cost-effective, “asset-lite” approach to collecting parking data.
The pilot was largely successful at achieving its goals. After four years and five price changes:
- Parking availability increased on high-demand blocks and underutilized spaces found more takers.
- Better information from DDOT helped drivers to understand when and where they could park, and where parking was available.
- Circling for parking decreased as finding parking became easier and congestion decreased.
- Applying pricing to loading zones began to address issues with double parking and illegal use of loading zones.
- The program did not negatively affect local businesses.
- The pilot area still has high usage of non-driving modes.
With the results in, DDOT is looking ahead to the next steps, including continuing the pricing program in Penn Quarter/Chinatown, expanding to other neighborhoods, and testing new technologies that can help make the program even more sustainable.
For the latest rate schedule in Penn Quarter/Chinatown, see Parking in Penn Quarter/Chinatown.
The final report from the parkDC: Penn Quarter/Chinatown pilot is available as a single download or individual chapters:
- Entire report
- Executive Summary
- 1 - Overview
- 2 – Planning and Policy Framework
- 3 – How DDOT Did It
- 4 – Stakeholder Experience
- 5 – Pilot Impacts
- 6 – Conclusion, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps
Supporting materials are in the Data Book, available upon request.
A pilot that will move toward improving the parking experience around the Chinatown/Penn Quarter area.
Program at a Glance
Program Title: Multimodal Value Pricing Pilot for Metered Curbside Parking -- Penn Quarter/Chinatown
Agency: District Department of Transportation
Office: Traffic Operations Administration
Type: Planning and Strategy