In 2012, over the course of five months, DDOT hosted eight meetings called Think Tanks across the District to listen to and solicit input from residents, business oweners and other interested participants on how to better manage parking. Based on these conversations, in February 2013, DDOT released the 2013 Parking Action Agenda. This agenda identified seven key priorities in parking management for DDOT to focus upon and restructure its efforts.
The most discussed issue and what became the priority was to reevaluate the Residential Permit Parking (RPP) program and to ensure it is reflective of the needs of the District in the 21st Century. To this end, DDOT launched a project to identify national best practices and define opportunities to make specific changes to the RPP program and curbside management in general. DDOT anticipates that this project will result in recommendations that can form the basis for further discussions with residents, the Council of the District of Columbia and other stakeholders.
Curbside Management Study
The DDOT Curbside Management Study provides a framework to guide future parking reform efforts. This 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.