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DDOT to Expand Pick-up and Drop-off Zones Through Research Pilot

Thursday, August 1, 2019

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DDOT Launches 12-Week Research Pilot to Analyze Pick-up and Drop-off Demand at Nine Locations

(Washington, DC) — Today, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) begins a 12-week research pilot analyzing commercial operator pick-up and drop-off (PUDO) activity, which often leads to double parking and other dangerous behavior, in nine locations across the District. The project is being conducted in partnership with curbFlow, a mobility company.

"This research pilot expands on our efforts to manage the increasing demands at the curbside through our PUDO zones,” said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. “At the end of the 12-week pilot, we expect to have even more data and information that will help us make better decisions to increase efficiency and safety for all users of the curbside. “

The nine locations will convert three to six metered parking spaces into PUDO areas on the following blocks for the duration of the pilot:

  • 1200 block of 1st Street SE
  • 1200 block of H Street NE
  • 400 block of 8th Street SE
  • 1100 block of 4th Street SW
  • 300 block of Tingey Street SE
  • 200 block of 3rd Street SE
  • 700 block of Maine Ave. SW
  • 1400 block of 20th St NW
  • 1000 Block of Wisconsin Ave NW near M Street NW

The zones will be used by both commercial vehicles and private vehicles operating in a commercial manner such as picking up for an online food delivery service or other online delivery platform. curbFlow staff will be at each of the zones to collect data and determine if the app is working as expected. Data will be collected to look at safety, utilization, productivity, and equitable access.

"The curb is an oft-forgotten but critical element of our city landscape," said Ali Vahabzadeh, Founder and CEO at curbFlow. "We're excited to work with DDOT in using data-driven solutions to reduce double parking traffic, help make our streets safer and more sustainable, while making sure merchants get their goods delivered in a timely manner.”

Commercial operators doing business in the District may register at, free of charge.


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