"Performance Parking" Means Hefty Rates At Meters

New proposal meant to encourage drivers to use off-street parking

Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012  |  Updated 2:26 PM EDT
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$8 at a Parking Meter?

NBCWashington.com

You can soon expect to pay more to park in some of D.C.'s most popular hot spots.

DDOT is expanding its "performance parking strategy" that started around Nationals Park.

Near the stadium, meters that are normally $1 an hour jump to $8 an hour on game days.

DDOT hasn't announced how much it will be charging in new performance zones, but the higher rates are meant to encourage drivers to leave their cars in underused parking garages -- which in some cases could be cheaper than meters.

The plan is meant to cut down on the number of drivers who park for hours at a time on the street, preventing residents from finding spots near their homes.
 

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