Parking Rates Changing in Chinatown and Penn Quarter

Drivers parking in the Chinatown and Penn Quarter neighborhoods will see the price of parking fluctuating. 

Starting Monday, the area is part of a pilot project studying demand-based pricing. Parking meter rates for blocks with high demand will increase while rates for blocks with low demand will decrease. 

Depending on where a person parks and when, the price of parking will either stay the same at $2.30 per hour, decrease to $2 per hour or increase to $2.75 per hour. Like the cost of riding on Metro, rates during peak demand periods will be higher than off-peak periods. 

The study area includes on-street parking spaces bounded by H Street NW, 3rd Street NW, E Street NW and 11th Street NW. Details of the plan are available at

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