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My suggestions on RPP and visitor passes:

1. Have a progressive fee structure for RPP to create some disincentive for households to have multiple vehicles (and park them on the street). Initial RPP passes should be reasonably affordable.

2. The concept of purchased parking pass books is worth exploring. However, at a minimum, the current free visitor pass program should be changed. First, it should not be free -- why should't it cost as much as RPP? If there is at least some ordering and cost involved, it will reduce misuse. Further, have the holders address printed on the pass. While I'm not sure about instituting a radius parking requirement, by printing the holders address on the pass it should cut down on scamming (those who give it to a co-worker to part by Metro or a private school student to park by a school).

3. Relate waivers on offstreet parking minimums to no RPP. This is Arlington's approach and should be DC's. If a development is going to get relief from off-street parking requirements because it is "transit oriented," then let's make sure it truly is transit oriented and make it ineligible for RPP. Otherwise, private costs are just shoved onto the public space, as more and more vehicles compete for for already oversubscribed street parking.

by Bob on Dec 5, 2012 1:19 pm • linkreport

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