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Elaborating further:

The system seems to be solely designed as a mechanism for cranky residents to keep visitors out of their neighborhoods.

I genuinely cannot come up with a good rational basis for the RPP program. What is it actually supposed to accomplish?

If it's designed to reduce driving or raise revenue, the current system fails miserably at both of these, for reasons that have already been very clearly established. The prices are too low to do that.

If it's designed to guarantee parking to residents when they come home from work, it doesn't really do that either. Has the scarcity of daytime parking ever actually been an issue? I can sympathize with the residents of areas with active nighttime uses such as Dupont and Logan, because there's very little parking available around from 5-9PM, thanks to the 2-hour grace period.

What is the rationale for restricting parking on Saturday, but not Sunday? ('Churches,' is not a good answer, as it violates the Establishment Clause.)

Why does the system so strongly discourage non-residential parking? Visitor passes are stupidly difficult to obtain, and there's no good way for visitors to simply pay a fee to get a temporary RPP pass.

Why are residents allowed to determine this policy with no evidence of need or input from planners?

by andrew on Dec 10, 2012 10:50 am • linkreport

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