Parking in the District
It’s insanely expensive, hard to find and most of all, it ruins your good mood. Parking. DC is all too familiar with this maddening daily task. Unless you’ve got a lot of cash to throw around, you’ll be circling for hours trying to find something affordable, not to mention missing that morning meeting. Even when you are lucky enough to find a spot, DC parking enforcement is fierce! According to an article from The Washington Post, not only did DC set a record in 2011 by collecting $92.6 million in parking citations, but the district collects an average of $370,000 in parking fines every working day of the year—and it’s getting worse. Already this year, DC has taken in over $31 million in parking fines and is on track to set another record for 2012. If you find these numbers nauseating, read on.
In addition to fines, the district also receives about $40 million in parking meter revenue from their 17,000 parking meters. These meters are now easier to feed than ever before with the option to pay by credit card, phone, or online. This isn’t a few quarters here or there, it’s your hard-earned money going down the drain.
The hardworking DC population deserves a much needed alternative. Forget driving aimlessly in traffic and throwing your money away; Parking Panda is coming to DC in April. Look for the Panda in the DC wilderness soon and as always….Park Happy!