Washington DC’s demand-based parking aids drivers and eases congestion

The study area included on-street parking spaces bounded by H Street NW, 3rd Street NW, E Street NW and 11th Street NW. The pilot was designed to reduce the time needed to find parking, improve turnover of high-demand parking spaces, provide better parking information to motorists, and reduce congestion by adjusting prices based on observed demand for parking on a block-by-block basis. During the pilot, DDOT applied demand-based pricing principles to on-street parking and commercial loading zones. The pilot also tested more cost-effective methods of collecting and disseminating parking availability data, information on parking availability and rates. The information was made available via two apps, parkDC and VoicePark, to help travelers make more informed decisions when visiting the area.