I understand that there is a plan to eliminate a lot of parking along Connecticut Avenue. How will I be able to drive to the businesses I frequent after the new concept is installed?
Of the 609 parking spaces available today at different times of day, about half of them (288, so 47.3%) are in the initial DDOT plan to be retained. Rather than closing commercial district parking during rush hour, DDOT has committed to retaining parking on one side of the street in each commercial district 24/7. This will result in an effective 17.5% increase in weekly availability of parking that results in an effective retention of 55% of total parking. DDOT is actively looking to retain additional parking where possible, but needs community feedback on where the needs are highest. In DDOT's Existing Conditions Report (link), they found that general usage of parking throughout the corridor was less than 50%, outside of the commercial areas.
So, this plan preserves the parking that people use, while freeing up the space taken up by parking that they do not use for other community members.
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