Muriel Bowser got quite angry at Tommy Wells yesterday over the proposal to make residential parking permit (RPP) fees higher for a household’s second and third cars and beyond. She claimed Ward 4 would pay a disproportionate amount, but has not gotten its share of transit expansion. However, the numbers don’t bear out her claims.
Under Wells’s proposal, approved by the entire Committee on Public Works and Transportation, Ward 4 comes out in the bottom half of wards in terms of how much they would pay, as would Ward 5, whose council member, Harry Thomas Jr. also called the $25 to $100 per year charges “exorbitant.”
But the real winners in this proposal are Wards 7 and 8. Wells is proposing a revenue measure hugely favorable to residents east of the Anacostia, at a time when Circulator service in his ward is being cut and service added to Ward 8.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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