D.C. urged to explore new options in metered parking

By Robert Thomson
Sunday, April 11, 2010

Commenting on the increases in D.C. parking meter fees, this city resident urged the District to get more creative in how it collects the money.

Dear Dr. Gridlock:

I can somehow rationalize what the city is doing. I don't like it, but for the sake of revenue, okay. What bothers me the most is they are not making it easy for the public.

To carry around the number of quarters we need is impossible. Why aren't they looking into the system Montgomery County uses, the CashKey?

I know the District has those ticket boxes [multi-space meters]. For the fast-paced lives we live, they are just plain impractical. There have been two occasions when I forgot to go back to my car to unlock it to put the white receipt in the window. This system is unfair because the city is setting citizens up to fail.

-- Laura McCaffey,

Chevy Chase, D.C.

When the District raised the fees to $2 an hour at most meters, city officials knew they were in for some backlash. Drivers didn't like paying more, but what really annoyed many was lugging around all those quarters.

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