The District is about to launch an adjustable rate parking system along H Street NE, the emerging shopping and entertainment corridor north of Capitol Hill and east of Union Station.

The Performance Based Parking program will be similar to the one that the District Department of Transportation introduced to handle parking around Nationals Park in 2008, and later in Columbia Heights.

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The curbside parking rates and times are adjustable to match periods of peak demand. The goal isn’t so much to raise revenue — though that always helps — as to manage the demand for parking and encourage turnover in the spaces. Meanwhile, on the nearby neighborhood streets, parking restrictions are adjusted and enforcement stepped up to preserve residential use.

In the H Street corridor between Third and 15th streets NE, the District wants to improve the availability of parking for customers in the business and entertainment zone while limiting the spillover of those vehicles into the adjacent residential streets.

On Thursday night, D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and the District Department of Transportation are scheduled to host a public meeting to discuss the plan.

The meeting, beginning at 6:30 and ending at 8 p.m., will be held in the Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St. NE. Union Station on the Red Line is the nearest Metrorail stop. The nearby Metrobus lines are X2, X3, X6, X8, 90, 92 and 93.

After the meeting, DDOT says, there will be a 30-day period for review and public comment before the plan is implemented in March.

The District is launching another parking program in March. This one is for disabled people whose vehicles display valid parking placards or license plates. Look for a new style of meter with a red top.

In the H Street corridor, parking is not the only transportation issue. This also will be the path for a streetcar line, scheduled to open in 2013.