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Tonight ANC 6D held a community meeting to get a status report on the ballpark Traffic Operations and Parking Plan. The session was facilitated by councilmember Wells, and also included representatives of DDOT and the Nationals. (DPW was not present, much to the consternation of many attendees, since they are the ones responsible for ticket-writing and towing.)
The session started off with an update on the (few) changes to parking and traffic flow in the new season. Some are already well known, such as the two new Nats economy lots replacing the RFK shuttle service; otherwise, there have been some slight modifications to signal timing at South Capitol and Potomac and to pedestrian flow on M at First and South Capitol. Plus, DDOT says they have corrected the lack of signs/meters in the Half/Van/L area.
Gregory McCarthy of the Nats said that there are about 125 more cars parking in each of the two economy lots this season, and that the Nats are happy that neither lot is particularly accessible through any residential neighborhoods. He also mentioned that only 30 percent of fans drive to the games, with the rest taking transit or arriving other ways, such as by foot/bike/water taxi/parachute/personal jetpack/teleportation. (I'm paraphrasing.)
McCarthy did acknowledge that, while traffic flow generally works well when game attendance is under 25,000, there is "significant congestion" when there's more tickets sold, and specifically mentioned First and M as a chokepoint where cars need to be moved faster through their right turn to the various parking lots. He also said that the team needs to do a better job getting the taxi stand working, to get taxis to actually line up there for customers and to get them to use it as a drop-off point. (What? You didn't know there's a taxi stand? Why, yes, there is, on Half Street next to 20 M.)
The rest of the meeting was taken up with questions and complaints from the audience, all of which related to issues in the residential neighborhoods of Southwest. (There wasn't a single resident of Southeast in attendance, unless you count ANC 6D07 commissioner Bob Siegel. And Tommy. And me.) There were complaints about stadium workers parking just to the west of South Capitol Street and using Ward 6 visitor parking permits to do so, and about what the residents see as a distinct lack of ticketing and towing, which is why people were very unhappy that DPW was not at the meeting, despite having been invited. Tommy promised to help get some action, saying that enforcement should be very heavy at the beginning of the season, to send a message. (He also noted that, yes, this meeting should have been held *before* Opening Day.)
If you have any issues with gameday parking that you think need to be addressed, you can contact Tommy's office through his web site--if you can assemble any sort of illustrative materials that might be helpful (photos, tag numbers of offending vehicles, etc.), Tommy said that would be appreciated.
UPDATE: For more specifics on the SW concerns, see SWill's blog.
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MJM says: (4/28/10 10:20 AM)
DDOT hasn't quite fixed the meter issue on Cushing St. The meters have conflicting stickers on when you must pay: M-F on the street side, M-Sa on the sidewalk side which matches the street signs (M-Sa).


JD says: (4/28/10 10:22 AM)
Send it to Tommy.


MJM says: (4/28/10 10:25 AM)
I was just posting :) something I've noticed over the weeks. Could point out a whole bunch of other signs that contradict each other all around 1st/Lst/Half.

I'll let someone get a ticket and then fight it. :)


MP says: (4/28/10 12:07 PM)
"I'll let someone get a ticket and then fight it. :) "

Good luck with that, I got a ticket in DC for parking in an area with the following 3 signs:

- No Double Parking
- No Parking M-F between (I dont remember the exact time)
- A no parking sign that was right above the no Parking between sign.

I parked there on a Sunday and got a ticket. I fought it arguing that 2 of the 3 signs indicate that parking is OK on Sundays (why would one need no double parking and no parking between signs if you can never park there). I also argued (and I truly believed this) that since the No Parking sign was right above the No Parking Between sign that it was a case of DDOT using two signs together as one. I asked that at the least, DDOT remove the two additional signs and just leave the No Parking sign as there were about 6 other cars that got tickets as well, but I still got the ticket and to my knowledge the signs are still there :-(


JD says: (4/28/10 12:57 PM)
OT, but it's my blog and I can do what I want. :-)

As I've mentioned, I'm working toward requiring user accounts before people can comment in the blog threads (mainly to prevent people from switching screen names willy nilly when they want to post something bitchy [what, you people think I don't still know who you are when you do this?]).

I'm wondering if I could get some folks to test out the registration form I've built:

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If a few folks could take a second to test this, and let me know of any problems, I'd appreciate it muchly.

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(When registration comes, you'll get to stop having to fill in the captcha box, and I'm also going to add in the ability to receive comment replies for threads by e-mail.)

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JD says: (4/28/10 1:47 PM)
(I should add that testing this out won't activate the logged-in requirement for you to post comments; I'm just testing the registration code at this point)


jg says: (4/28/10 1:59 PM)
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