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DDOT Announces City-Wide Pay By Phone Parking Program

DDOT Announces City-Wide Pay By Phone Parking Program

This story comes to us from John Lisle:

(Washington, DC) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Parkmobile today announced a program that will allow residents, workers and visitors to use their mobile phones to pay for parking at all of the approximately 17,000 on-street metered spaces throughout the District of Columbia.

 

“We piloted pay by phone parking in select business districts, with great results, and now we’re ready to offer this service citywide,” said DDOT Interim Director Terry Bellamy. “It provides another, convenient payment option for drivers. Instead of paying with cash or a credit card, all it takes is a couple clicks with the mobile app or a short phone call and you’re on your way.”

 

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: A New Concept in Car Sharing

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: A New Concept in Car Sharing

Here at goDCgo, we love the freedom that Zipcar and Connect by Hertz offer District residents who choose to live car-free. Now, new companies are putting an interesting spin on the car sharing concept with what’s being called “neighbor to neighbor” or “peer to peer” car sharing. The idea is to allow individual car owners to rent out their vehicles when they are not using them to non-car owners. The arrangement benefits both owner and renter: the owner is able to offset the cost of car ownership and maintenance—potentially earning up to $7,400 a year depending on the type of car and number of rental hours; and the renter may find lower rates and more convenient locations of vehicles. And as an added bonus, every shared car replaces approximately 14 cars on the road, leading to less road congestion and pollution.

Weekend Lane Closure Planned for New York Avenue, NE at 9th Street Bridge April 1 - 4

This advisory comes to us from John Lisle:

(Washington, D.C.) Construction related to the 9th Street Bridge Project will require the closure of the right inbound lane on New York Avenue, NE under the 9th Street Bridge this weekend, weather permitting. Beginning tomorrow at 9:30 am, after the morning rush hour, the far right lane of inbound New York Avenue will close to allow a new concrete pavement base to be poured and cured in the area. This lane will reopen Monday, April 4 by 6 am in advance of the morning rush hour.

 

DC Circulator Service Changes Take Effect Today

This story comes to us from John Lisle:

(Washington, D.C.) On April 1, 2011, the DC Circulator will implement service changes affecting the Smithsonian-National Gallery of Art route, the Union Station-Navy Yard route, and the Convention Center-SW Waterfront route. Public notice of these changes was made on March 2 and a public meeting was held to discuss them on March 17. Details of the changes are as follows:

 

Mayor Gray Signs Order Allowing Taxicab Fuel Surcharge

This story comes to us from Linda Wharton Boyd:

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray has signed an executive order authorizing a $1.00 fuel surcharge for all taxicab rides within the District of Columbia.

The charge will take effect Monday, March 28. The action follows a recommendation from the Taxicab Commission to offset the impact of the steady rise in fuel prices in the metropolitan area on taxicab operators.

 

Capital Bikeshare Launches New 5-Day Membership

Capital Bikeshare Launches New 5-Day Membership

From DDOT:

(Washington, D.C.) In anticipation of the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected at this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, and with tourist season right around the corner, Capital Bikeshare has introduced a new 5-day membership option. The new 5-day membership, priced at $15, is geared specifically towards visitors to the nation’s capital and offers significant savings over the purchase of five individual day memberships priced at $5 a day. The membership is available for purchase at all Capital Bikeshare stations. Even before the festival kicks off, Capital Bikeshare has reached an exciting milestone: Tuesday night a member logged the 250,000th Bikeshare trip, just six months after the program’s launch in September 2010.

Cherry Blossom Traffic Pattern

This community notice comes to us from the U.S. Park Police: