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(CBS DC)   Washington, D.C. meter maids issued 2 million parking tickets last year in and around the vicinity of the Capitol, however none to Congressmen since they aren't there long enough to let the meters expire   (washington.cbslocal.com) divider line 23
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2013-03-13 11:47:45 AM
 there's 17,000 parking spaces in the District but some 200,000 people come into the city on average each day.

If only there were some sort of public transport system in the DC metro area that people could use instead.
 
2013-03-13 11:53:38 AM

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: there's 17,000 parking spaces in the District but some 200,000 people come into the city on average each day.

If only there were some sort of public transport system in the DC metro area that people could use instead.


The problem with DC's Metro system is that the MTA has to fight with 3 different state regulators (in this
sense, DC is a state) and at least 4 (soon to be 5 maybe) local jurisdictions, all of which have competing
interests.  That means they are chronically short of cash and usually don't have the necessary funds to
even manage basic infrastructure maintenance, even if their management weren't grossly incompetant,
if not actively corrupt.

That, and because Metro doesn't run 24/7 (like it should in a real city), people who work odder hours
(like I used to) are SOL, and our cars are our only alternative.
 
2013-03-13 12:29:52 PM
Under a provision in D.C. law, Members of Congress, along with the city's own councilmembers, are exempt from parking tickets when on "official business."
While the exemption allows Members to park in any "available curb space," lawmakers must still obey restrictions for rush hour parking, loading zones and fire hydrants. The exemption also does not protect Members from receiving tickets for speeding or running red lights.
To qualify for the parking exemption, Members must use vehicles with license plates issued by the state that they represent, and not the House- or Senate-issued parking permits.

The section of D.C. law they are referring to is, I think, (IANAL), DC Code section § 50-2201.03 (c), which says: (c) Members of Congress or the Council may park their vehicles in any available curb space in the District of Columbia, when:

(1) The vehicle is used by the member of Congress or the Council on official business;

(2) The vehicle is displaying a Congressional or Council registration tag issued by the jurisdiction represented by the member; and

(3) The vehicle is not parked in violation of a loading zone, rush hour, firehouse, or fire plug limitation.

The full DC Code, if you're having trouble with insomnia, can be found here. (http://government.westlaw.com/linkedslice/default.asp?RS=GVT1.0&VR=2 .0 &SP=DCC-1000&Action=Welcome)
 
2013-03-13 12:36:15 PM
How lovely, Rita.
 
2013-03-13 12:49:40 PM
District government right now is working on plans like Sustainable D.C. that would reduce the number of parking spaces around town and restrict who can access them, which likely will lead to an increase in revenue for the city and frustration for drivers.

Isn't that the opposite of what government should be doing?
 
2013-03-13 01:45:57 PM
Good one, subby.
 
2013-03-13 01:54:02 PM

DjangoStonereaver: The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: there's 17,000 parking spaces in the District but some 200,000 people come into the city on average each day.

If only there were some sort of public transport system in the DC metro area that people could use instead.

The problem with DC's Metro system is that the MTA has to fight with 3 different state regulators (in this
sense, DC is a state) and at least 4 (soon to be 5 maybe) local jurisdictions, all of which have competing
interests.  That means they are chronically short of cash and usually don't have the necessary funds to
even manage basic infrastructure maintenance, even if their management weren't grossly incompetant,
if not actively corrupt.

That, and because Metro doesn't run 24/7 (like it should in a real city), people who work odder hours
(like I used to) are SOL, and our cars are our only alternative.


I take metro every day.  Clean, efficient, and if not perfect, it does the job.  It's PERFECT for visitors, especially those who come to see the mall.  The only problem is... well... visitors are generally fat lazy Americans who can't walk more than a couple of steps without getting winded.  To them I say thank you for your contribution to my cities coffers.  Try not jaywalking like an idiot because people actually live in this museum you are gawking at.
 
2013-03-13 01:59:15 PM

plewis: DjangoStonereaver: The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: there's 17,000 parking spaces in the District but some 200,000 people come into the city on average each day.

If only there were some sort of public transport system in the DC metro area that people could use instead.

The problem with DC's Metro system is that the MTA has to fight with 3 different state regulators (in this
sense, DC is a state) and at least 4 (soon to be 5 maybe) local jurisdictions, all of which have competing
interests.  That means they are chronically short of cash and usually don't have the necessary funds to
even manage basic infrastructure maintenance, even if their management weren't grossly incompetant,
if not actively corrupt.

That, and because Metro doesn't run 24/7 (like it should in a real city), people who work odder hours
(like I used to) are SOL, and our cars are our only alternative.

I take metro every day.  Clean, efficient, and if not perfect, it does the job.  It's PERFECT for visitors, especially those who come to see the mall.  The only problem is... well... visitors are generally fat lazy Americans who can't walk more than a couple of steps without getting winded and insist on standing on the left side of the

escalator  .  To them I say thank you for your contribution to my cities coffers.  Try not jaywalking like an idiot because people actually live in this museum you are gawking at.

You forgot something.
 
2013-03-13 02:05:46 PM
I threw a crapload of those away. Course, I wasn't driving a car I owned. I'm too important to pay for 'parking tickets'.
 
2013-03-13 02:54:39 PM
Where I park in DC, they have kiosks that print out a ticket with your expiry time on it.  You put the ticket on your dashboard, and the meter maids check to see if it's still valid when they swing by.

Whenever I have a ticket with a lot of time left on it, I sticky-tape it to the kiosk with a note saying "Use this if it's still valid!"  The meter maids swipe 'em if they see them, but I figure I've saved a few people a few bucks.
 
2013-03-13 03:19:52 PM

tillerman35: Whenever I have a ticket with a lot of time left on it, I sticky-tape it to the kiosk with a note saying "Use this if it's still valid!"


Some of the parking lots around here have solved that problem by making you enter your license plate number when you buy the ticket.
 
2013-03-13 03:35:40 PM
Is lunch considered "Official Business"?

How about a case of diarrhea?
 
2013-03-13 05:13:58 PM

skrame: District government right now is working on plans like Sustainable D.C. that would reduce the number of parking spaces around town and restrict who can access them, which likely will lead to an increase in revenue for the city and frustration for drivers.

Isn't that the opposite of what government should be doing?


You obviously haven't dealt with government very much. Only a government would decide that the solution to a city with 10x more cars than parking spaces would be to reduce the number of parking spaces.
 
2013-03-13 05:20:09 PM
DjangoStonereaver:
The problem with DC's Metro system is that the MTA has to fight with 3 different state regulators (in this
sense, DC is a state) and at least 4 (soon to be 5 maybe) local jurisdictions, all of which have competing
interests.  That means they are chronically short of cash and usually don't have the necessary funds to
even manage basic infrastructure maintenance, even if their management weren't grossly incompetant,
if not actively corrupt.

That, and because Metro doesn't run 24/7 (like it should in a real city), people who work odder hours
(like I used to) are SOL, and our cars are our only alternative.


Metro can be annoying, I get that. But it's pretty damn good in relation to most mass transport systems around the country. Which is open 24/7? I've never seen that, but I haven't ridden the train in NY and I suspect that's the one you're referring to. Try living in Atlanta and riding MARTA for a while... you'll realize how good we have it in DC.
 
2013-03-13 05:42:10 PM

dukeblue219: DjangoStonereaver:
The problem with DC's Metro system is that the MTA has to fight with 3 different state regulators (in this
sense, DC is a state) and at least 4 (soon to be 5 maybe) local jurisdictions, all of which have competing
interests.  That means they are chronically short of cash and usually don't have the necessary funds to
even manage basic infrastructure maintenance, even if their management weren't grossly incompetant,
if not actively corrupt.

That, and because Metro doesn't run 24/7 (like it should in a real city), people who work odder hours
(like I used to) are SOL, and our cars are our only alternative.

Metro can be annoying, I get that. But it's pretty damn good in relation to most mass transport systems around the country. Which is open 24/7? I've never seen that, but I haven't ridden the train in NY and I suspect that's the one you're referring to. Try living in Atlanta and riding MARTA for a while... you'll realize how good we have it in DC.


My model for mass transit is NYC (I grew up in NJ), so perhaps my bar is a little high.

And I will say that, when the stations have working 4 story escalators, the tracks aren't spontaneously breaking because
bolts rusted out, trains aren't breaking down due to not having basic maintenance in months or inattentive operators aren't rearending the trains ahead of them on the track, DC's Metro is very good.
 
2013-03-13 06:05:48 PM
Just remember to avoid driving around DC on a Friday or Saturday night. A lot of congresscritters and their kin have "official business" to attend to around the Georgetown bars.
 
2013-03-13 06:31:53 PM

oren0: skrame: District government right now is working on plans like Sustainable D.C. that would reduce the number of parking spaces around town and restrict who can access them, which likely will lead to an increase in revenue for the city and frustration for drivers.

Isn't that the opposite of what government should be doing?

You obviously haven't dealt with government very much. Only a government would decide that the solution to a city with 10x more cars than parking spaces would be to reduce the number of parking spaces.


Actually, this sounds like a free market solution.
 
2013-03-13 07:11:32 PM

wildsnowllama: Actually, this sounds like a free market solution.


Umm, no it doesn't. It sounds like a government solution. A free market solution would be to build parking garages and charge a premium for a guaranteed space.
 
2013-03-13 09:36:12 PM

ajgeek: wildsnowllama: Actually, this sounds like a free market solution.

Umm, no it doesn't. It sounds like a government solution. A free market solution would be to build parking garages and charge a premium for a guaranteed space.


+1. The parking spaces already exist, the proposal is effectively to destroy valuable goods. Since when does the free market intentionally destroy items of value rather than selling them?
 
2013-03-13 09:43:21 PM
I metro in as much as possible.  Now with the metro coming towards Dulles, I will use it more and more.

Fun Fact:
My wife works less than an 1/8th of a mile from the Wiehle Metro stop, and I work at the Reston Town Center.  So quick access to the metro stops is totally rad.

I avoid driving into DC as much as I can.
 
zez
2013-03-13 11:35:22 PM

DjangoStonereaver: That, and because Metro doesn't run 24/7 (like it should in a real city), people who work odder hours
(like I used to) are SOL, and our cars are our only alternative.


Yeah, in St. Louis, I could take the Metrolink train to the game but couldn't hang out after since it usually shuts down around 1.

The bars shut down at 3.
 
2013-03-14 01:51:02 AM

Ivo Shandor: tillerman35: Whenever I have a ticket with a lot of time left on it, I sticky-tape it to the kiosk with a note saying "Use this if it's still valid!"

Some of the parking lots around here have solved that problem by making you enter your license plate number when you buy the ticket.


Lord knows that the government is being cheated by not getting to double charge for paid parking time. Like when we have threads about meter maids getting pissed about "parking angels" who put coins in meters that are running down.
 
2013-03-14 09:14:34 AM

zez: DjangoStonereaver: That, and because Metro doesn't run 24/7 (like it should in a real city), people who work odder hours
(like I used to) are SOL, and our cars are our only alternative.

Yeah, in St. Louis, I could take the Metrolink train to the game but couldn't hang out after since it usually shuts down around 1.

The bars shut down at 3.


Two words:  Cab Union
 
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