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Posted at 7:10 PM ET, 11/23/2010

D.C. mayor: Raise Metro parking fees

By Luke Rosiak

The cuts and changes included in a budget proposed by outgoing Mayor Adrian Fenty to reduce the District's financial woes would increase parking fees at Metro stations in the District by $1 so it can decrease the amount of the subsidy it sets aside for the transit system.

From the proposed budget:

"The proposed FY 2011 gap-closing budget reduces the DDOT funded WMATA Subsidy local fund by $565,000. DDOT proposed gap closing will be partially achieved through a $1 increase in parking fees at Metro-operated lots located in the District of Columbia. Additional savings will also be achieved through a nominal reduction of service during late night weekends on the Woodley Park-McPherson Square DC Circulator loop. These measures were identified to maintain the current level of service while helping to balance the FY 2011 budget."

Metro's budget itself is perpetually distressed, in large part because the federal government, the District, Northern Virginia, Annapolis and Richmond can't agree who should pay what.

The move would represent an attempt to reduce the amount of dedicated funding allocated by the District by passing off expenses to riders.

Since the lots are operated by Metro and Metro has not approved any change in parking fee, it's not clear how the District would be able to pull off the change.

The savings represent half a million dollars out of a total projected gap of $188 million.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 23, 2010; 7:10 PM ET
Categories:  District, Driving, Metro, Transportation Politics  
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Comments

Since the District cannot impose the increase in parking fees, only metro can do that, wouldn't it have made sense to confer with Metro prior to this announcement for approval???

Now all this is is rhetoric, meaning nothing...time wasted and nothing accomplished really....

Posted by: pentagon40 | November 23, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

What Fenty, Gray et al would REALLY want to do is raise the parking lot rates in Maryland and Virginia as well. And it's just as illegal.

Hey, Vincent, how about reading the rule book before blowing your whistle, moron.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | November 23, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

If the Metro lots are full, the rates aren't high enough.

Raise rates and create more parking spaces.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 24, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

If the parking lots are full, the parking rates are too low.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 24, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

If the lots are full, the rates are too low.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 24, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

getjiggly1 - If you can afford a computer and have time to type three posts, you are overpaid and underworked.

Posted by: CalmTruth | November 24, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm using your mom's.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 24, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm using your mom's.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 24, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm using your mom's.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 24, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I'm using your mom's.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 24, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

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