Demand-based pricing for parking in Chinatown and Penn Quarter neighborhoods begins

- Drivers in the Chinatown and Penn Quarter neighborhoods will now begin to see the price of parking fluctuating.

The area is part of a pilot project, which began on Monday. and will study demand-based pricing. Parking meter rates for blocks with high demand will increase while rates for blocks with low demand will decrease.

Depending on where a person parks and when, the price of parking will either stay the same at $2.30 per hour, decrease to $2 per hour or increase to $2.75 per hour. Like the cost of riding on Metro, rates during peak demand periods will be higher than off-peak periods.

The study area includes on-street parking spaces bounded by H Street NW, 3rd Street NW, E Street NW and 11th Street NW.

Blue: No price change ($2.30/hour); Green: Price decrease ($2.00/hour); Yellow: Price increase ($2.75/hour)

Details of the plan are available at:

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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