$3.25 an hour at some down­town me­ters

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER -

Park­ing is set to get more ex­pen­sive, and cheaper, in part of Wash­ing­ton.

Last spring, the D.C. gov­ern­ment raised rates at more than 14,000 park­ing me­ters city­wide to $2.30 per hour.

In Oc­to­ber, the city tweaked the pric­ing at about 1,000 spots around Penn Quar­ter and Chi­na­town as part of an ex­per­i­ment in more nim­ble “de­mand pric­ing.” De­pend­ing on the time of day and lo­ca­tion in those neigh­bor­hoods, some spots dropped to $2 an hour, some stayed at $2.30 and some were in­creased to $2.75.

Now, as part of a quar­terly re­view of those 1,000 spots, the city has re­leased a rate chart adding more (or less) ex­pen­sive cat­e­gories. The top rate in Penn Quar­ter/Chi­na­town, start­ing Mon­day, will be $3.25 an hour. The low end will be $1.50. In three months, the prices will be tweaked again.

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