Getting to Nationals Park - Parking and Transit

(I couldn't resist this photo, but it's just gentle ironic fun, not an editorial statement.)
There are 1,325 parking spaces built on the site of the Nationals ballpark, along with numerous nearby parking lots. But the Nationals and city planners consider Metro to be the best and most acceptable method of getting to the stadium, since the Green Line's Navy Yard station is just one block from the stadium's entrance.

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On-Street Parking Regulations

This is the "Performance Parking" Plan that regulates parking on many streets in Near Southeast, Southwest, and Capitol Hill. DDOT says that the main goals of the plans "are to protect residential parking, benefit small businesses, and change driver behavior by assigning appropriate market rates to public parking spaces." The department also says that "a combination of strict residential protections and well-placed, well-priced meters" will "encourage the use of mass transit, minimize the circling for under-priced parking spaces and resulting congestion, and encourage turnover of spaces where 'squatting' harms local businesses." See DDOT's Ballpark Parking Pilot Rates and Restrictions page for details on restrictions in Southwest, Near Southeast, and Capitol Hill. The curbside parking plan is part of the larger ballpark Transportation and Residential Curbside Management Plan.

Map and Explanations Courtesy DDOT, March 2011

See DDOT's Rates and Zones Breakdown for All Areas Covered in This Map (updated June 2008)

Purple - Enhanced Residential Permit Parking (RPP)
East of South Capitol Street (Capitol Hill, Near Southeast):
Six days a week, from 7 am to 9:30 pm, these streets marked in purple have the following parking restrictions:
· On one side of the block, signs will say "Zone 6 Permit Holders Only; 7AM - 9:30 PM, Monday thru Saturday"
· On the other side of the block, signs will say "Two Hour Parking Only - Zone 6 Permit Holders Exempted; 7AM - 9:30 PM, Monday thru Saturday"
West of South Capitol Street (Southwest):
Seven days a week, from 7 am to midnight, these streets marked in purple have the following parking restrictions:
· On one side of the block, signs will say "Zone 6 Permit Holders Only; 7AM - Midnight, Monday thru Sunday"
· On the other side of the block, signs will say "Two Hour Parking Only - Zone 6 Permit Holders Exempted; 7AM - Midnight, Monday thru Sunday"

Red - Multispace Meters on Commercial / Mixed Use Streets
On all streets shown in the color red, DDOT has installed new multi-space meters or modify the times and prices on traditional existing meters. Multi-space meters will be programmed with rates that vary according by day and length of parking stay. These rates will be aimed at encouraging parking turnover and limiting vehicles squatting on commercial spaces. In Near Southeast (Zone B in DDOT's documentation), regular rates are $1/hr for the first hour and $1.50 for each additional hour, with a three-hour limit on non-stadium-event days. For event days, parking is now allowed at these meters, at rates of $2 for the first hour, $8 for the second hour, $8 for the third hour, and $2 for the fourth hour.See DDOT's Rates and Zones Breakdown for meter rules outside of Near Southeast.
Green - Multispace Meters / No Parking During Stadium Events
Streets shown in green on the map are also designated to be metered streets, but will have no parking during events at the Nationals Ballpark. Parking lanes on Green Streets will be required to serve traffic needs.
Gold - Multispace Meters on Transitional Streets
Residential streets that border commercial (or other destination) areas often bear the brunt of parking pressures. In these "buffer" or "transitional" zones, charging a fee to out-of-zone drivers helps to reduce demand in these areas; and allowing Zone 6 permit holders to park preserves standard RPP privileges. There are only a couple of locations proposed at this time, but DDOT expects to test this technique more in the future. (See information on rates in Gold Zone by Garfield Park.)

Visitor Passes
Enhanced RPP will make it much harder for out of zone drivers to park in the Ballpark District. In order to accommodate guests of residents, DDOT will send one Visitor Pass to each household on the streets that receive Enhanced RPP regulations. These passes will be valid at all times of day, but will be limited by specific terms of use.

In order to minimize fraud, the Visitor Passes will feature a holographic laminate that cannot be easily duplicated. In order to minimize misuse, DDOT is recommending penalties for misuse such as monetary fines and loss of visitor pass privileges. Residents should expect to receive a mailing packet containing the Visitor Pass and detailed information about the program during the last two weeks of March.


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