The District was an early proponent of carsharing as an innovative way to help reduce traffic congestion and competition for parking spaces. In an effort to make carsharing even easier, the District Department of Transportation is offering a new program where carshare companies can purchase a permit that will allow members more flexibility when it comes to parking their carshare vehicle.
Zipcar has obtained these permits for their entire DC fleet. Starting today, Zipcar members will now be able to park in Residential Parking Permit (RPP) zones while they are using Zipcar vehicles, which are all registered in the District of Columbia and carry DC license plates. In the past, Zipcar members have been unable to temporarily park near their home if they live on an RPP street.
An additional benefit to the program is that members will not have to pay at parking meters. Approximately 40 percent of parking transactions in the District are now made by phone – a process that is not convenient for individuals using a carshare vehicle.
All Zipcar vehicles, more than 825 of them, will still have home parking spaces to which they must be returned at the end of a member’s reservation. This includes 40 on-street parking spaces identified with orange carsharing poles.