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As the Georgetown Patch pointed out the other day, unlike their Ward 3 neighbors, Georgetowners don’t get an annual visitors parking pass. If a Georgetowner has a guest coming, they may obtain a temporary parking pass, but the resident must travel to the police station in Cleveland Park with enough paperwork to secure the pass. But this pass is only good for a maximum of two weeks. The police are known to reject a resident who tries to renew the pass.
With a permanent permit like those issued to Ward 3 residents, the resident doesn’t need to go to the police station, the pass is mailed annually. And it can be used over an over again. And it’s this flexibility that’s why Ward 2 leaders have been wary about extending the annual guest pass program to their ward.
The problem boils down primarily to two concerns. The first is that in many (but not all) sections of Georgetown, parking is short. Making it easier for lots of visitors to park will exacerbate the problem. Secondly, there is a fear that Georgetowners would simply sell their guest parking pass to the highest bidder.
But fear not, hope is eventually on the way! As part of a possible performance parking program for Georgetown, residents would be given the ability to go on to their computer and print out a temporary parking pass. Residents would be limited to only a certain amount of passes per year (something like, say, 30).
Such a program would address most residents’ needs, without flooding the neighborhood with visitors or creating a black market. (It’s worth noting that such a system doesn’t need to be a part of a larger parking reform. Allowing at-home parking pass printing could be a stand alone change, but GM doubts it will happen unless wrapped up in a larger effort).