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Red Top Meter EnforcementĀ Begins

Monday, May 8, 2017
New program focuses on Central Business District


Media Contacts

Terry Owens — (202) 763-8635,
Maura Danehey – (202) 306-1668,

(Washington, DC) - The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) begins the new Red Top Meter Program today.

Effective today, the 350 Red Top Meters located in the Central Business, are designated for the exclusive use of individuals with disabilities. Parking at a Red Top Meter without the qualified placards or license plate will result in a $250 fine.

Parking meters with distinctive red tops are located in the areas south of Massachusetts Avenue, east of 23rd Street NW, west of 2nd Street NE and north of D Street SE.

All Red Top Meter users must pay for the reserved spaces, but the meters allow additional time to park (up to 4 hours). Motorists with qualified placards or license plates who park longer than the time allowed on the meter will be subject to a $30 fine for an expired meter.

Red Top Meter users can pay with coin or credit card at the meter, or with Parkmobile, the District’s pay-by-phone service. Individuals with qualified placards or license plates who choose to park at non-Red Top-designated meters in the CBD must also pay the meter fare. The individual must abide by the maximum time allotted by the meter; only Red Top Meters allow for additional time. Outside the CBD, metered parking for individuals with qualified placard or license plates remains free for up to four hours.

The goal of the Red Top Meter program is to increase the availability and accessibility of on-street metered parking in the CBD for individuals with disabilities. Please visit to learn more.

The mission of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.

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