Code Red

Thursday, January 26, 2012

By DowntownDC


No, those “red top” meters now popping up around town aren’t reserved for the president or his Cabinet members. To stem abuses by people using the placards and plates used by persons with disabilities, the DC government has adopted an “all must pay policy.” At the same time, it has reserved metered parking spaces with distinctive “red top” meters for the disabled community in select locations in the Central Business District, including the DowntownDC BID area, and Federal corridors in Southwest. According to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the “red top” meters will provide up to twice the time for parking that is generally provided on the block and they’re Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible. Beginning March 1, motorists parking at the meters without a valid disabled placard or license plate will be ticketed or towed. Take note: more red tops are probably coming, particularly near government buildings and on busy blocks such as the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place), recreational and entertainment centers, and medical service facilities.  DDOT is open to suggestions on where to place them. Just call the Mayor’s Call Center at 311, send an e-mail to Damon Harvey at, or call 202.671.2800.

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