At long last, the District has started enforcing red-top meters in the Central Business District.
Over the past few years, about 350 of the distinctive red-top meters have been installed across the CBD, which includes areas south of Massachusetts Avenue near Embassy Row, east of 23rd Street NW in Foggy Bottom and west of 2nd Street NE on Capitol Hill. Previously, anyone could park at the red-top meter spaces. Enforcement finally began Monday, when only individuals with disability placards and tags were permitted to pay to park.
The D.C. Department of Transportation established the red-top meter program in an effort to increase availability and accessibility of street parking spaces for motorists with disabilities in congested areas such as the CBD. As with other meters, payment at red-top meters can be made either by coin or credit card at the meter, via the Parkmobile app, or with the District’s pay-by-phone service. Parkmobile service charges are waived for red-top meters only.