D.C. to begin enforcing new parking rules in NE D.C. for incoming streetcar

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJLA) – District of Columbia residents will want to check where they park in Northeast D.C. from now on.

Starting Monday, tickets will be handed out to drivers who are improperly parked over the white line and interfere with the streetcar tracks along H Street and Benning Road.

Cars that park over the white line will make it a tight squeeze for equipment on the tracks of the incoming D.C. streetcar line. The enforcement schedule will be 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

The District has handed out warnings for the last month, but most residents said they were not aware of the parking rule changes.

“There is no sign that says that. I'd have no idea,” said resident Janice Bashford.

With the streetcars and test vehicles set to return to the line in the next few week, drivers who park over the white line can be fined $100 for the violation or their vehicle could be towed.

“We don't want to break the law. We want to comply, but we have to be aware of it,” said resident John Papa. “It's frustrating. The only thing the D.C. government seems to do efficiently is ticket people. We've been waiting forever for a streetcar. It still isn't here. Very frustrating. Very disappointing.”