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National Park Service eliminates free parking on National Mall

New parking meter along the National Mall in D.C., Monday, June 12, 2017 (Brianne Carter, ABC7)

Free parking on the National Mall came to an end Monday with 90 new pay stations activated.

Meters will cost $2 for a 3-hour time limit every day except for December 25 (the only day of the year that the National Mall is officially closed).

The National Park Service announced earlier this year that meters would be installed and fees enforced between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

NPS says the reason for the change is to help eliminate congestion on the Mall that comes with offering free parking and encourage the use of public transportation.

"Having only a few areas with free parking in the city results in additional congestion in the National Mall area with cars searching for free parking on our roads," NPS stated on their website.

NPS states meters were installed at the following locations:

• Constitution Avenue NW between 15th Street NW and 23rd Street NW
• Parkway Drive SW
• Ohio Drive SW in West Potomac Park (between Independence Ave and Inlet Bridge)
• West Basin Drive SW (entire length, between Ohio Drive and Independence Avenue)
• Tidal Basin parking lot (paddle boats)
• Madison Drive NW
• Jefferson Drive SW
• Lots A, B and C on Ohio Drive SW (East Potomac Park)
• Lot on Buckeye Drive (adjacent to tennis courts)

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