DDOT opens RFK Stadium lot, unveils other parking options to ease commuter challenges
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) continues to discourage driving into the city during SafeTrack operations. However, to lessen the burden on commuters who must drive during the second surge, the agency announced that a temporary commuter parking lot will be available for use.
“We’re urging commuters to try alternative means of transportation to reach their destinations without using their vehicles,” said DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo. “But we understand that some commuters have no choice but to drive, so we continue to seek ways to mitigate traffic congestion during SafeTrack.”
Temporary parking will be available at the Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, 2400 East Capitol Street, SE. The cost is $7 per day or $15 on event days. Lot 3 will be open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Besides this location, DDOT has created a GIS map that identifies off-street parking opportunities in the District. To see the parking locations, open the map and click on any blue parking icon. Once motorists park at the stadium, they can take the bus bridge shuttles or the 96 or 97 buses from the Stadium Armory station.
The second phase of SafeTrack repairs began Saturday continue through Sunday, July 3. The impact will be felt most by commuters who use the Orange, Blue and Silver Lines; especially the stations between Eastern Market and Minnesota Avenue/Benning Road stations, which will be closed during this 16-day period. Blue Line service will also be suspended in both Maryland and the District.
Commuters should note that the Anacostia station and the Southern Avenue station (both Green Line) provide parking and transit options to the affected lines. Each has daily and metered parking available. Additionally, many of the Metro stations in the District offer Capital Bikeshare services.
DDOT will continue to use all of its resources to alleviate traffic impacts during SafeTrack. For more information on the District’s response to SafeTrack and to learn about alternative transit options, visit safetrack.godcgo.com
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