- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - The District of Columbia is testing a program that would change the price of parking based on demand.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1XYg966 ) reports “surge pricing” could require people to pay $8 an hour to park in Chinatown-Penn Quarter at peak times.

City officials say the program is meant to reduce downtown traffic congestion. Officials say studies show 25 percent of the traffic is caused by vehicles circling the block looking for parking.

Soumya Dey, director of the DDOT’s research and technology transfer division, says they are trying to balance the supply and demand for parking.

John B. Townsend II, a spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic, says the new program could discourage lower-income residents from visiting the area.

Surge pricing is scheduled to begin in the spring.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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