Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Performance Parking Revenue Brings New Amenities

A new community-oriented Public Information Display System (PIDS) will soon make its way to the entrance of the Waterfront Station Safeway. The PIDS will be a community information kiosk giving real-time information such as when the next train or bus will arrive, number of Capital Bikeshare bikes available in the area, the performance schedule for Arena Stage, and other important information. DDOT is funding this project through its Ward 6 Performance Parking Zone program, which adjusts the cost of parking depending on demand, but is the brainchild of SW resident Cecille Chen, who heads up SWNA’s Southwest DC Heritage Project. The SW PIDS will be the first in a citywide rollout of this technology and will also be accessible to residents via DC’s free WiFi network. Total cost for the project will be $75,000 and is scheduled to be up and running by January 2013.

Other improvements potentially coming to the neighborhood thanks to Performance Parking revenue include some public art. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) will receive $35,000 to install a statue or sign representing all of the lettered streets in the Southeast (and potentially Southwest) parts of the city. The program is designed to help children learn the alphabet.

Update: As Commissioner Craycraft mentioned in the comments section, Damon Harvey from DDOT also committed to funding the restoration of the underwater lighting at the SW Duck Pond during last week's ANC meeting, which was supposed to be done earlier in 2012.


Bob Craycraft, Executive Director, Waterfront Gateway Neighborhood Association said...

DDOT Project Manager Damon Harvey also confirmed to the ANC at it's November 19 meeting that the 2011 funding commitment to restoring the Duck Pond's underwater lighting would be honored, and that his agency was working with the Department of General Services (DGS)on having the funds transfered and the work completed.

Cecille Chen said...

Actually, SW PIDS has been a collaborative effort by a group of dedicated Southwest community leaders including ANC Commissioners Andy Litsky, Ron McBee, Roger Moffat, SWNA President Kael Anderson, J Nickerson of Gangplank Marina/Washington Waterfront Association, Rev. Brian Hamilton of Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Jason Kopp of Gangplank Marina Slipholders Association.

Since 2011, I have had the pleasure of working with the SW PIDS group and with the Office of Councilmember Tommy Wells, who has been a key supporter of this project. We are very pleased that DDOT shares our vision for turning this innovative concept into reality. We look forward to receiving DDOT's formal plans for implementing what will be an invaluable resource for the Southwest community.

Cecille Chen
Southwest DC Heritage Project
Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, History Task Force