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City of Alexandria Announces Schedule of Services for 2016 Independence Day Holiday

All City of Alexandria, Virginia government offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

NOTE: The Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces and residential permit parking districts on July 4.  This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities).

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City Announces Memorial Day Schedule of Services

All Alexandria City government offices in Alexandria, Virginia will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

NOTE: The Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces and residential permit parking districts on May 30. This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities).

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Potential Tour Bus/Motorcoach parking locations along Holland Lane and Jamieson Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia

The City of Alexandria, Virginia recently brought back the Ad Hoc Motorcoach Task Force for a new study and recommendations on loading and unloading areas as well as short-term parking locations in Alexandria for tour bus/motorcoaches during tour season.

Once again, the City is studying the 400 block of Holland Lane (see above) and the 1400 block of Jamieson Avenue (see below) to remove 26 parking spaces on the south side of Jamieson Avenue to create 10 seasonal tour bus parking spaces and add seasonal tour bus parking signage.

The previous Task Force tried to take the parking spaces but, were forced to use alternate locations over strenuous objections from Old Town Village and Carlyle residents.

I have seen all 26 spaces full at night everyday of the week. You can certainly bet that the tour buses won’t be completely in the parking area and out of the traffic lane so proceed with caution in this area if this eventually passes.

The loading/unloading areas are under consideration to ensure the tour buses have adequate space to load and unload passengers, the area must be handicapped accessible and to allow the bus to get out of the travel-way when loading and unloading passengers. The short-term parking is where the tour buses would go after they have unloaded. The City can determine during non-touring season to allow the 26 parking spaces in the Old Town Village/Carlyle area to return.

So, the questions are – With the left turn at Jamieson Avenue and South West Street narrow at best, how does the City think a tour bus is going to be able to make that turn?

Also, why with parking at such a premium in the Carlyle area, how does the City think this would be beneficial?

You can find the areas under consideration online (PDF) for loading and unloading as well as short-term parking.

The next Motorcoach Task Force meeting will be held on May 31, 2016 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at City Hall, 301 King Street, in the Chet & Sabra Avery Conference Room 2000.

Potential Tour Bus/Motorcoach parking locations along Holland Lane and Jamieson Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia

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Missing multi-space parking meter in Alexandria, Virginia

I was out this past weekend in the Old Town area and encountered three (3) multi-space meters on the block I was parked at that were out of service. I ended up going around the block to pay for parking before coming back to my car to put the receipt on the dashboard.

So, I thought, I’d pose this question to you, our beloved readers. If you don’t have to pay at a broken single space parking meter, should you still be forced to pay if the multi-space meter(s) are broken or removed? The City says yes. What do you think?

Poll closes Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 12:00 Midnight.

President's Race, Washington Nationals

President’s Race, Washington Nationals by Scott Ableman, on Flickr

President’s Day schedule of services in Alexandria

DASH Bus will run on a Saturday schedule for President’s Day while the King Street Trolley will operate on a normal schedule, from 10 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.

As a reminder of normal holiday procedure, the Alexandria Police Department will suspend enforcement of parking restrictions at metered spaces and residential permit parking districts on February 15. This suspension of enforcement applies only to the restrictions at legal parking spaces, and does not permit parking in any location normally prohibited (for example, no parking zones, loading zones, or spaces for persons with disabilities). HOV lane restrictions will also be suspended on February 15.

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Pango

Starting Wednesday, January 20, the City will be updating the Pango zone numbers on each block (Pango is the pay by phone vendor used in the City of Alexandria to pay for parking meters through a phone). New zone numbers will still be five digits, but will now begin with “11” instead of “22”. This change is being made to reduce confusion and overlap with Park Mobile zones that are valid in Washington, DC and Arlington.

Existing Pango users should now see the updated zones in the app available for smartphones. If not, ensure the app is running the most current update. Please contact Pango customer service at 1.877.myPango if you continue to have problems with displaying the current list of zones.

For those interested in paying for parking meters through a phone, the app can be downloaded for Android and iPhone devices. Please visit this link or this link for more details.

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