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DC cracking down on illegal parking on streetcar corridor

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They are still months away from hitting the road, but streetcars on the H Street, NE corridor could cost you big. Starting on Monday, if you park illegally, you will be getting a $100 ticket and possibly a tow.

The District Department of Transportation has been issuing warnings about the tickets. A flier says, "Cars parked outside of the lines, including illegally double-parked vehicles, will impede the streetcar, delay service along the line, and result in a ticket and/or tow for your vehicle. Please stay within the lines."

A safety video also reminds drivers of what to do. It says in part, "Streetcars can't go around double-parked vehicles. Park your entire vehicle, including side mirrors, within the solid white lines, and look before opening car doors."

DDOT spokesman Reggie Sanders says the ticket is about getting drivers used to parking correctly.

"It's sort of retraining the community; getting the community to work with the streetcar, and the streetcar with the community,” he says.

There is some concern that the new parking rules could keep people from patronizing the businesses along H Street. Sanders says that is why DDOT is spreading the word now before the streetcars hit the road later this year.

"Obviously there's a huge nightlife along H street,” says Sanders. “We don't want to impede that. We work with the businesses to get the word out. It seems to be working pretty good."

Sanders says at the end, it is all about safety. Many drivers agree.

"It is steep, but I think you got to motivate people to do the right thing sometimes,” Shaun Rieley says.

Leigh Honecker says, "If your car is over the line and a trolly comes by and hits it, the $100, if its damaged, it will be a lot more than that."

DDOT expects the streetcars to have a few test runs next week. They hope they will be fully running by the end of the year. The new parking enforcement is here to stay.

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