On Street Parking Coming to Route 1

New parking arrangement could begin as early as June, say city officials.


Stay alert the next time you find yourself driving through Hyattsville's Route 1 corridor, for if not, you may find yourself rear ending a parked car. 

After months of consideration, the Maryland State Highway Administration and the City of Hyattsville will begin offering metered off-peak hours parking on Route 1 between Madison Street and Hamilton Street. The parking changes will reduce the number of available lanes from four to two, one each way. 

There will be no parking on Route 1 between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. 

The new on street parking will provide 61 extra parking spaces in downtown Hyattsville.

At last week's City Council meeting, Jim Chandler, Hyattsville's Director of Community and Economic Development, reviewed the tasks yet to be completed before on street parking can begin. 

The city still has to coordinate the installation of parking signs with the SHA, communicate the changes to the public, craft a memorandum of understanding with SHA for parking meter maintenance and installing the parking meters. 

"We're sort of limited in how far north we can go with parking," said Chandler. "Near Ogelthorpe, there's not a clear line of sight. And there are some similar challenges on some of the southbound areas."

The city has also contracted with Sabra-Wang Associates to rehabilitate four downtown parking lots located within a block of Route 1. The rehabilitated parking lots will add 121 parking lot spaces to the downtown parking stock. 

In all, downtown Hyattsville has space for 371 cars within one block of Route 1, according to city maps. 

The lots, located at Hamilton Street, Farragut Street, Jefferson Street, will be redeveloped on a rolling schedule over the summer and fall. Construction should start by the middle of June.

FRANCINE ABELL (ROCKELLI) May 29, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Hope plenty of bright painted lines indicate to driver's that PARKING is in place in each outer lane of the Rt.One. Bright yellow lines painted diaginolly leading to the closure of each lane thus indicating street parking is about to begin ... or how about a concrete construction barrior ... that would snap driver's attention.
Michael Theis May 29, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Well, they need to keep all lanes open for parking during off-peak periods, so concrete barriers are likely out. But I understand the spaces will be marked with lines.
Danny May 29, 2012 at 01:42 PM
do we know yet at what times the route 1 meters will be enforced? when the meters do require payment, most customers will probably continue cruising the EYA lots for free parking rather than feeding the meters. hopefully the meters will be free on weekends and after 7pm weekdays (although i can't imagine that the city would collect enough revenue on weekdays between 9am and 4pm to justify the cost of installing/enforcing the meters and signage).
Michael Theis May 29, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I've got my feelers out for an answer. Will reply with info as soon as I have it.
John Essex May 29, 2012 at 04:12 PM
There always used to be meters on 1 in front of Banning Chrysler and Lustine, so this is nothing new. It's a shame that EYA couldn't have carved out more of Rte. 1 for dedicated 24-hour parking spots without disrupting the two through lanes.
JC May 29, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Is there a schedule for the completion of the surface lots on Hamilton, Farragut, etc.? It's my understanding that next school year, the road in front of Hyattsville Elementary will be closed at the start and end of the school day for safety reasons and traffic for drop offs and pick ups will be routed behind the school to those lots. Just wondering if they are going to be done in time.
Michael Theis May 29, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Hi JC. This is the first I've heard of road closures at HES during the top and bottom of the school day. But the schedule for the surface lots is thus: - Construction starts June 18 on Jefferson Street lot. 7-8 weeks estimated there. - Then construction moves to Hamilton for 5-6 weeks. - Then construction moves to Farragut for 5-6 weeks. On the long end, it does put you into next school year. On the short end it brushes against it, by my armchair outlook.
JC May 30, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I guess time will tell! thanks for the update!
Jessica May 30, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Good luck with that .. it will cause so much traffic then there already is


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