Route 1 Parking Legal Now, But Discouraged

Despite a lack of meters and scant signage, you can now park on Hyattsville's Route 1 corridor, but city officials are discouraging it for now.

With at least some amount of signage already in place, area residents took to the HOPE listserv over the weekend to wonder if it was now legal to park along Route 1 in downtown Hyattsville.

The answer, according to Hyattsville Communications Director Abby Sandel, is a loud and clear "we are in a grey area."

"Technically, parking is permitted, but we discourage it," said Sandel in an interview yesterday.

the State Highway Administration has yet to deliver all of the necessary signage to clearly define where and when one may park their car along the thoroughfare. 

"Until the signage is in place, it would be very difficult for somebody to figure out where they may park," said Sandel. "One of the requirements for Route 1 parking is that we be vigilant about enforcing prohibitions on parking during peak hours, when we will be towing cars that are parked."

The new streetside parking arrangement prohibits parking on Route 1 between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. 

And while the dozen or so signs which currently line the road do spell out when one can park, they do not, among others, warn motorists that those who flaunt the parking prohibitions face the prospect of being towed for their obstructive infraction.

According to Sandel, city officials spoke with SHA representatives early yesterday morning to confirm that the full regimen of necessary signage is on its way, however there is no definite date by which the signs are expected. 

Once the signs are installed, before the Route 1 parking plan is fully implemented as approved by the City Council, which means residents could see a few weeks of free streetside parking downtown.

Justin Fair July 11, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Good to know!
Deb July 11, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I am against any meters or parking in the area of the Arts District on Route 1, it is dangerous now but with the on street parking it will be awful to travel in that area. I feel that the businesses there should povide enough parking without using the street as there parking lot. I will boycott all the businesses there and go elsewhere, to businesses that provide off street parking for us to use their stores or restaurants. the meter installations are another way for Hyattsville to get money.and for what? I will avoid all parts of that area. this is Accidents waiting to happen, there is not even turn lights at this light on Jefferson, what a mess that is when trying to make a left and God for bid if you want to nake a left coming South you take your life in your hands,,,,,,,,,,,,,No parking on street should be the law...................
Deirdre McQuade July 11, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I'm new to this conversation: Is more parking in the works for the Arts District?
Michael Theis July 11, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Yes. In addition to the 61 spaces which will be added to Route 1, the city is also rehabbing a number of downtown parking lots within one block of Route 1. Story here: http://patch.com/A-nkQm
Donald James July 12, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Well at least this is one less person to fight for a parking spot with. On-street parking will actually force traffic to slow down on Route 1 making it more pedestrian friendly. I'm all for it.


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