“It’s really important for us to do this right,” said Dwayne Williams, one of the drivers who drives a Chevy Silverado pickup truck in D.F.C., which is in the midst of an unprecedented summer rush of carpoolers.
“We need to have this conversation.”
But the city’s top transportation official said the rush to get cars into D.O.C.’s roads is driving up the costs and could cause problems down the road.
“The problem with it is that we have cars already in the system,” Tom Bradley, the D.E.C.-area director of transportation, said Monday.
“They’re being diverted from our system to make way for cars.
We need to do a better job of ensuring that people can get to work safely and efficiently.”
D.D.C.: ‘We are losing our minds’ The rush to take cars out of the system is not the only issue, officials say.
“This is a crisis,” said Dan Kovalik, a member of the D,O.D.-based National Association of County Supervisors, which represents the District’s 10 largest counties.
“I think that we are losing the minds of our city.
The city is a mess.
It’s not what we envisioned when we created it in 1965.”
The city has been forced to borrow millions of dollars to fix some roads in the past few years, which has caused some of the delays.
But officials said they have had no problems getting cars to work since the new rules were implemented.
The problem is that the system has not been updated in years.
Va.-based Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, or TIFIA, requires the transportation agency that is in charge of the city to put in place “smart” technology to make sure cars aren’t left at idle and drivers are given a safe lane.
The system, called “automated parking,” is supposed to allow cars to stay in their assigned spots for as long as they’re needed.
But the system only works if drivers are aware that cars are on the road and have the appropriate “parking permit,” said Christopher Hall, the chief executive officer of TIFIR.
“If the system doesn’t work, it doesn’t matter if there are cars,” he said.
A study released last week by the National Transportation Safety Board found that more than 1,600 D.S.C.(D.N.C.) vehicles had failed safety inspections since 2009, including 4,500 that had been deemed unsafe.
The report also found that the DPD’s automated parking program, which was rolled out this year, has not made any significant progress.
Some D. D. C. residents, including former Mayor Vincent Gray, have questioned why so many vehicles are parked in the city.
“It is a nightmare,” Gray said in a statement.
“Our city has lost our minds.”
The Transportation Department’s Bradley said the city is also trying to improve the automated parking system to better accommodate a growing number of drivers.
“People need to understand that the safety of their vehicle and their life are paramount,” Bradley said.
“Automatic parking is a huge benefit to our city.”
In response to the new requirements, the District is planning to expand its automated parking fleet to a total of 1,500 vehicles and hire 200 drivers, Bradley said, adding that he expects to hire drivers for the first time in six months.
He also plans to add a separate parking meter to make the system work more efficiently.
The number of cars on the streets is expected to fall from 1.8 million to 750,000, but the city plans to double the number of automated parking spaces in the next few years.
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