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DC to expand drop-off zones for Uber, Lyft, taxis

ABC7

On Friday the city of DC announced it will take away parking spaces in several busy areas to give Uber, Lyft, taxi, and other commercial vehicle drivers a safer place to pull over.

The spaces will be taken away in about a month in Georgetown, NoMa/Union Market, the Wharf, 14th and U streets, and outside the National Zoo.

The move follows what the city considers a successful test of the idea along Connecticut Avenue and part of 18th Strett just south of Dupont Circle over the last year.

During the test, parking has been banned along much of Connecticut from M Street north to Dupont Circle and on 18th Street in the block just north of M Street from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. Thursday through Sunday.

The purpose has been to keep rideshare drivers from stopping in the road to pick people up and drop them off.

The new areas that will be designated as pick-up/drop-off zones will be that way 24 hours a day. DDOT confirmed to ABC7 that the zone near Dupont Circle will also switch to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The city says it is much safer to allow rideshare vehicles to pull off the road, but some drivers are not happy about losing more spaces in areas that are already hard to find parking in.

The city says there will be a 30 day “comment period” in which people can give their opinions in writing to the city’s department of transportation, and then the changes will go into effect.

The city says these areas will be the new pick-up/drop-off zones:

• 14th and U Streets, NW

- West curbside of the 1900 block 14th Street, NW

- East curbside of the 2000 block 14th Street, NW

• Smithsonian National Zoo

- East curbside of the 2900 block of Connecticut Avenue, NW

• Maine Avenue, SW (The Wharf)

- South curbside of the 800 block of Maine, SW

• Georgetown

- East curbside of the 1200 block of Wisconsin Avenue, NW

• NoMa/Union Market

- West curbside of the 1200 6th Street, NE

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