National Mall Parking Meters to Fund New Circulator Route

Mila Mimica and Mark Segraves

- NBC4 Washington

The funds from soon-to-be installed parking meters at the National Mall will go toward a new D.C. Circulator line.

Last week, News4 first reported the National Park Service is planning to install metered parking at the National Mall for 1,000 spaces. Officials are hoping the move increases public transportation use among residents and visitors. 
The NPS is considering making drivers pay for parking on Sundays and on holidays.
The money that comes from these metered spaces -- which should debut by the end of the year -- will go toward funding a new route for the D.C. Circulator route. The bus costs $1 to ride and the route would begin in 2015.
"As long as the money comes to us, I guess we can't complain," D.C. Delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton said. 
The Park Service is in negotiations with the D.C. Department of Transportation to have the Circulator take over the old Tour Mobile Route shuttling people around the National Mall.
Tour Mobile lost its contract with Park Services three years ago. Since then, NPS has been looking for a way to provide affordable transportation option for people visiting the museums along the mall.