It’s easy to forget that the District of Columbia has the highest number of parking spaces per capita in the country, according to a new report by the city’s Office of Parking and Parking-Related Services.
But if you want to see just how far we’ve come, take a look at the map below, which tracks the city and its surrounding counties since 1970.
The report, released Monday, uses the city of Washington as a reference point for the country as a whole.
The city is home to the nation’s largest population of drivers, and it’s also home to a lot of parking.
In 2015, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority estimated that there were more than 16 million parking spaces, according the report.
According to the report, that number has been growing steadily over the past 30 years, with the district adding about 8 million parking spots between 2007 and 2020 alone.
“The number of cars on the road has grown from about 3.7 million in 1970 to about 4.1 million today, according [the] report,” the report said.
This year, the city expects to add more than 1.5 million parking permits, and the number of spaces per person is expected to climb to more than 3.5 by 2030.
At the same time, the number that are vacant in the district is expected fall to just under 1 million by 2030, down from nearly 5 million last year.
But the report also pointed out that the number is not static.
With a population of just over a million, there are about 12,000 spaces per car in DC, which translates into just under 2 million spaces available for cars, according Metro officials.
So why is the District still so expensive to drive?
As of January 2019, the District had an average of 1.33 parking spaces available per person per mile, according a 2016 analysis by the National Association of Realtors.
The report notes that this number is expected only to increase in 2020, as the District is expected be home to more new residential and office buildings.
And there’s a lot more to the District than parking spaces.
For one, the Metro has announced plans to add 3.8 million parking meters throughout the region by 2020, a process that will take about five years, according officials.
That includes 1.4 million parking locations in the District.
Plus, the district’s roads are also heavily traveled, with about 4 percent of the state’s roads being in the Metropolitan Area, which is home of many of DC’s metro areas, including Arlington, Virginia, and Bethesda, Maryland.
There’s also a lot riding on the next decade, as Metro is also planning to add 1.2 million parking lanes, according an October report from the National Capital Planning Council.
A lot of the projects announced by the DC Metro are tied to the expansion of light rail lines, according Toke, the director of the Transportation and Parking Program at the National Center for Transportation Research.
Toke says that the expansion projects could help offset some of the rising costs of parking and also create additional jobs.
“[Light rail is] something that is very much needed, and we’ve been very, very focused on creating jobs,” he said.