Thursday, March 28, 2013
The parking crunch at Walter Reed Bethesda has made it more difficult for wounded warriors to find parking on base, WTOP reports.
Bethesda's Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is cracking down on employees who take parking spots reserved for wounded warriors, WTOP reports. Military officers have been making rounds to stop employees from parking in the 1,100-space patient lot, according to the report. "We were finding that people were parking in the patient garage that weren't patients, but were staff and visitors," Walter Reed National Military Medical Center spokeswoman Sandy Dean told WTOP. Read the full report here. The parking crunch at the military hospital was exacerbated by the 2011 BRAC merger, which drew 3,600 extra employees to the base. One parking spot is available for about every 3.22 employees. Many workers there are turning to public …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Parking will be free until 7 a.m. Thursday, according to Montgomery County.
Parking at county garages and metered spaces is free today as a storm bears down on the region, the Montgomery County government reported via Twitter. County parking will be free until 7 a.m. Thursday.
Monday, December 17, 2012
The program—designed to bring more handicapped-accessible parking to DC—was canceled only after 400 red-topped meters had been installed, The Washington Examiner reported.
Washington, DC's plan to bring more handicapped-accessible parking spots to the city by installing hundreds of red-topped parking meters for the exclusive use of vehicles with handicapped plates or plaques is no more, The Washington Examiner reported. The plan—which would have required drivers of vehicles with handicapped plates or plaques to pay to park (currently, they're allowed double the amount of time allotted for the space, and do not have to pay, Greater Greater Washington reported), but which would have made more parking spaces available for them—was voted down by the City Council earlier this month, The Examiner added. Unfortunately, this decision came a little too late to save some money: "About 400 red-top meters are already …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The county's department of transportation has decided to "suspend indefinitely" the installation of parking meters in this neighborhood.
Residents of the Chevy Chase Drive, Offutt Lane and Bradley Boulevard neighborhood need worry no longer about parking meters. "Based on written feedback and comments it received from affected residents and others, the [Montgomery County] Department of Transportation has decided to suspend indefinitely the installation of any new parking meters on Chevy Chase Drive, Offutt Lane and Bradley Boulevard," according to an email from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. "Moreover, the meter posts that it had already installed will be removed," and the public meeting that the transportation department had scheduled for Dec. 20 to discuss the issue has been cancelled, the email continued. In mid-October, residents of the neighborhood …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
A new program requiring drivers of cars with handicapped plaques or plates to pay for metered parking in Washington, DC, likely is still months away from implementation, but it already has many challengers, The Examiner reported.
A new program requiring drivers of cars with handicapped plaques or plates to pay for metered parking in Washington, DC, likely is still months away from implementation, but it already has many challengers, The Washington Examiner reported last month: The program, newly revised in a bill sponsored by DC Council member Mary Cheh, D-Ward 3, would require disabled drivers to pay for on-street parking—something they now get for free—but reserve 1 in 10 of the city's parking spaces, marked with red meters. The program aims to curb the use of fraudulent use of disability placards, which officials say is rampant downtown. Months of negotiations and adjustments have already gone into the program, which "probably won't get through the DC Council …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The installation of parking meters in this neighborhood on the Chevy Chase-Bethesda border has stopped, Bethesda Now reported.
Residents of a residential pocket in Chevy Chase near Bethesda can rest easy—they won't be required to pay at parking meters in order to park in their neighborhood, Bethesda Now reported. Residents of Offutt Lane and Chevy Chase Drive were shocked to see parking meters being installed in their neighborhood last week, Bethesda Now reported. The parking meters had been in the budget for fiscal year 2013, but some residents said they hadn't heard anything about it. "Our neighborhood is getting taken away from us,” Debrah Shaver—who is on the board of the Bradley House Condominium Association—said, Bethesda Now reported. "They’re going to subsidize their budget off of the people who are living in the neighborhood." But by the end of last week…
Friday, October 19, 2012
Bethesda campus, which employs 20,000, may see the addition of 3,000 workers over the next 20 years -- and planners want fewer employees driving to work.
A Planning Board Commissioner on Thursday said NIH officials haven’t made enough efforts to reduce the number of parking spots at the Bethesda campus. Planners hope eliminating parking will force more workers to carpool or take metro and take more cars off the roads. NIH, which employs more than 20,000 people in Bethesda, went before the Montgomery County Planning Board Thursday for an advisory review of the facility’s master plan. The long-term vision for the site calls for the addition of about 3,000 workers from satellite locations over the next 20 years, according to a planning staff report. Park and Planning, which has no approval authority over the federal facility’s growth plans, voted yesterday to transmit its comments to the …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Postal patrons can now park in the Adagio garage and have their tickets validated, The Gazette reports.
Patrons of Bethesda's new downtown post office are now able to park in the Adagio garage and have their parking tickets validated, The Gazette reports this week. The garage is located at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Bradley Boulevard, beneath the Adagio condominium complex, PetSmart and CVS. The United States Postal Service has been criticized by the community and U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D) for opening the new Wisconsin Avenue post office with no dedicated parking. USPS closed the two downtown Bethesda post offices at 7001 Arlington Rd. and 7400 Wisconsin Ave. and consolidated them at the new location at 6900 Wisconsin Ave. early this summer. Without parking, however, postal patrons were forced to hunt for metered spots or …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Beginning Sunday, rates will increase at county lots and street meters.
Beginning Sunday, residents will need to shell out a bit more to park in downtown Bethesda. Parking rates at meters and in county lots and garages will increase to $1.25 per hour for short-term parking – one to four hours – and 80 cents per hour for long-term parking, more than four hours. Parking convenience stickers will be bumped to $150 a month. Ride On fares will also rise beginning Sunday. Cash fares will increase to $1.80, and a fare paid with SmarTrip Card will rise to $1.60. A Ride On monthly pass will increase to $45. If you’re looking for an easier way to pay to park, sign up to use your cell phone to pay to park. You can also use your credit card to pay to park at 41 “smart meters” along Norfolk Avenue – a pilot program that …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
During the AT&T National golf tournament, residents living near Congressional sell spots on their front yards for parking.
Driving along River Road near Congressional Country Club this week, you’ll probably find yourself stuck in a little more traffic than usual as cars pack the road trying to find parking for the AT&T National golf tournament. The country club doesn’t offer parking, so tournament goers have a few choices. They can park in offsite lots (up to 18 miles away) and pay between $10 and $20 to park and get shuttled to the event. The tournament also offers a VIP pass to park near the course for up to $150. Or, as many opt to do, they can park on people’s front lawns -- for a price, of course. Eleven homes in the nearby vicinity have permits issued by the county that allow them to use their yards as a parking lot, according to David Niblock, a senior…