The Montgomery County Council has approved a parking rate increase for Silver Spring and North Bethesda parking lots, garages and meters as part of the fiscal year 2013 budget approved last May.
The following new parking rates took effect January 1:
• Short term parking rates for the first four hours increased from 75 cents an hour to $1 an hour.
• Long term parking rates for more than four hours increased from 60 cents an hour to 65 cents an hour.
• The monthly parking convenience sticker increased from $113 to $123.
For additional information on parking rates and options in North Bethesda, Silver Spring or the other County parking lot districts, visit the Division of Parking Management’s website or call 311 (TTY, call 301-251-4850) Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.