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Monday, April 30, 2012

New Glenmont “Green” Parking Garage Opens

Nearly Doubles Number of Parking Spaces at Popular Metro Station
A second garage at the Glenmont Metro station has increased parking spaces at the popular Metro station to 3,000. The garage was built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, helping the County attain its sustainability goals.
 
A canopy connects the garage entrance to the Metrorail entrance. The garage features customer assistance phones, extra lighting, digital security cameras and a police room to enhance security. Parking at the garage costs $4.75. Parkers can use a ‘SmartTrip’ fare card or credit card for payment.
 
The garage has six levels of parking, with one level below ground. The garage’s environmentally sensitive features include energy efficient light fixtures and measures to reduce energy use; maximization of recycling and reuse of construction, demolition and land clearing debris; and use of building materials that are locally produced or contain recycled content.
 
The cost of the garage was $24.7 million, with financing provided from County revenue and liquor bonds backed by Metro; a special parking surcharge at all Metro stations in the County; and a $1.6 million matching grant from the State of Maryland. To aid commuters during construction, Congressman Chris Van Hollen obtained $500,000 in federal funds to purchase two new buses that enhanced the frequency of Ride On bus service to Glenmont Station.
 
Metro managed the design/building project for the County and contracted with Forrester Construction Company, a local Rockville firm. The garage will be operated and maintained by Metro.
 
Go to Metro’s website for more information about riding Metro or parking at the station.
CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 11:20:00 AM |

Monday, April 30, 2012

New Parking Garage Open in Silver Spring

A new public parking garage has opened in downtown Silver Spring below the Galaxy Apartments being constructed on 13th Street. The garage is part of a public-private partnership that created a 195-unit apartment building. Formerly a County public parking lot, the underground garage has 208 private spaces for Galaxy residents and 160 County-owned public parking spaces.
 
Parking rates at the new public garage will be 75-cents an hour for short-term parking and 60-cents an hour for long-term parking of more than four hours. Pay by space on an hourly basis or use a monthly Parking Convenience Sticker (also know as the PCS Permit).
 
Check the County’s website to view all the public parking options in Silver Spring.  
CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 4:00:00 AM |

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

CountyTests Parking Meters that Accept Credit Card Payment

In March, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) Division of Parking began a three-month pilot project in Bethesda to test parking meters that expand payment options for parking customers. Forty-one new meters were installed on Norfolk Avenue between Woodmont and Del Ray avenues that accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discovery credit cards in addition to coins and pay-by-cell phone payments.
 
The meters, which are solar-powered, have real-time communication capabilities that allow web-based identification of broken meters and immediate processing of credit card transactions.
 
The meters are being provided at no charge to the County during the test period. In early June, the new meters will be removed and the original meters will be reinstalled. At that time, MCDOT expects to have enough information on the viability of the system to possibly advertise for a contractor to replace most of the County’s on-street meters with ones that accept credit card payment.
 
For those who have used the new meters, an online survey is available to provide the Division of Parking with feedback. For more information about the parking meters, go to the County’s website
CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 11:00:00 AM |

Monday, February 27, 2012

New Parking Garage in Silver Spring Opens

A parking garage, located below the new Galaxy Apartments in Silver Spring at 8025 13th Street, is now open to the public.  The garage is part of a public-private partnership that created a 195-unit, five-story apartment building with 82 affordable units and an underground parking garage on the site of a former County surface parking lot. The garage has a total of 368 parking spaces, of which 160 are available for public parking and 208 are set aside for Galaxy residents.
 
Parking rates at the new garage, known as Garage 16, will be 75 cents an hour for short-term parking of four hours or less and 60 cents an hour for long-term parking of more than four hours. Parkers also have the option of using a Parking Convenience Sticker (allowing unlimited parking on any all-day meter in Silver Spring), which costs $113 a month, or a Daily Parking Permit for $7.20 a day.
 
To view all the public parking options available in Silver Spring, go to the County’s website.
 
CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 10:00:00 AM |

Monday, February 27, 2012

New Georgia Avenue Park and Ride Lot Opens: Is Served by ICC Commuter Bus Routes

A new Park & Ride Lot located west of Georgia Avenue (Maryland Route 97) and just south of the InterCounty Connector (ICC), opened this month. Built by the Maryland Transit Administration as part of the ICC project, the lot has 202 parking spaces and two bus shelters with benches.
 
The Park & Ride Lot located on Norbeck Road (Maryland Route 28) east of Georgia Avenue remains open but will no longer be served by the ICC Commuter bus routes. Ride On and Metrobus continue to provide service at the Norbeck Road Park & Ride Lot with Bus Routes 51, Y7, 52, 53, Y8 and Y9.
 
The following ICC Commuter Bus Routes provide service at the lot:
  • Route 201 - Gaithersburg to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport
  • Route 202 - Gaithersburg to Fort Meade
  • Route 203 - Columbia to Bethesda
  • Route 204 - Frederick to College Park
  • Route 205 - College Park to Germantown Transit Center
For more information about the ICC routes, visit the MTA’s ICC Commuter Bus website, or check Ride On’s website for information and schedules.
CATEGORIES: ICC , Parking
POSTED: 8:00:00 AM |

Monday, February 27, 2012

New Vehicle Counting System in Bethesda-Elm Parking Garage

Provides Information on the Number of Spaces Available Before Entering Garage
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), Division of Parking has installed a car counting system in the Bethesda-Elm Parking Garage, also known as Garage 57, with signs at the entrances that display the number of available parking spaces. The 914-space garage is located at 4841 Bethesda Avenue between Bethesda Avenue, Elm Street, Arlington Road and Woodmont Avenue.  
 
The car counting system was installed to help mitigate the impact on parking availability when the two surface parking lots located at the intersection of Woodmont and Bethesda avenues will close for about 30 months. The two lots have a total of 279 spaces and are popular with short- and long-term parkers. A new parking garage with 940 public parking spaces will be built on the site through a public-private partnership project.
 
The new counting system uses ultrasonic sensors installed at the garage’s entry and exit lanes that transmit the information to a computer server, enabling County staff to monitor parking, update the counts or change the message that is displayed on the signs. When the garage reaches capacity, the signs will show the word “Full.”
 
The Bethesda-Elm Parking Garage contains the following types of meters:
•           218 two-hour meters;
•           267 four-hour meters;
•           399 15-hour meters;
•           2 12.5-hour carpool meters; and 
•           28 parking spaces for disabled patrons.
 
Other parking alternatives to Lot 31 include the Woodmont Corner Garage (Garage 11), at Woodmont Avenue and Old Georgetown Road, and the Auburn-Del Ray Garage (Garage 36), as well as privately operated parking facilities surrounding Lot 31. Parkers can also use the free Bethesda Circulator shuttle bus, which has expanded its schedule and frequency of service. 
 
Additional information on Circulator service is available online. For more information on parking in Montgomery County’s public lots and garages, go to the County’s website. 
CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 5:00:00 AM |

Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Parking Rates Begin in Silver Spring and North Bethesda in January

Beginning January 1, 2012, long-term parking rates in the Silver Spring Parking Lot District and the North Bethesda Transportation Management District will increase by 10-cents an hour. 

The Montgomery County Council approved the parking rate increase as part of the fiscal year 2012 budget approved in May. 

In addition, Parking Convenience Sticker rates will increase from $95 a month to $113 a month. 

For additional information on parking options in Silver Spring, the County’s other Parking Lot Districts or other locations in the County, visit the Division of Parking Management’s website or call 311.

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 7:00:00 AM |

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Reminder: Two Parking Lots in Bethesda to Close in a Few Weeks; Construction of New Parking Garage will Triple Number of Parking Spaces

Beginning in a few weeks, two surface parking lots in Bethesda (known as Lots 31 and 31A), located at the intersection of Woodmont and Bethesda avenues, will close for about 30 months for the construction of a public-private partnership project that will more than triple the number of public parking spaces available on the site. One to two months after the project begins, Woodmont Avenue between Bethesda Avenue and Leland Street will also close for about 20 months. The adjacent Capital Crescent Trail will remain open during the entire construction project.

Working with Montgomery County since 2005, real estate developers StonebridgeCarras and PN Hoffman announced that they have formed a joint venture with Northwestern Mutual to develop the mixed-use project that will 250 residential units and 40,000 square feet of street retail above a public parking garage that will accommodate about 950 cars. 

Residential components of the development include The Darcy, an 88-unit condominium building, and The Flats, a 162-unit apartment building. 

For more information on parking alternatives while the project is under construction, see the County’s press release or visit the Division of Parking Management's website.

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 4:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Two Parking Lots in Bethesda to Close Mid-January

Construction of New Parking Garage will Triple Number of Parking Spaces

Beginning in mid-January, two surface parking lots in Bethesda (known as Lots 31 and 31A), located at the intersection of Woodmont and Bethesda avenues, will close for about 30 months for the construction of a public-private partnership project that will more than triple the number of public parking spaces available on the site. The project includes two residential buildings with 250 units and retail space at ground level and an underground parking garage with 290 private parking spaces for tenants and 940 public spaces.
 
One to two months after construction begins, Woodmont Avenue, between Bethesda Avenue and Leland Street, will also close for about 20 months. The adjacent Capital Crescent Trail will remain open during the entire construction project. 
 
Lots 31 and 31A have 279 spaces and are popular with short- and long-term parkers who frequent nearby shops, restaurants and movies, or use the Capital Crescent Trail. To assist parkers, the County is enhancing other parking options in the area during construction.
 
At the Bethesda-Elm Parking Garage (Garage 57), which has more than 900 parking spaces and is located between Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street, staff will convert 103 long-term spaces to four-hour spaces. In addition, a new messaging system at the garage’s entrance will show drivers how many parking spaces are available.
 
Drivers who need to park for longer periods of time will be encouraged to use other garages in Bethesda. Long-term parking spaces are available at the Woodmont Corner Garage (Garage 11), at Woodmont and Old Georgetown Road, and the Auburn-Del Ray Garage (Garage 36), as well as at privately operated parking facilities surrounding Lot 31.
 
Long-term parkers can also use the free Bethesda Circulator shuttle bus. Starting in December, and throughout the construction period, the Circulator schedule will expand, and the frequency of service will increase. Click here for additional information on Circulator service.  
 
The project should be completed in Summer 2013. Check the County’s website for more information on parking in Montgomery County’s public lots and garages.
CATEGORIES: Parking , Projects
POSTED: 10:00:00 AM |

Thursday, September 29, 2011

With Installation in North Bethesda, Pay-By-Cell Parking Now Complete in All County Parking Districts

With the recent conversion of 1,089 meters in North Bethesda, cell phones can now be used to pay for parking at nearly 12,000 meters in County Parking Lot Districts. Since March of this year, parking meters in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton and Montgomery Hills have been converted.

To use pay-by-cell, first-time patrons register once by going online anytime to www.mc.goparknow.com or calling 301-830-7074. Parkers set up an account and indicate which credit card will be used for the parking charges. The step-by-step instructions, printed on each meter, direct parkers to:

  • Use a cell phone to call 301-830-7074 or  send a text message to 32075.
  • Follow the phone/text prompts to enter the meter location number (located on the meter decal).
  • Select the amount of time desired for parking.

The patron then receives voice and text messages confirming the start of the parking session. A 35-cent transaction fee will be charged in addition to the parking fee.

Pay-by-cell provides many conveniences to parkers. Those who use the payment system get a text message reminder that their parking time is about to expire. Patrons can extend parking time remotely and view transactions online. Parkers can stop a parking session upon returning to a vehicle, so they only pay for the parking time they have used.

Get more information on the pay-by-cell initiative, or register for an account, online.

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 2:00:00 AM |

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Going to The Fillmore? MCDOT Recommends Transit and Parking Options

The Fillmore, the County’s newest music venue in downtown Silver Spring, opened earlier this month.  To help patrons attending shows and events, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has offered tips on getting there and/or where to park:

Take Transit. The Fillmore is an easy walk from the Silver Spring Metro station.  Metro operates until midnight on weekdays and to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.  There are also several Metrobus and Ride On bus routes that serve the area.  Check transit options on the County’s website

Driving.  For those who choose to drive, MCDOT recommends using the Spring Street/Cameron Street garage located at 1800 Cameron Street.  With more than 1,300 spaces, this garage is generally less congested than some of the other parking garages and lots in the area and is just a short stroll from the Fillmore’s front door.  Parking is free after 7 p.m. on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.  Get more information about parking options on the County’s website

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 1:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

County Enhances Pay-by-Cell Service With Addition of Quick Response (QR) Code Scanning

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has enhanced its Pay-By-Cell phone parking program with the addition of QR (Quick Response) code scanning capabilities. A QR code is a two-dimensional bar code that looks like black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background and is readable by QR barcode readers and camera phones.

Under the new system, drivers can pay for a parking session by scanning a QR code with a smart phone. The code contains information that identifies the space number on a parking meter. This eliminates the possibility of typing in the wrong meter number when paying for parking using a cell phone. The QR code can be scanned using the ParkNOW! application, available free from iTunes, Android Market, and soon, Blackberry App World.

Additional information is available at Mobile NOW’s website. For more information about parking in Montgomery County , visit MCDOT’s Division of Parking Services’ website.

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 5:00:00 AM |

Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Parking Rates in Bethesda Beginning August 1

The Montgomery County Council has approved a parking rate increase in Bethesda that will start on August 1.  The rate increase was approved as part of the fiscal year 2012 budget process.

The new parking rates for the Bethesda Parking Lot District will be:

  • Short-term parking (four hours or less): $1 per hour
  • Long-term parking (more than four hours): $0.75 per hour
  • Parking Convenience Sticker (PCS): $140 per month
  • Carpool Rates
    • Two-person carpools: $100 per month
    • Three- and four-person carpools: $55 per month
    • Five or more person carpools: $14 per month

For additional information on parking options in Bethesda or other County Parking Lot Districts, visit the Division of Parking Management’s website.

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 3:00:00 AM |

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pay-By-Cell Parking Now Available in all Four Parking Districts; North Bethesda to Receive Service Later This Summer

Cell phones can now be used to pay for parking at nearly 10,730 meters in all four County Parking Lot Districts with the recent conversion of 129 County parking meters in Montgomery Hills and 830 meters in Wheaton.  By the end of July, the program will be expanded to include another 1,089 meters in North Bethesda.

Staff completed converting Bethesda’s 5,000 parking meters in March and Silver Spring’s 4,500 parking meters in May. 

To use pay-by-cell, first-time patrons register for the program once by going online anytime or calling 301-830-7074.  Parkers set up an account and indicate which credit card will be used to pay for the parking charges.  The step-by-step instructions are printed on each meter. 

Patrons receive voice and text messages confirming the start of their parking session and get a text message reminder that their parking time is about to expire.  A 35-cent transaction fee is charged in addition to the parking fee. 

For more information on the pay-by-cell initiative, or to register for an account, go to the pay-by-cell website

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 7:00:00 AM |

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Park Multiple Days at Park & Ride Lot and Take Transit to BWI

Travelers now have another transportation option to BWI Airport since the new MTA (Maryland Transit Administration) Route 201 intercity bus line to BWI airport began stopping at the Burtonsville/MD198 Park & Ride Lot.  The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) approved a request from the Maryland Department of Transportation to allow travelers to park at the lot for as long as a week.

MCDOT also approved a similar measure that allows travelers to park at the Metropolitan Grove MARC rail station and take the new MTA Route 202 intercity bus line to Fort Meade. 

Both intercity bus lines use the InterCounty Connector/MD200 to quickly reach their destinations.  For more information on these commuter bus services, visit MTA’s website.

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 3:00:00 AM |

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pay-By-Cell Phone Expanded to Silver Spring

In March, the County completed installing a pay-by-cell phone parking system for over 5,000 meters in Bethesda.  Now, Silver Spring has been completed.  By summer, the program will be expanded to include Wheaton, Montgomery Hills and North Bethesda for a total of 11,000 meters with the convenient service. 

The program provides another payment option to parking customers who currently can use cash, a monthly permit, or the cash key.  A great feature of pay by cell is the ability to receive a text message reminder when parking time is about to expire and then extend parking time using the cell phone, as long as the maximum parking time on the meter is not exceeded. Unlike the other payment options, parkers pay only for the time used. 

There is a 35-cent transaction fee for each parking session.

To register for an account, go to the County’s website or call 301-830-7074.

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 6:00:00 AM |

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Travelers Using BWI Airport Have More County Parking Options

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) recently approved a request from the Maryland Department of Transportation to allow travelers going to BWI airport to park for up to one week in the Burtonsville/MD198 Park & Ride Lot.  The Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) new Route 201 intercity bus line to BWI airport will provide transportation from the lot to the airport. 

MCDOT also approved a similar measure that allows travelers to park at the Metropolitan Grove MARC rail station and take the MTA Route 202 intercity bus line to BWI airport.

Both intercity bus lines use the Intercounty Connector/MD200 to quickly reach the airport.  For more information on commuter bus service, visit MTA’s website.

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 2:00:00 AM |

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pay-By-Cell Parking

County Executive Isiah Leggett announced this month that cell phones can be used to pay for parking at 5,250 County parking meters in Bethesda . By summer, the program will be expanded to include meters in Silver Spring , Wheaton , Montgomery Hills and North Bethesda – for a total of 11,000 parking meters.

To use pay-by-cell, first-time patrons register for the program once by going online anytime to www.mc.goparknow.com or calling 301-830-7074. Parkers set up an account and indicate which credit card will be used for the parking charges. The step-by-step instructions are printed on each meter and direct parkers to:

  • Use a cell phone to call 301-830-7074.
  • Or, send a text message to 32075.
  • Follow the phone/text prompts to enter the meter location number (located on the meter decal).
  • Select the amount of time desired for parking.

The patron then receives voice and text messages confirming the start of the parking session. A 35-cent transaction fee will be charged in addition to the parking fee.

The new parking system provides many conveniences to parkers. Those who use pay-by-cell will get a text message reminder that their parking time is about to expire. Patrons can extend parking time remotely (as long as the posted maximum parking time is not exceeded) and view transactions online. Parkers can stop a parking session upon returning to a vehicle, so they only pay for the parking time they have used.

In January 2010, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Division of Parking successfully tested a pay-by-cell phone system at 1,250 parking meters in Bethesda . Customer feedback was very positive about the program. Since the pilot began, the 11,500 customers who registered to participate in the program used their cell phone for about 110,000 parking sessions. MobileNOW! LLC is the County’s contractor for the pay-by-cell program.

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 8:30:00 AM |

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Silver Spring Parking Projects

A number of parking projects may be of interest to downtown Silver Spring commuters and visitors:

The King Street parking lot has been sold to a Rockville developer as part of a public-private project to build market rate and affordable housing. The new Galaxy Apartment Complex will feature an underground garage with 160 spaces open to the public. Construction has started, and the County expects to open the new garage this fall.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation closed a large portion of the Bonifant Street Parking Garage for major maintenance. The Dixon Avenue entrance and the bridge over Bonifant Street are both closed. There is still plenty of parking in the garage, but motorists must use the Bonifant Street entrance. Construction should be done by early 2012.

Most of the Spring-Colesville Garage has been closed, but a limited number of short-term parking spaces are open on the ground floor. Long-term parking remains readily available in two nearby garages: the Ellsworth-Roeder Town Square Garage, located at 801 Ellsworth Drive and the Spring-Cameron Garage located at 8700 Cameron Street .

For more information about the County’s parking options in Silver Spring , as well as Bethesda , Wheaton and Montgomery Hills, go to the Division of Parking Management’s website.

CATEGORIES: Parking , Projects
POSTED: 6:30:00 AM |

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Did You Know that Overtime Parking at a Meter is Illegal?

Overtime parking means continuing to “feed” coins into a meter after parking for the posted maximum time allowed. This will result in a ticket for overtime parking. Inserting additional coins after the maximum time has elapsed does not extend the allowable time a vehicle may remain parked in the same space.

The fine for overtime parking is $55.  Long term parking is available at public parking lots and garages. To see lists, maps, and photographs of parking facilities in the County’s four Parking Lot Districts, visit the Division of Parking Management’s website or call 311, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or outside of the County, call 240-777-0311).

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 6:00:00 AM |

Monday, February 28, 2011

Silver Spring Parking Garage Partially Closed for Repairs

The Bonifant-Dixon Garage (Garage 5) in downtown Silver Spring is partially closed for deck restoration. The project will take about a year. The Dixon Avenue entrance will be closed during construction, but more than 950 parking spaces remain open and can be accessed using the Bonifant Street entrance.

The garage serves the Silver Spring Metro Rail Station as well as surrounding businesses.
CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 1:00:00 AM |

Friday, January 28, 2011

New Glenmont 'Green' Garage Will Double Number of Parking Spaces at Popular Metro Station

On January 18, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett joined federal, state and local officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Glenmont Metro Station parking garage. The garage will be a LEED certified building, helping the County attain its sustainability goals. This second garage at Glenmont Station, which will be located on the west side of Georgia Avenue , replaces one of the station’s Kiss & Ride lots and will add 1,200 parking spaces. When the garage is completed, there will be 3,000 parking spaces at Glenmont.

Commuters displaced from the Kiss & Ride lot during construction will be able to use the other Kiss & Ride lot on the east side of Georgia Avenue . To further accommodate commuters during construction, U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen obtained a $500,000 federal earmark towards the purchase of two new buses, thereby enhancing the frequency of Ride On bus service to the station. Ride On’s Route 51 bus increased service by 33 percent, or eight additional trips, from the 235-space Norbeck Park and Ride Lot, located one-quarter mile east of Georgia Avenue . The upgraded service began in September.

Most end-of-line Metro stations have at least 3,000 parking spaces to encourage commuters coming from areas with fewer transit options to use alternative transportation for at least part of their trip. The lack of available parking at Glenmont causes many commuters who wish to take transit to actually drive further to find space in another parking garage, or even forgo the use of transit altogether.

Metro is managing the design/build project for the County and has contracted with Forrester Construction Company, a Rockville firm. When completed, the garage will be operated and maintained by Metro.

 

CATEGORIES: Metro , Parking , Projects , News
POSTED: 8:00:00 AM |

Monday, December 20, 2010

County Expands Area with Pay-By-Cell Phone Parking Meters

In January 2010, Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT), Division of Parking began a pilot project testing a “pay-by-cell phone” system at 1,200 parking meters in Bethesda, which included Lot 31, Garage 57 and some adjacent streets.

The test was so successful that the MCDOT has begun expanding the system.  Now, more than 2,000 meters in Bethesda are part of the program.  And, this spring, MCDOT will begin further expanding the program to 11,000 parking meters located in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Montgomery Hills and North Bethesda. Participating meters are identified by a label with the telephone number and website for the contractor, MobileNow, and the meter number.

To use a pay-by-cell meter when parking at a participating meter, call 301-830-7074 with a cell phone and then follow the prompts to enter the meter location number (located on the meter decal) and the amount of parking time desired.  A voice and text message will confirm the start of the parking session. A great feature of the system is the ability to send a warning text message reminder when parking time is about to expire.  If this happens and the parker needs more time, it’s simple to extend the parking session by phone (as long as the maximum parking time is not exceeded).

Other system benefits include no need to carry coins or pay for parking time not used as the parking session stops when returning to the vehicle.  The system is simple and user friendly and parkers can view their parking transactions online. 

There is a $0.35 transaction fee for each parking session.  Use this link to register for a Pay-by-Cell Phone Parking Account.

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 5:00:00 AM |

Friday, October 29, 2010

Public-Private Partnership Will Provide New Housing and a County Parking Garage in Silver Spring

 Construction now underway on Silver Spring’s Parking Lot 16, located at 1011 King Street, will result in market rate and affordable housing (the new Galaxy Apartment Complex) above a 160-space County-owned, underground parking garage. The public-private partnership will maximize use of the space, which was previously a surface parking lot. Excavation of the underground garage is complete, and passers-by can next expect to see a tower crane erected in preparation of concrete work. The new garage should be completed by fall of 2011. 
CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 3:00:00 AM |

Friday, March 26, 2010

Credit Card Use at Five County Parking Garages Continues to Grow

Since mid-2009, five pay-on-foot or pay-by-space County public parking garages have been accepting credit cards as a means of payment. And, the number of patrons relying on the convenience of credit cards continues to grow.

The garages that accept credit cards and the percentage of transactions by credit card at each one during February are listed below:

Location Number of Spaces % of Transactions by Credit Card
Woodmont Corner Garage, Bethesda
1,108
56%
Cameron Street Garage, Silver Spring 1,383 43%
Wayne Ave Garage, Silver Spring 1,694 spaces 33%
Town Square Garage, Silver Spring 1,273 spaces 25%
Amherst Garage, Wheaton 628 spaces 40%

For more information on public parking options in the county, visit the Division of Parking Management’s website, or call Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation Customer Service Center at 240-777-6000.

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 10:06:00 AM |

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

County Conducts Parking Test in Bethesda; Offers Residents the Option to Pay by Cell Phone at 1,200 Meters

Ever pull into a parking space only to be out of exact change or without a Cash Key? If so, the County’s Department of Transportation, Division of Parking’s test of the “pay-by-cell phone” concept in Bethesda may be the answer. About 1,200 parking meters at Lot 31, Garage 57 and some adjacent streets are temporarily designated with stickers that indicate they accept payment by cell phone and list the instructions.
 
The test will be conducted until April 4, at which time the meters will no longer accept cell phone payments. The County will then evaluate the success of the test and determine whether to issue bids for the service on a wider scale. The decision to go ahead with the project is also dependent on whether the pay by cell phone project is approved in the FY2011 budget.
 
More information is available on Parking’s website.

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 8:49:00 PM |

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Rescheduled Closing of Small Parking Lot in Bethesda

The temporary closing of Parking Lot 31A in Bethesda that was previously scheduled to begin on December 7 has been postponed. A new date, most likely in January, will be announced soon. 
 
Lot 31A is located south of Bethesda Avenue and east of Woodmont Avenue. It is across the street from the much larger Parking Lot 31. The larger lot remains open.
 
The temporary closure of the small parking lot will be necessary during utility relocation related to a public/private re-development of Lot 31 and 31A in spring 2011 that will include a new public underground parking garage.
 
For additional information about parking options in Bethesda, visit the Division of Parking Management’s website.
 
CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 10:34:00 AM |

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Small Parking Lot in Bethesda Closing Temporarily

Beginning on or about November 1, Bethesda Parking Lot 31A, located south of Bethesda Avenue and east of Woodmont Avenue, will be temporarily closed for about 60 days to relocate utilities. The lot will reopen in January 2010. Lot 31A is the smaller lot across the street from the much larger Parking Lot 31, which will remain open.

In the spring of 2011, both Lots 31 and 31A will close for the construction of a new underground parking garage.

For additional information, including a map of the location of both lots and other parking options in Bethesda, visit the Division of Parking Management’s website.

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 2:45:00 PM |

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Parking Lots are Danger Zones for Pedestrians

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett launched a public education campaign at the Leisure World Plaza Shopping Center to raise awareness about pedestrian safety in parking lots, especially for seniors. Over the last three and one-half years, there have been 1,496 pedestrian collisions in the county, and of those, about 22 percent, or 324 collisions, have occurred in parking lots. Pedestrian safety in parking lots has received little attention, either regionally or nationally.

Drivers 45 years of age and older and pedestrians ages 18 to 29 were disproportionately involved in parking lot collisions compared to the percentage of these age groups in the general population and among licensed Maryland drivers.

The County has prepared an online toolkit to facilitate conversations with neighbors, civic associations, community groups, religious organizations, service groups and others about staying safe in parking lots. The kit includes a 10-minute downloadable PowerPoint presentation, an article for civic or school newsletters or online list serves, a tip sheet for drivers and pedestrians about how to stay safe, and ways to get neighbors and friends involved.

For the online materials or more information, go to the County’s website.
CATEGORIES: Pedestrian Safety , Parking
POSTED: 2:34:00 PM |

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

City of Rockville Extends Hours for Paid Parking within Downtown Area

Beginning Monday, October 5, the City of Rockville will extend the days and hours of paid parking at the Town Square garages and meters. The hours for paid parking will be Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The rate is $1 per hour.

MCDOT does NOT operate parking meters or other parking facilities within the city limits of Rockville. To find out more, including how city residents can obtain parking coupons, visit the City of Rockville’s website or call 240-314-5000.

CATEGORIES: Parking
POSTED: 11:19:00 AM |
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