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.
Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system is partnering with the Maryland Transit Administration MARC Train to ease commutes for Germantown MARC train passengers. A new shuttle service, Ride On Route 94, is transporting passengers during peak commuting times between the Kingsview Park & Ride Lot, located at Clopper Road (Maryland Route 117) and Kingsview Village Avenue, and the Germantown MARC station. Passengers using the new service will be dropped off and picked up immediately adjoining the train station.
Morning shuttle service will leave from the Kingsview Park & Ride Lot for the MARC Station at 7:25, 7:42 and 8:02. In the evening, the shuttle will depart the MARC Station for the return trip to the Kingsview Park & Ride Lot at 4:21, 4:36, 5:13, 6:05, 6:29, 6:51, 7:19 and 8:01. If MARC is running late in the evening, the service will “meet the MARC” by waiting for the next train to arrive.
Riders who have a MARC weekly, MARC monthly or TLC ticket can simply show it to the bus operator and ride free, the same as on all Ride On buses. Other riders will be charged the regular $1.50 fare for SmarTrip users or $1.70 for passengers paying the fare with cash or other Ride On fare media.
For more information, check Ride On’s website or call 311, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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
The Friendship Heights TRiPS Commuter Store at 17 Wisconsin Circle, between Wisconsin and Western avenues is now open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is closed for lunch each day from 1 to 2 p.m.
The Silver Spring TRiPS Commuter Store is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 8413 Ramsey Avenue, at the corner of Wayne and Ramsey avenues.
For more information about the TRiPS Commuter Stores, visit the County website.
Montgomery County has received $90 million from the U.S. Department of Defense for transportation projects in Bethesda to address traffic congestion resulting from the Base Realignment & Closure Act (BRAC). Under BRAC, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center was moved to the National Naval Medical Center site in Bethesda.
About $40 million in BRAC funding will be used by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) to construct the Maryland Route 355 crossing, a pedestrian tunnel under the road for bus and carpool commuters and walkers. The project will install deep elevators on the east side of Rockville Pike to the Metro Station platform. The State of Maryland will use $49 million to construct improvements at four major intersections: Rockville Pike at Cedar Lane and at Jones Bridge Road; Connecticut Avenue at Jones Bridge Road; and West Cedar Lane at Old Georgetown Road.
These projects will be constructed in addition to new or renovated bike paths and sidewalks already completed by MCDOT at the medical complex. For more information on these and other projects to improve traffic and pedestrian access, visit the County’s BRAC website.
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.
Residents of the Fairland and White Oak areas who currently drive to work or are new residents in the Maryland Route 29 corridor may be eligible for a $35 bus pass subsidy from HD-Maple Ridge, L.L.C. The company is offering the incentive to reduce the number of commute trips in its project area. The bus passes may be used only during weekday rush hour commutes. The program can accommodate a maximum of 50 participants, so there may be a waiting list. For more information, contact Teresa Thomas or call 301-476-9588.
Telework Week 2012, sponsored by Telework Exchange, is the second annual effort to encourage agencies, organizations, and individuals to pledge to telework. This year’s event will be held from March 5 to 9..
Telework is an opportunity for organizations and employees to do something that benefits the environment and supports improved productivity; enhanced personnel recruitment and retention; better work/life balance; commuter savings; and reductions in traffic and greenhouse gas emissions.
During Telework Week 2011, nearly 40,000 people pledged to telework, saving $2.7 million on commuting costs, gaining back nearly 149,000 hours in their day, removing 1,800 tons of pollutants from the air, and avoiding driving 3.76 million miles.
A free shuttle bus is now operating between the Bethesda Metro Station and the Chevy Chase Lake community in North Chevy Chase. Chevy Chase Land Company has recently made the service available to the general public after it being previously limited to the retail and office tenants at 8401 Connecticut Avenue.
The shuttle operates Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. with pickups at the Metro and 8401 Connecticut Avenue about every 40 minutes.