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New Parking Rates Take Effect July 1

by Aaron Kraut — June 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm 474 4 Comments

Parking meters in a county garage in downtown BethesdaMontgomery County is reminding residents that new parking rates for county garages, lots and on-street spaces go into effect July 1.

After determining higher demand for on-street spots than lots or garages, the county’s Department of Transportation recommended changing the way the county applies rates in downtown Bethesda. The County Council approved the change in the FY14 budget.

Instead of the $1.25 per hour rate for short term parking (four hours or less) and the 80 cents per hour rate for long term parking (more than four hours), rates will now be determined by where drivers park.

Street spots will be $2 per hour because they are the most in demand and convenient. Spaces in surface parking lots will be $1.25 per hour and all garage parking will be 80 cents per hour.

Parking time restrictions will still apply and parking spaces may be restricted to short term or long term parking.

  • Ben Ross

    The rate changes make a lot of sense, and indeed are long overdue. If they have the desired effect of moving the more cost-conscious drivers into garages, the county should follow by posting longer time limits on the curb spaces.

    It’s important, though, to install parking meters that take credit cards on the streets as soon as possible. $2 an hour is much too high a rate to expect people to pay with quarters.

    • MechanicalTurk

      I agree. I think some do though, but you have to register online.

  • White Chocolate

    Will this effect the meters that are not in downtown Bethesda? Like near Montgomery Mall.

    • Aaron Kraut

      The changes apply only to Montgomery County-operated meters in downtown Bethesda.

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