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 15, 2012
The survey results will help Montgomery County's Department of Economic Development, as it tries to flesh out a new small business assistance program.
A survey of small businesses in the Wheaton Urban District found that the top three "immediate business concerns" are parking, rent and safety. The Wheaton Redevelopment Program, which is part of the county's Department of General Services, conducted the survey in April and May. There was a 36 percent response rate; of the 298 surveys given to businesses, 108 were returned. Peter McGinnity of the Wheaton Redevelopment Program said the survey will help to inform the county's Department of Economic Development, as it tries to flesh out Bill 6-12. The bill, which was passed earlier this year by the County Council, calls for assistance to small businesses negatively affected by county development projects. The survey showed that the top …
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 …
Monday, June 11, 2012
ABC7 highlights the issue of towing in Montgomery County.
With Montgomery County feeling the parking crunch, have you been towed after parking in a lot and “walking off” to a different establishment? Or worse, have you seen your car unfairly towed from the lot of the business in which you were shopping? ABC7 recently highlighted the issue of towing in Montgomery County—30,000 cars last year alone, according to ABC7—and spoke with a family who says their car was unfairly towed. Towing is the No. 1 complaint fielded by the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection, according to the report. “We really are in crisis mode in Montgomery County with respect to non-consensual towing,” Eric Friedman, Office of Consumer Protection director, told ABC7. “They’re just hiding, waiting for someone to walk…
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Public hearing set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.
The community can weigh in Tuesday evening at a public hearing before the Montgomery County Council on a proposal that would hike Ride On bus fares. The proposal also calls for charging for parking in Bethesda and Silver Spring on Saturdays and raising parking fees in Bethesda, Silver Spring and Wheaton. The proposal, introduced by County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) in March as a part of his recommended operating budget, includes: Other changes that have not been formally proposed but may be on the table for public comment include charging Silver Spring parkers until 10 p.m. and raising the short and long-term parking rates in the Wheaton parking lot district from 50 cents an hour to 60 cents an hour, along with hiking a monthly pass in …
The Kensington mayor and council met on Monday, April 23.
At Monday's night mayor and council meeting, Mayor Peter Fosselman and others thanked the coordinators for the Day of the Book for their hardwork on the event. Here's what was discussed.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Kensington town staff will discuss the findings of their parking study Monday night at town hall.
A parking study conducted by Kensington town staff shows that on average the town has about a 46 percent vacancy rate in public spaces. Town Manager Sanford W. Daily said on six separate occasions, including weekdays and one weekend, town staff counted parking spaces in the town’s public lots as well as the numerous privately-owned lots in Kensington and marked them as vacant or in use. “When I started (this job), people were saying there wasn’t any parking for businesses,” Daily said, “so I thought I’d find out.” Dennis McCurdy, the president of Kensington Business District Association, said business owners feel like MARC commuters have taken up the parking in town that is available all day and in close proximity to downtown. “There isn’t…