Metro Announces Parking Fee Changes

photo Bethesda Metro StationMetro announced some major changes to parking beginning Monday, Feb. 5, including ending free parking on Saturdays. Parking on Sundays and federal holidays will remain free except when special event parking rules are in effect.

Metro will expand hours when parking fees are charged, lower parking fees at two stations as part of a pilot program, and being charging higher fees for non riders at additional stations. Also, a $2 fee for Saturday parking will begin Feb. 10.

Metro says the changes are necessary to avoid raising the daily parking rate on weekdays.

Parking fees will be collected two hours earlier on weekdays and end one hour later on Fridays.

New Parking Fee Hours

Parking fees will begin two hours earlier on weekdays and end one hour later on Fridays. Parking fees will also be collected on Saturdays.

Parking fees will be in effect, beginning Feb. 5, during the following hours:

  • Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Saturday Daily Parking Fee

A parking fee of $2 will be charged for Metrorail riders who park at Metro garages and lots. A higher fee at selected lots may be charged for individuals who park but do not use the rail system. Red line stations charging a non-rider parking fee include Rhode Island Ave, Rockville, Twinbrook, and White Flint.

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