June 24, 2013

Coming July 1: New Parking Rates for Bethesda, Montgomery Hills

The new public parking rate pricing structure in Bethesda will charge more for the spaces in highest demand and will eliminate differences between long- and short- term parking.

Effective July 1, charges will be based on the type of parking used. The new rates will be: $2 per hour for on-street parking meters; $1.25 per hour for surface parking lots; and $.80 per hour for garage parking. Current rates in Bethesda are $1.25 per hour for short-term parking (four hours or less) and $.80 per hour for long-term parking (greater than four hours). Time restrictions still apply, and parking spaces may be restricted to short- or long-term parking.

In Montgomery Hills, the new rates will be $.50 per hour for both short- and long-term parking.

For additional information on parking rates and options in Bethesda, Montgomery Hills and the other County parking lot districts, visit the Division of Parking Management’s website, call 240-777-8740 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or email the Parking Division at parking@montgomerycountymd.gov.





5 comments:

  1. Would really like to know why Bethesda & "Montgomery Hills" are the only ones with rate increases? That is rather discriminatory don't you think? I would think at the rate parking tickets are written in this area the County made plenty of money from this area. Really hard for hourly workers in this area to keep up with this selective price increase.

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    1. The Department of Transportation's Division of Parking Management says, "The County took this opportunity to fundamentally change, and we believe, improve the parking rate structure." The new rate structure begins to introduce the idea that parking rates should be based on the desirability of location. Now, for example, in Bethesda, the highest rates are for the most desirable on-street spaces, while the lowest rates are in the garages. The rate change in Bethesda did not increase parking rates in all locations -- short-term parking rates in garages decreased. Each of the County's Parking Lot Districts is separate and financially self-supporting so, for instance, the funding of operations in Bethesda and Montgomery Hills comes from fees collected in each of these areas.

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  2. Is the County trying t drive Bethesda restaurants & businesses out of business with theses outrageous rates?!!!! The new rates will be: $2 per hour for on-street parking meters;$1.25 per hour for short-term parking

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  3. This raise on parking fees, almost double, may drastically affect not the people who come for the occasional shopping and dining, but the ones who need to come to Bethesda regularly and work. One more measure, together with spikes in rentals driving away many traditional family businesses, to make Bethesda a place accessible by only a few. This is a very arbitrary decision.

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    1. The Division of Parking Management explains that traditionally, shorter-term parkers have been charged a higher rate per hour, which, in essence, provided a discount to longer term parkers. The new rate structure presents the idea that parking rates should be based on desirability of location. Most folks would prefer to park on-street rather than in a garage. The new rate structure recognizes this for the first time. Now, the highest rates are for the most desirable on-street locations, with the lowest rates for the garages. This gives people much more control over what they choose to pay. It discourages people from circling the block to find an open on-street spot, and it encourages those who would like to pay less to park in a garage and perhaps walk a bit farther to their destination. We believe the new rate structure is fundamentally more customer friendly.

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