More than 100 spaces off-limits at Huntington Metro

WASHINGTON — It came as a surprise to some commuters: Parking spots in the garage at the Huntington Metro station were cordoned off with no explanation.

Metro said parking spots have been taken away while crews conduct a structural analysis of the garage. At 32, the Huntington garage is the oldest Metro-owned garage in the system.

“About 100 general parking spaces near the escalator and some reserved parking spaces are off-limits until the analysis is complete,” Metro spokesman Richard Jordan wrote in an e-mail. “Those with reserved parking spaces were notified by e-mail and were assigned new parking.

“Until we have the results of the structural analysis,” he continued, “we cannot estimate how long parking will be limited in the section of the garage.”

But an Alexandria woman who commutes from Huntington said Metro did a poor job communicating with the general public.

“There has been no information or announcement from METRO as to the reason,” wrote one listener. “Changes are being made and it is causing lots of confusion, especially in the morning rush.”

Metro admitted that not everyone got the message beforehand.

“There are signs in the parking garage indicating what parking spaces are off-limited,” Jordan wrote. “An e-mail with more detailed information went out to those with reserved parking [since we have contact information for those customers]. However, there is not a notice online at this time.”

He adds that if the structural analysis finds that repairs are necessary, then Metro will issue an advisory to the public.

But the listener says some of the parking spots have been closed for months.

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