Metro riders should expect to pay for parking, even on weekends, during events that draw big crowds into D.C. In addition, some changes may be ahead for those riders who park on Saturdays without special events.
A public hearing is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Metro headquarters. An online survey is also available through 9 a.m. the following Monday.
Metro is set to extend Saturday parking fees, extra parking fees for people who do not pay with a SmarTrip card just used to ride the system, and parking fee hours changes through the end of the year, with a recommendation that much of the “pilot” program becomes permanent.
This is the last weekend with free parking on Saturdays at Metro-owned and operated parking garages. There are also many changes launching next week that affect parking fees and rules for weekday users too. Here’s what you need to know.
The change, which will begin as a six-month pilot program, will apply at each of the system’s 36 stations with Metro-operated parking lots or garages.
A Metro Board committee is considering a number of changes to Metro parking fees, including lowering prices at underused parking lots and allowing special-event parking at some garages for an extra fee.
Metro is taking a step toward privatizing its parking lots and garages. Under the deal, parking rates could rise over the next 50 years, but private companies would be on the hook for rebuilding aging garages.
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