Friday, May 2, 2008

New Bethesda Parking Garage

Today the Transportation and Environment Committee, which I chair, approved the County Executive’s proposal to construct a new parking garage south of Bethesda Avenue at Woodmont Avenue. This approximately 1,158-space garage would replace Lots #31 and #31A (279 spaces). Although this underground garage, which will be partially funded by the developer of an adjoining mixed-use project, will net 879 new public parking spaces, parking will continue to be constrained in the area, and we will continue to encourage alternative means of access such as transit and biking. Construction is scheduled to occur in fiscal years 2011-12, although you may notice some preliminary work earlier than that. Will you use this parking garage to visit existing and upcoming retail in the area, or are you more likely to walk, bike or take Metro? To learn more about this project, click on the link to the right.

1 comment:

williamjacobs said...

Until a Purple line connects the Eastern county, mass transit to Bethesda from points east will rely on bus to some degree.

Given there are no express buses to make the surface leg of the journey less arduous, the extra parking spaces are going to be needed whether we like it or not.

How can the Bethesda 8 free shuttle bus be integrated into transportation in the area? (unless it's been discontinued. Publicity for the Bethesda 8 has been scant)