Monday, April 13

The cost of monthly parking could increase by $9 per month in certain Silver Spring garages beginning July 1, if a proposal by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation is approved by the County Council. The proposal calls for the cost of a "Monthly Convenience Sticker," which currently allows unlimited parking in all County-owned garages except the Wayne Avenue and Town Center garages, to increase from $123 per month to $132 per month. Under the proposal, however, the cost could be less for garage-specific access in locations that the County considers have been "underutilized" or are not in locations convenient to Silver Spring businesses. The proposal also calls for increasing hourly rates throughout Silver Spring and doing away with the differential between short-term (currently $0.65 per hour for the first four hours) and long-term (currently $1.00 per hour more than four hours).  Instead, the cost of all on-street parking would increase to $1.00 per hour.  Parking in a certain surface lots would cost $0.80 per hour, and parking in certain parking garages would cost $0.80 per hour. These rates could be lower in less-convenient locations. Enforcement hours for all on-street parking would remain from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and for all lots and garages from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. A public hearing on this proposal is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. Members interested in testifying should call 240-777-7803. Members who have concerns about this proposal, but are unable to testify should call Jane Redicker at the Chamber.