The Bethesda Avenue - Elm Street Parking Garage and vicinity.

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We selected the Bethesda Avenue parking garage because it is distant from the Metro Station. We felt that chances of finding a parking space would be best some distance from the Metro Station. This garage is also fairly close to the residential area.We drove to Bethesda because travel time is about 1/3 that of using the transit option from Reston. There are over 17 parking garages and lots in Bethesda.

Bethesda Ave parking garage at 10:30 am

This is the ramp to the top level of the parking garage at 10:30 am on a Friday in April. This is the long term parking section with meter rates of 65 cents per hour. The meter takes coins or you can pay using your cell phone. See for details. Short term parking is on the lower floors and is $1.00 per hour for a maximun of 3 hours. Montgomery County is considering raising the parking rates and eliminating free Saturday parking because of budget deficits. The parking in Reston Town Center is privately owned and free at the moment.

Behtesda Ave garage at ramp to top floor around 12:30 pm.

This is the same ramp around 12:30 pm on the same day. The top floor of the parking garage is nearly filled and there is a long line of cars arriving. We can only guess that people are driving here from places like the National Institute of Health where there is a Metro station. An individual would pay $3.50 to take the Metro here versus $1.30 for 2 hours of parking. A group of people would save considerably more. People tend to ignore the cost per mile of operating a vehicle.


View of parking garages to south of our garage.

This is a view to the south of our parking garage. Notice there is considerable vehicle parking in buildings.


This is a look at our parking garage entrance from Bethesda Ave.

This is the Bethesda Ave. entrance to our parking garage. There was a similar entrance to this garage on Elm St. The entrance is next to the building on the right.


This bicycle rack was installed at the entrance to the parking garage.

This is a bicycle rack at the entrance to the parking garage. This is about one half block from the Capital Crescent bicycle trail crossing.

This bus stop for the free Bethesda Circulator Bus was near the entrance to the parking garage. Click here for a map of the bus route.

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