Glenmont Metro gets new garage
Construction will begin next Monday and continue for about a year on a second six-story parking garage at Glenmont station.
The garage will be across Georgia Avenue from the station, and the kiss-and-ride on that side of the street will close Monday.
The 1,200-space garage should open in early 2012, Metro said, and will bring total parking at Glenmont to nearly 3,000 spaces. The new garage will cost $24.7 million and will be slightly smaller than the existing one, which holds nearly 1,800 cars.
The parking lot at the eastern terminus of the Red line often fills up early, forcing some riders coming from Olney and other northern suburbs to drive to closer-in stations such as Wheaton to park.
The area around the station is also less built-up than most on the Red line, surrounded by open space and relatively low-density uses, such as churches and a strip mall with a large parking lot. Though there is an existing tunnel under Georgia Ave. from the kiss-and-ride on the western side, that entrance is not widely used.
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