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Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 12/27/2010

Glenmont Metro gets new garage

By Luke Rosiak

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.

By Luke Rosiak  | December 27, 2010; 10:46 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Metro, Red Line  
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Glad they are building another garage, but the Kiss-and-Ride on that side of the street is very useful as it's easier to access from southbound Georgia Ave. It's also a good location for cars picking up to wait as the Kiss-and-Ride on the eastern side of Georgia has a long line of taxis taking up most of the idleing space.

Will there still be a kiss-and-ride on that side after the garage is completed?

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | December 27, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I hope they also do something about the traffic light there for the western kiss and ride (and soon to be new parking garage).

When there is a green light for the kiss and ride, drivers make their left turn onto Georgia North as if the light is just for them. However, the light is also green for traffic coming in the opposite direction on Glenallen.
Once the parking lot is open, there will be more cars heading straight into the parking garage from glenallen and straight into those left turners leaving the kiss and ride/parking garage side.

Posted by: MarilynManson | December 27, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Will the western entrance still be open during construction?

Posted by: B-rod | December 27, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Given how many people are using Glenmont, though, there is a case to be made for further expanding the red line at both ends. There is a huge swath of MoCo that is not well served by METRO. Even though there are buses that connect to METRO stations, the amount of time needed to take a bus to the rail station and then to a destination downtown far exceeds the amount of time it takes to drive. I would (gladly) use mass transit more if it were easier to use...even if it did cost more to use.

Posted by: HigherEducationAdvocate | December 27, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree with HigherEducationAdvocate about the need to expand Metro further out to serve areas where there is demand. However this shouldn't be done without figuring out a way to maintain service closer in. It's already difficult (or impossible) to get on to some trains closer in and that problem would need to be solved first.

Posted by: Razor04 | December 27, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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