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Greenbelt Metro Station Parking Full

Well, it didn't take long to abandon Plan A. While I was still at the Maryland park and ride, officials announced that the Greenbelt Metro station, my intended next stop, already was filled with cars. So I'm heading for Silver Spring Station on the Red Line.

The Greenbelt Station's parking lot, with 3,399 all-day spaces, is one of the biggest in the Metro system and one of the easiest for drivers to reach from a highway. It's an easy exit off the inner loop of the Capital Beltway. Such end of the line stations were likely to fill up fast this morning.

Once you're inside the Greenbelt parking area, the vast field of asphalt can be a bit confusing, especially in the dark, when most drivers are likely to see it today. It's like a mall parking lot, without the mall to provide a focal point.

Some of the spaces nearest the station entrance are marked as reserved, but the reserved parking is not in effect on this federal holiday. (The reserved parking rules will be back in effect on Wednesday.)

Greenbelt Station is also the southern terminal of the B30 Metrobus, which takes people to and from BWI Marshall Airport. There's extra service on the line today in anticipation of inauguration travelers.

Here's a map of the station area.

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By Robert Thomson  |  January 20, 2009; 4:30 AM ET
Categories:  Inauguration  
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