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Metro to Provide 60,000 Parking Spaces at Stations

Metro will provide 60,000 parking spaces at its train stations on inauguration day Jan. 20, far more than the initial figure the transit authority had expected. The extra space became available because the agency, which had planned to provide parking for 1,100 charter buses, has received just 35 requests from bus companies.

Parking will be available to the public at all stations except at Minnesota Avenue, whose lot will be reserved for Metro employees. The facilities will open at 3:30 a.m. and it will cost $4 to park. The Metro trains begin service at 4 a.m. on Jan. 20. Vehicles with more than 15 people will not be permitted to park or drop people off because of security concerns, the agency said.

Though far fewer charters buses have requested permission to park at Metro lots than expected, that does not necessarily mean attendance will be low. Federal and District officials have said that buses will be allowed to park south of P Street NW in downtown Washington.

By David A Nakamura  |  January 6, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  | Category:  Transportation
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