Insta Q&A: Park It and Ride
Those cheapo inter-city bus lines like Bolt Bus and Megabus are great -- but what if you want to drive to the pickup point from the far suburbs and need a place to park your car? That's the dilemma of reader Archie Andrews of Burke. (Archie, we're going to spare you the comic book jokes, okay?) Archie writes:
While the increase in bus services to NYC has been given much coverage, there has been no mention of [overnight] satellite parking to get to these buses. I live in Burke and the closest I have been able to find is National Airport -- which has recently raised its parking rates to $12 a day. Could you please offer overnight parking lots?
Archie, I couldn't find any cheap overnight lots for you. Union Station's rates are way higher than National's, at $18 a day. But here are a few suggestions:
* Bum a ride from a friend or relative. Somebody must owe you for something.
* Got any friends in Arlington, Bethesda, or other urban-friendly suburb? Ask if you can park in their driveway, then hop on the subway to DCA.
* Price out the cost of taking a cab or SuperShuttle to DCA. Depending on the length of your stay in NY, it might just be cheaper than forking over $12 a day at National.
* Take a combination of bus and light rail from Burke to DCA. Metro's Web site plotted out a trip by bus from Burke Centre Community Parking Lot & VRE Station to the Pentagon Metro station, where you catch the Blue Line to DCA. Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes. Cost: $4.35.
Readers? Got any other ideas for Archie?
By Christina Talcott |
December 9, 2008; 10:55 AM ET
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