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Insta Q&A: Park It and Ride

Christina Talcott

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  | Category:  Insta-Q&A , K.C. Summers , Mid-Atlantic Destinations , Travel Logistics
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Depending on timing, you could take the VRE in?

There are many neighborhoods near metro stops with unrestricted street parking, especially now that street sweeping is suspended for the winter. I suppose you'd have to decide how comfortable you are with leaving your car on the street, because the nicer the neighborhood, the more likely the parking is to be restricted.

For me, part of the appeal of these buses is their proximity to metro, so parking has never been an issue - I just leave the car at home.

Posted by: oceanchild | December 10, 2008 3:07 PM

Uh, K.C., Archie doesn't really want to go to DCA. He is looking for a place to park his car near a Bolt Bus/Megabus pickup point. A SuperShuttle to DCA wouldn't really help him, unless he then wanted to take Metro from DCA to Metro Center or Rosslyn to get on the bus.

Posted by: mclean22101 | December 10, 2008 10:58 PM

Try http://dc.bestparking.com/ . You can find garages by location or by rate

Posted by: dixon2000 | December 12, 2008 5:07 PM

Why would Archie want to go to the airport to take the bus?

Posted by: subwayguy | December 17, 2008 12:40 PM

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