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Downtown Silver Spring Parking Rates Increased

All meters should be switched over to the new parking rates by the end of January, a county official told the Washington Examiner.

A relatively small bump in county parking rates for downtown Silver Spring is expected to generate $350,000 in the next six months, the Washington Examiner reports. 

Parking on the street and in county-owned lots and garages will now cost $1 an hour for short-term parking—that's four hours or less—and 65 cents an hour for parking more than four hours, according to the Montgomery County Department of Transportation website. That's an increase from the previous prices of 75 cents an hour for short-term and 60 cents an hour for long-term.

Parking permits in Silver Spring will now cost $123 for monthly convenience stickers, up from $113. (See all parking rates here.) 

The rates went into effect Jan. 1, although it may be the end of January before all meters and pay stations are switched over, a county official told the newspaper. 

The county projects that the increases will bring in approximately $350,000 for the rest of fiscal year 2013, ending on June 30, and another $700,000 in fiscal year 2014, according to Rick Siebert, head of the division of parking management. 

Craig January 02, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Awesome. More fees for working stiffs. More regressive fees for people who need to drive down and park in the downtown area. At least this isn't downtown Chicago - yet. They pay $6.25 an HOUR to park downtown someplaces! BIG GOVERNMENT never stops. Gotta feed the beast.
jag January 03, 2013 at 06:14 AM
Huh? Are you kidding me? You think the quarters you spend on parking in a garage in DTSS is the real cost of that land and garage? Heck no, not even close. We subside the crap out of driving/parking so "working stiffs" like you, apparently, can still feel entitled and cry about paying said quarters. What a baby. Blame government? Yeah, blame government for spoiling you to the point where paying a freakin dollar makes you whine and pretend to be a victim.
Ian Brett Cooper January 03, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Unfortunately, I doubt this will do anything towards getting most people's lard-asses out of their fattening, polluting and stinky automobiles and onto more healthy and sustainable forms of transportation. They'll just pay the extra and go on being a drag on our health insurance premiums. As Craig says - 'Gotta feed the beast', but the beast isn't big government - it's the insurance companies who make a bundle out of the heart attacks that await the 50% of us who are grossly overweight and whose main form of exercise involves pushing a gas pedal. What government ought to do is stick an extra few DOLLARS per hour on the parking rates - and on gasoline taxes too. That might get the attention of our blubbery brethren. Of course, then we'd have to deal with the horror that is a bunch of wobble-bottoms wheezing their way towards downtown Rockville to protest. Let's hope the exercise doesn't kill the fat slobs.
Craig January 04, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Let's see @jag, we also paid a LOT of money for the DTSS "transit center" - scheduled to open in spring of 2012. How did that project work out? Getting our bang for the buck? Open yet? Buses rolling through there? Plenty of parking? No. Of course not. It continues to sit, empty. A few quarters here, a few fees there. It's all nothing to 1%er jag and other rich libs. Sorry, I work hard for my money and I want to save it, invest it and grow it by paying for products and employing other people, not wasting it through government. OF COURSE we need to pay for a lot of things that government provides... but guess what, NOBODY, not even the great jag, knows what these things cost because government subsidy, tax and grant policy has distorted everything. EVER READ a government financial statement? Feel like explaining it?
Craig January 04, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Should we also ban segways? What about the metro? I mean, I am not burning that many calories sitting on the metro. Maybe we should require everyone to walk at least 3 miles per day. I nominate thee "walking czar" sir Cooper. Long my thy government prosper!

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