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Reverse commuter parking passes

I think there are a number of individuals who would actually use metro to reverse commute but have the issue of "the last mile". If METRO allowed this individuals to purchase a parking pass that would be valid for overnight parking they could then use the METRO rather than driving the entire way. For instance, if I lived in DC but worked in Gaithersburg or Germantown, I could take the metro to the Gaithersburg station pick up my car and then go to work. Because of the time these spaces would still be available for regular commuters. They could use the same permit process.


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Submitted by: Dennis E., Bethesda, Maryland

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This is a great idea. It would increase reverse direction Metro use, reduce traffic coming into and out of the city, and alleviate on-street residential parking competition on city streets. If a reverse commuter occasionally doesn't go to work on a weekday, such as if he or she is ill, then they should have to pay the daily parking charge.

by Allen Greenberg on Jul 14, 2016 10:38 pm • linkreport

+1 especially for reducing residential parking competition in DC.

by +1 on Jul 17, 2016 10:32 am • linkreport

I have often thought this would be useful. actually tried to look it up and do it since I work kind of far from the station and reverse commute, but found that its just not an option or is wicked expensive.

by Zach on Jul 20, 2016 1:15 pm • linkreport

I have seen commuters who already do this with MARC

by Al Carr on Aug 11, 2016 3:46 pm • linkreport

Commuters already do this, but essentially don't have to pay because they leave their car overnight (not sure the details as I'm a DC resident who works in DC, but have a couple of friends who do this and have told me that they never pay the parking fee).

by Cap Hill on Aug 11, 2016 3:55 pm • linkreport

If you drive out of the Metro parking lot before 10am, you do not have to pay parking. Once the gates are down, you have to pay. At this time, that is between 10am and 1am.

by Dairy Maid on Aug 11, 2016 4:33 pm • linkreport

Did WMATA change the parking rules? There was never a rule against overnight parking. The rule according to signs in the lots and WMATA's website is "Parking limited to 24 hours"...meaning you can park overnight as long as you remove the car less than 24 hours after you initially park it. If the reverse commuter parks the car at 6:30 PM and removes it at 8:30 AM, that is less than 24 hours.

Or is the thought that the permits will let you park more than 24 hours straight, so that you could legally, say, drop your car off at 6:30 PM on Friday and not move it until 8:30 AM on Monday?

I've reverse commuted before using this method before Metro came to Tysons, and never had anyone tell me I couldn't park overnight based on the current 24 hour rule.

by Mike T on Aug 11, 2016 5:36 pm • linkreport

I'm with Mike T, I always thought the only restriction was a 24-hour limit (except the designated multi-day spots at select stations such as Huntington). I live in Arlington and frequently leave my car at Wiehle overnight and I've never had a problem. Not having to pay for parking is a great bonus.

by cosmova on Aug 11, 2016 7:22 pm • linkreport

Add me to the people who are pretty sure this is already allowed. Several of my colleagues who live downtown and work in Gaithersburg do this at Shady Grove. The sign says not to park more than 24 hours, and we don't. The exit gates are generally up until around 9am, so if you leave before then, you don't have to pay.

This past week, I've been doing the same thing at Grosvenor, so as not to be part of the SafeTrack delays, and the same scheme works there, when I've left the lot, the exit gates are up.

by Andrew on Aug 12, 2016 10:44 am • linkreport

The policies seem to vary station by station. I have heard of metro employees ticketed on a weekday for parking before 4:00 a.m. at New Carrollton.

by JimT on Aug 18, 2016 3:40 pm • linkreport

This would also be a way for WMATA to gain additional revenue with no capital costs and very little operating costs. People could use WMATA garages to store cars overnight as long as they removed them early in the morning or paid additional fees.

by Mr. Transit on Aug 19, 2016 10:23 am • linkreport

How do the current rules apply to weekends? For those of you that already do a reverse commute and leave your car overnight, do you park your car at home every Friday evening and drive out to your destination station every Monday morning? Or do you leave your car at the station all weekend? I see 4 stations that have a limited number of multi-day parking spaces, so leaving it all weekend is an option for some people.

by Milan on Aug 25, 2016 1:17 pm • linkreport

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