Effective Monday, February 5, 2018, Metro will expand hours when parking fees are charged, lower parking fees at two stations as part of a pilot program, and begin charging higher fees for "non riders" at additional stations. In addition, a $2 fee for Saturday parking will begin February 10.
The changes will allow Metro to maximize utilization of parking facilities without increasing the daily parking rate for Metro customers on weekdays.
New Parking Fee Hours
Metro will adjust the hours when parking fees are collected to begin two hours earlier on weekdays and end one hour later on Fridays. Parking fees will also be collected on Saturdays.
Beginning February 5, parking fees will be in effect during the following hours:
- Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
- Friday 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
- Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Saturday Daily Parking Fee
On Saturdays beginning February 10, a parking fee of $2 will be charged for Metrorail riders who park at Metro garages and lots. (Individuals who park at a Metro facility but do not use the rail system may be charged a higher fee at selected lots. See "Non-Rider Parking Fees" below.) Parking on Sundays and federal holidays will remain free except when special event parking rules are in effect.
Adjusted Weekday Daily Parking Fee
The weekday parking fee will be lowered to $3 at Landover and West Falls Church to study whether lower parking rates will increase demand for parking at underutilized Metro stations.
The changes outlined above are part of a pilot program through July 2018 approved by the Metro Board of Directors and may become permanent.
Non-Rider Parking Fees
Individuals who park at Metro facilities but do not use the Metrorail system will be charged a higher "non-rider fee" (ranging from $8.70 to $10) Monday through Saturday at selected locations. Current parking fees for Metro customers are not changing. In order to receive the lower rider rate, customers must pay with the same SmarTrip card used to enter/exit Metrorail, and must exit the parking lot within 2 hours of the start of their last Metrorail trip. Metrorail customers who use a credit card at these stations will incur the non-rider fee.
NOTE: Customers who use a commuter benefits debit card to pay for parking should contact their employer about using SmartBenefits to load your parking funds to your SmarTrip card. Learn more at wmata.com/SmartBenefits.
Stations charging a non-rider fee will include:
Green Line Branch Ave, Greenbelt, Suitland
Yellow Line Huntington
Orange Line Dunn Loring, Minnesota Ave, New Carrollton*
Blue Line Franconia-Springfield, Largo Town Center
Silver Line Largo Town Center
Red Line Rhode Island Ave, Rockville, Twinbrook*, White Flint*
*Existing stations with non-rider fee
The parking enhancements are estimated to generate approximately $4 million in additional revenue to help fund Metro services.
For information about parking fees by station go to the parking page on wmata.com.
Metro is inviting employers from DC, Virginia and Maryland to learn how to they can save money on payroll taxes while offering a valuable benefit to their employees through the SmartBenefits® program. On Tuesday, January 30, Metro will host a free SmartBenefits seminar where employers can learn more about the program and get started.
SmartBenefits is Metro's IRS-compliant commuter benefits program that offers employers and employees an opportunity to save thousands of dollars in taxes using pre-tax transit benefit payroll deduction; a direct employer-paid transit benefit; or a combination of the two.
Employers can also use SmartBenefits to comply with the DC Commuter Benefits Law, which requires all employers with 20 or more employees to offer commuter transit benefits.
Unlike other benefits programs, Metro does not charge additional fees to participate in SmartBenefits. Employers may save $400 or more annually in FICA and unemployment taxes for each SmartBenefits participant. Employees who participate can save $1,000 or more in taxes every year.
Signing up is free, and employers only pay for the passes, fares or parking ordered as part of the benefits or payroll-deduction program.
To learn more about SmartBenefits, sign up for Metro's SmartBenefits Seminar:
WHEN: Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
WHERE: Metro Headquarters, 600 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 (closest Metro stops - Judiciary Sq and Gallery Place)
Interested employers should RSVP to reserve a seat.
The benefits of SmartBenefits
Metro makes providing commuting benefits easy with its SmartBenefits program. Employers can save hundreds of dollars on FICA and unemployment benefits per employee.
Statement from Metro GM/CEO Wiedefeld regarding passage of dedicated funding legislation in Virginia
Metro GM/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld on March 10, 2018 issued the following statement:
"This morning, the Virginia General Assembly passed historic legislation that will provide, for the first time, a dedicated funding source for Metro’s safety and reliability programs. On behalf of all Metro customers and employees, as well as the communities whose economic wellbeing depends on a safe, reliable Metro system, we are truly grateful."
Metro today announced nine new schools are joining Metro's University Pass program for the Spring 2018 semester.
U·Pass is now available to students enrolled in the Washington, D.C. programs at the following nine schools:
- Boston University
- Maxwell School of Syracuse University
- Wake Forest University
- University of Colorado-Boulder
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Politics and Strategy
- Calvin College
- Lutheran College
- Hope College
At about $1 per student per day, Metro's U·Pass offers an affordable transportation option for students to travel throughout the region for classes, internships, jobs and other activities.
Since the U·Pass program began in August 2016, students from American University, Washington College of Law and Carnegie Mellon University/Heinz College have taken more than 2.2 million rides on Metrorail and Metrobus using U·Pass.
The U·Pass program is available to any accredited college or university in the Metro service area. The decision to participate is made by each university community.
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