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Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Headed to the U.S. Open? Here are your options.

[This post has been updated]

June 17, 5:55 p.m. Update: Montgomery County says shuttle bus passes between Grosvenor-Strathmore Station on Metro’s Red Line and Congressional Congressional Country Club have sold out for the remainder of the U.S. Open.

As a result the county plans to operate Ride On Bus Route 36 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The route, which serves Congressional Country Club from the Bethesday Metro Station, normally runs only on weekdays.

Passengers should disembark at the bus stop at the Connelly School, 9029 Bradley Blvd., and follow the pedestrian bridge over Bradley to the fifth hole gate, county officials said.

Original post: The U.S. Open, which started Monday with practice rounds at Congressional Country Club in Potomac, may draw 250,000 spectators. Traffic is likely to be at its worst Thursday through Sunday during tournament play, although reports from the surrounding neighborhood indicate that driving has already become a challenge. The best way to get there will be via shuttle buses.

Travelers: Note that the shuttle from the Grosvenor Metro station costs $8, while the shuttles from various parking areas are free to ticket holders.

“Traffic volumes in the vicinity of the club will be heavy, so utilizing the satellite parking system will be the fastest, most convenient way to get to the open,” said Emil Wolanin, the chief traffic engineer for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation.

Parking: Montgomery County Fairgrounds and Crown Farm
For practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday: All general spectators will be directed to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, located off North Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg.

From Wednesday through Sunday: The Fairgrounds is the preferred option for spectators traveling southbound on I-270. Spectators traveling northbound on I-270 should park at Crown Farm, located on Fields Road, south of Sam Eig Highway.

Shuttles will run continuously from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day, with transportation expected to take 25 minutes.

Drop-off area: The Norwood School
There will be no general parking or parking for spectators with disabilities in the immediate vicinity of Congressional Country Club.
The passenger, taxi and limousine drop-off location is located across the street, at the Norwood School on Bradley Blvd.

Metro: Shuttle from Grosvenor

[These passes have sold out, according to Montgomery County]

Spectators taking Metro can reserve a spot in advance on a shuttle from the Red Line’s Grosvenor-Strathmore Station by visiting tms-llc.com.
Daily shuttle passes, good for unlimited trips during the day, are $8. A weekly shuttle pass is $35, which will provide unlimited shuttle service through Sunday. Children ages 12 and younger do not need shuttle passes.

Ticketing and Towing

Vehicles parked illegally will be ticketed. However, vehicles parked illegally along shuttle bus routes will be towed. Motorists can call 301-279-8000 to locate their towed vehicle.

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By Washington Post Editors  |  11:17 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Categories:  Events, Montgomery County

 
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