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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 06/01/2011

Traffic, parking guidelines for 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional

The USGA today relased its transportation guidelines for this month’s U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club, directing spectators traveling by car to use satellite parking and shuttle services in an effort to reduce traffic and congestion in Bethesda.

There will be no general parking or parking for spectators with disabilities in the immediate vicinity of Congressional.

Here are the parking and transportation guidelines for the Open, which will be held June 16-19, with practice rounds June 13-15:

— Montgomery County Fairgrounds and Crown Farm:
Spectators should follow event signs from I-270 to Gaithersburg.  The Crown Farm property is located on Fields Road, south of Sam Eig Highway. The USGA will operate a total of approximately 180 shuttle buses from both parking areas. The shuttles will run continuously from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day, with transportation from each lot expected to take 25 minutes.

Monday and Tuesday (June 13 and 14): All general spectators will be directed to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds located off North Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg.
Wednesday through Sunday (June 15-19): Spectators traveling north bound on I-270 from the Capital Beltway will be directed to Crown Farm, south of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

— Dulles International Airport:
Shuttle buses from the parking area at Dulles will utilize the VA 267 Access Road. This will be the most efficient way for spectators along I-95 and west of I-495 in Virginia to access the championship. A parking pass will be required to use this parking option at Dulles. Spectators should call the championship office prior to June 10 at (301) 365-5500 to receive their parking pass.

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

— There will be a passenger, taxi or limousine drop-off location at the Norwood School on Bradley Blvd:

Vehicles (15-passenger and smaller) should access this area via the Capital Beltway (I-495), taking exit 39 (MD 190/River Road).  Vehicles will travel west on River Road, turn right onto Seven Locks Road and make a subsequent left onto Bradley Boulevard. The passenger, taxi or limousine drop-off will NOT BE accessible via River Road. Norwood School will also serve as the designated site for bicycle parking.
Groups of spectators arriving at the championship by private coach bus or mini bus will not be allowed to access the passenger, taxi or limousine drop-off. They will be directed by law enforcement personnel to park at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, where U.S. Open shuttles will transport them to the championship.

The last U.S. Open held at Congressional in 1997 was marred by traffic tie-ups on Montgomery County roads, and an inital shortage of shuttles kept spectators waiting hours in 90-degree heat.

"Thousands of fans yesterday waited in long lines for as much as 2 1/2 hours for shuttle buses to take them from satellite parking lots at Tysons Corner and Rockville to Congressional,” wrote Post staff writer Leonard Shapiro after Wednesday’s practice round in 1997.

Tournament organizers then added 52 shuttles to bring the total to 142. There will be appromimately 180 shuttles for this year’s Open.

Click here for the complete transportation guidelines and expected high-traffic areas during tournament week.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  11:06 AM ET, 06/01/2011

 
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