Fewer Parking Spaces at Franconia-Springfield Metro Station

By Yamiche Alcindor
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 21, 2009; 12:54 PM

There will be as many as 220 fewer parking spaces at the Franconia-Springfield Metro station beginning Oct. 1, Metro announced Monday. About 4,800 parking spaces will remain at the station at the end of Blue Line.

The reduction in parking is part of a garage rehabilitation project slated to last 18 to 20 months. The project, which will happen in 12 phases, includes concrete, structural and electrical repairs of the 12-year-old facility, which opened in June 1997, Metro said.

Metro is encouraging drivers who cannot find parking at the station to try several alternatives, including parking for free at Springfield Mall in the Macy's parking facility, at the Backlick Park and Ride facility, or at the Gambrill Park and Ride facility. Metro is advising drivers who use these alternative lots to ride the Fairfax Connector to Metro stations. For a detailed list of the alternative commuting options, read the announcement.

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