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Parking rates are going up in Montgomery County, starting July 1 in Bethesda.
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Parking rates are going up in Montgomery County, starting July 1 in Bethesda.

Council members in Montgomery County will officially pass a budget that will have many implications for county residents, including commuters.

Parking rates at parking meters will be rising by 10 cents per hour in both Bethesda and Silver Spring. The plan also raises the cost of a monthly parking pass in a municipal garage in Bethesda from $120 to $140, and in Silver Spring from $95 to $113. The hike goes into effect in Bethesda on July 1 of this year, and on January 1, 2011 in Silver Spring.

Council members rejected a plan to charge for parking on Saturdays in Bethesda.

As for Ride On bus users, monthly passes will increase by $10 starting in July.

In a benefit to commuters, however, a program that allows students under the age of 18 to ride the bus for free was restored, after being cut last year. Students can take advantage of the program on both Ride On and Metro buses from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

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