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In the coming months, staff at Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) can expect more than 1,700 additional parking spaces on base, as well as added measures to help mitigate traffic.

Next month, a multi-purpose garage is scheduled for completion, providing approximately 1,200 spaces. An underground garage, part of a new administrative building, Building 17, is also expected to be completed next month providing, roughly, another 550 spaces. A portion of these spaces in Building 17 will be reserved for wounded warriors.

Also, in the G lot, 50 spaces recently opened, which were previously occupied due to construction at the North Gate, said Jeff Miller, NSAB transportation program manager.

Miller noted that renovations at the North Gate, which include four lanes of travel, are expected to be completed at the end of this month. In the morning, three of these four lanes will be inbound, and three will be outbound in the evening. Also, helping to ease the flow of traffic on and off base, in the near future there will be a traffic light at the North Gate, he said.

In the evenings, to help traffic move more quickly off base, Miller suggests taking an alternate route, such as Md. 355, and both the North and South Gate become congested during peak hours.

"Staff should consider using the Jones Bridge Road exits. Departing via the North or South Gate onto Md-355 is not always the most efficient way," he said.

Miller also encourages staff to consider alternative ways to commute, such as Mass Transit, carpooling, bicycling or walking, if they live nearby. For those who take the Metro, there are a host of parking lots adjacent to Metro facilities and/or park-and-rides throughout the National Capital Area. Staff members can drive to these locations, then use their transit benefits for the remaining portion of their commute. This week, commuters can pick up transit benefits for this quarter on Thursday and Friday in the hallway outside of the upper entrance to Laurel Clark Memorial Auditorium in Building 10, 2nd deck between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For details on how to apply for transit benefits visit https://nnmcintra/SiteDirectory/Facilities/commuter/Frequently%20Asked%20Questions/Forms/AllItems.aspx on the intranet, or www.whs.mil/DFD/Info/NCRTransitSubsidy.cfm.

To learn more about commuter programs, such as carpooling, visit www.mwcog.org/commuter2, and to find out where Metro's 42 stations and adjacent parking facilities are located, visit http://wmata.com/rail/parking.