Monday, January 19, 2009

Parking advice: take the shuttle

It's a tired adage but it's even more true this year: finding a good parking space near the Capitol is about as likely as winning the lottery.

Compounding the problem this year is the little matter of the new parking garage being built just west of the Capitol. Sounds like a good thing, and it is, except that while it's under construction -- which is now -- there are a 140 fewer spaces available for this session. (The garage is expected to be done later this year, so maybe for that special session...?)

Anyway, shuttles start tomorrow and will run through March 21 on weekdays. The buses operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and pickup locations include the DeVargas Mall, St. John's Methodist Church, San Mateo Plaza and the Toney Anaya Building.

If you take the Rail Runner to Santa Fe, you can also walk or take the free Santa Fe Pickup shuttle from the depot station.

You also could have stayed home and watched at least the work of the Senate online, but that idea got nixed, despite the web cameras that were installed . . .

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