Parking committee offers final recommendations
Observer Staff Report | Friday, February 3, 2017
University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves convened a parking committee in February 2016 made up of faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students. They analyzed four specific aspects of parking on campus: the on-campus shuttle service, surface lot parking, the possibility of a parking garage and the reserved parking pilot program.
Final recommendations were submitted at the end of November and shared with students in an email Wednesday from Affleck-Graves. At first priority was the shuttle. The committee suggested changes such as combining the current routes into one route that accesses the majority of campus, investing in shuttle technology advancements, improving shuttle system visibility and continuing to use an outside vendor for shuttle services, instead of a University-owned shuttle service.
The construction of a parking garage came in as the second priority and the committee suggested the University build a 1,000- to 1,200-car parking garage in the vicinity of Legends. This garage would be open to faculty, staff and students that would have to pay a daily or hourly rate. Overnight parking would not be permitted.
As for surface lots, a proposal was made for a new paved surface lot in 2018 following the demolition of the O’Hara-Grace apartments. They also suggested a new paved surface lot on the green space east of Innovation Park. Increased technology and short-term parking were among topics discussed in regards to these surface lots.
The committee also considered the possibility of a bike-sharing program but has not come up with any definitive plans other than to further explore the option. As for the reserved parking pilot program, the committee will gather more input from faculty and staff before making recommendations on the program.