New parking plans receive approval

    Months after announcing the Campus Planning Office’s projected displacement of over 1,100 “”S”” parking spaces by April 2004, the Transportation Policy Committee issued its first set of formal recommendations on April 25.

    Jake Mumm
    Guardian

    The recommendations made to Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs Steven W. Relyea have since been approved by the campus and will be implemented, according to Transportation and Parking Services Director Greg Snee.

    Concluding that the current parking supply will “”barely meet demand”” next year but will not in 2004-05, the TPC recommended supplementing the Cityshuttle system, completing construction of temporary east campus surface parking lots, re-striping parking stalls and appointing a work group to address ways to equitably implement limitations on freshman resident parking for 2004-05.

    Restrictions on freshman resident parking will not be imposed next year since the campus parking demand is expected to be met.

    “”Even with the loss of 509 parking spaces next year due to construction, coupled with additional parking demand from increased student enrollment, the parking system should be able to accommodate demand [next year] if these surface lots are built and if additional faculty, staff and students utilize the expanded Cityshuttle service,”” Snee said.

    However, due to increasing campus enrollment and several campus construction projects that will displace current parking spaces, the TPC found that existing parking will not meet demand in 2004-05.

    “”Because of this projection, measures such as the equitable implementation of limitations on freshman resident parking will be developed for the Fall of 2004,”” Snee said.

    The Cityshuttle service will be expanded to six buses in fall 2003, providing service to an expanded area and reducing the service interval from 10 to eight minutes. The Cityshuttle currently services over 3,600 riders per day on average.

    Temporary lots will also be used to alleviate parking strain. The campus has begun planning for up to four temporary parking lots on the east side of campus, according to Snee. T&PS will also re-stripe current east campus lots to create about 100 new parking spaces.

    Over 2,700 parking spaces are projected to be displaced by 2005-06 due to the construction of student housing facilities on north campus, a pharmacy building, a management school and parking structures in Revelle College and Thurgood Marshall College, among other projects, according to Campus Planning Office data.

    Upon completion, the parking structures and construction projects are expected to create over 3,300 new spaces by 2006, but due to expected enrollment numbers, the additional spaces will only bring the projected spaces per capita figure up to .39.

    Currently, there are about .42 spaces per capita. The industry standard is .41, which provides for about a 90 percent peak occupancy rate.

    The number of spaces per capita is projected to dip as low as .32 by fall 2005 if no new measures are implemented, according to Campus Planning Office data.

    The Revelle College parking structure, which will be located on Revelle College Drive, is scheduled to be completed in January 2006, and the Marshall College parking structure, which will be located on the corner of Voight Drive and Hopkins Drive, is scheduled to be completed in September 2006. North Campus Housing is also scheduled for September 2006 completion.

    The TPC advises the Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs on the development of transportation programs and facilities and is comprised of representatives from faculty, staff, administration, the Graduate Student Association, the college council system and Associated Students.

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