Parking Services Addresses UPIC Survey Results

Posted: April 29, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

As a result of the University Process Improvement Council (UPIC) support services survey conducted last year, Parking Services was identified as an area that faculty and staff members would like to see improved.

The top concern expressed on the survey was the lack of convenient faculty/staff parking on the Fairfax Campus. The university response to that demand is to build a 1,200-car, reserved-status parking deck in the east end of Lot B. This lot location is inside Patriot Circle and provides the most convenient access to the south and central parts of campus. The project is currently under way with groundbreaking expected in September and completion during the fall 2004 semester.

During the construction phase, all of the remaining parking spaces in Lot B will be set aside for the exclusive use of faculty and staff. Persons holding reserved spaces in Lot B displaced by the construction of the new deck will be offered other reserved spaces in Lot B or, for a higher cost, a reserved space in the existing deck.

Also, in the summer and fall last year, Lot F was expanded to add an additional 100 general spaces. This was done in anticipation of the Lot B construction. During the construction this summer, a reconfiguration of Lot K is expected to yield an additional 200 general spaces. The opening of Liberty Square (Housing V) will add 400 restricted spaces for the student residents of that complex, thus removing their cars from the other student lots.

The second most expressed concern was students parking in faculty/staff parking lots, especially at the start of each semester.

In response to this concern the Parking Office will deploy additional, temporary parking technicians for six weeks at the start of each semester. Currently there are two or three employees on duty during the day and one or two in the evening. For the first six weeks of the fall and spring semesters, two additional technicians will work during the day and one at night for a total of four or five during the day and two or three at night. The employees will be given specific instructions to concentrate on cars without parking decals and cars parked in restricted areas. The goal of this enforcement will be to encourage students, faculty, and staff members to purchase decals and to encourage correct parking habits at the start of the semester.

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