June 10, 2011 — Coral Gables — To make it easier for motorists to find spaces and to reduce traffic around campus, a new parking management program will be implemented in August 2011 on the Coral Gables campus. The new program will divide parking into six separate zones, and the sale of permits for each zone will be matched to the capacity for that zone. In other words, there will be a limited number of permits sold in each zone. The same total number of permits will be issued.
The new program has the following goals:
• More evenly distribute parking across campus and increase usage of underutilized spaces.
• Significantly reduce parking “orbits” and traffic on neighboring roadways.
• Give permit holders increased probability of finding parking where their permit is valid.
• Provide more flexibility in managing parking inventory as demand and University needs change.
This new system will work as follows: Faculty, staff, and students will be able to apply online or in person to select a permit within their preferred zone based on availability. Once a zone is sold out, it will no longer be available for purchase. In this case, applicants can then select from the remaining options and, if desired, go on a waiting list for their preferred zone.
“We are aware of the issues encountered by the University community with regard to parking on our campus. We anticipate that this plan will provide a more balanced approach to utilizing our capacity,” said Richard Sobaram, director of Parking and Transportation Services. “Over the last few years, the University has implemented several strategies to address parking and traffic congestion on the Coral Gables campus and surrounding roadways. These include restrictions on first-year residents and University Village residents. This new program is another step in our long-term goal of reducing parking congestion and improving traffic circulation.”
The application process will start in July, and permits will be sold to specific groups based on an established distribution hierarchy on a first-come, first-served basis within these groups. The distribution hierarchy is listed below with specific dates for selection to be communicated at a later date. Please note that Fall 2011 prices will not be affected by this change, and faculty and staff may retain the same permit type in subsequent years if they choose to do so.
Early July 2011: All faculty and staff
Mid-July 2011: All returning students
Late July 2011: New students, including transfers, new law and new graduate students. This does NOT include first-year students who are residing on campus.
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