garage to reshuffle parking
fall's scheduled opening of a new parking garage at the football
stadium, which adds a net of 250 new spaces to the University's
parking inventory, has created an opportunity to implement an
idea that Parking
and Transportation has kicked around for many years, said
director Al Whalley.
as soon as September, Health System commuters will be assigned
their own area in Scott Stadium's west lots. Those who work on
Central and West Grounds will be given space in the western lots
at University Hall (those between U-Hall and Klockner Stadium),
with a new express bus route to get them to and from their work
changes, plus additional higher-priced reserved space south and
east of the stadium to serve those who work in Central and West
Grounds, should provide greater efficiency for almost everyone
involved, Whalley said.
the current system, blue permit holders park either at the stadium
or University Hall. On weekdays, University Transit Service provides
shuttle buses to the Medical Center from both areas during peak
hours, as well as regularly scheduled service from both locations
to Central Grounds via the blue route from 7:23 a.m. until 12:23
the new system, shuttles to the Health Sciences Center will run
only from the stadium lots, and a new peak-hours shuttle running
every 15 minutes will take those who park at U-Hall directly to
Central Grounds via Alderman Road, bypassing the more congested
Emmet Street. Other current routes will continue, although service
on the green route, which runs between between Copeley Housing,
U-Hall and the Medical Center, will be cut to every 30 minutes
rather than every 15, Whalley said.
"I think it's a reasonable approach at this time in the life
of the good old U of V-A," he said. "Of course, not
everyone will be satisfied."
Those with commuter (blue) permits who currently park at the stadium
and walk to their workplaces on Central and West Grounds will
have to choose another option. Under the new plan, they may upgrade
to a more expensive green permit in the E3 (south of the stadium)
or T4 (east of the stadium) lots, or park at University Hall and
either ride the new bus into Grounds or walk.
parking is not meant to be cheap parking next to your building,"
new 600-space stadium garage will be added to the current E3 lot,
for a total of approximately 785 permit spaces, and sold at the
mid-range parking rate, which is scheduled to go to $18 per month
this summer. Those whose departments are being moved to the rebuilt
Bryant Hall -- University Career Services, the Athletic Ticket
Office, the Virginia Student Aid Foundation, among others -- will
be offered E3 permits, as will current blue-permit holders who
work in Central and West Grounds and many of those currently on
the E3 waiting list. The stadium will also have about 75 parking
spaces for visitors to the Bryant Hall offices.
320-space T4 lot, between the stadium and the Engineering School,
will also expand. T4 permits, which also cost $25 per month, will
be offered to displaced blue permit holders and the entire T4
waiting list. Any remaining spaces will be offered on a yearly,
non-renewable basis, allowing for future Engineering School expansion.
Sciences commuters parking at the stadium will be given distinctive
permits, but at the blue rate ($10 monthly). Central and West
Grounds commuters who park at U-Hall will continue to receive
current orange-permit lots, for long-term student parking, will
are other benefits to the plan, according to an information packet
distributed by Parking and Transportation.
arrangements for basketball games at University Hall will be simplified,
since the parking population there will be overwhelmingly day-shift
workers, while games are played on nights and weekends. Similarly,
nighttime parking lot security efforts for Medical Center shift
workers can be concentrated in the stadium lots.
The new parking garage is scheduled to open in October, but is
ahead of schedule and may be ready in time for the first home
football game Sept. 2, according to University officials.