More Parking For First-Year Students At University Of Virginia
October 4, 2002--
As of next fall, first-year students at the University of
Virginia will not be able to have cars on Grounds, Executive Vice
President and Chief Operating Officer Leonard W. Sandridge told
U.Va.’s Board of Visitors today.
decision, which follows recommendations from Student Council and
from the University’s Transportation and Parking Committee,
extends the current ban on automobiles during undergraduates’
first-year students will not be affected by the change in policy,
the University is committed to building more densely within its
current boundaries, rather than spreading outward into the community,
this means that some of today’s parking lots will disappear
over time,” Sandridge said. “One way to relieve some
of the great demand for parking that already exists is to eliminate
the approximately 500 permits we have issued each spring for first-year
noted the strong support of students with whom the administration
consulted, both on the Transportation and Parking Committee and
on Student Council. The September 24 council resolution recognized
“a major parking shortage over the course of the current academic
year,” due in part to new Charlottesville parking permit zones.
“Student Council urges the University to implement this plan
only if it can show intent and initiative toward filling this new
transportation need with further public transportation options,”
the resolution said.
has requested that the Transportation and Parking Committee work
with students to explore not only further public transportation
options, as well as incentives for carpooling and greater use of
bicycles and pedestrian walkways. He noted that construction will
begin this fall on the new pedestrian-bicycle bridge across Emmet
Street near the Lambeth dormitories, linking the North Grounds with
the Rugby Road area.
Louise Dudley, (434) 924-1400