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No 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.

His 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 semester.

Current first-year students will not be affected by the change in policy, he said.

“Because 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 students.”

He 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.

However, “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.

Sandridge 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.

Contact: Louise Dudley, (434) 924-1400

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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