semester begins, as always, with a rush of cars filling the campus. But with
the opening of Parking Structure III (PS III), drivers now should have a much
easier time finding a place to park.
The increase in
spaces will be significant. For student permit holders, there will be an additional
2,490 spaces for a total of 8,898. For faculty/staff permit holders, there will
be an additional 310 spaces for a total of 2,004. Additionally, 200 spaces will
be used as special function parking (i.e., disabled, convenience, timed, academic),
resulting in a net increase of 2,800 parking spaces for campus parking permit
According to Nancy
Fox, director of University Transportation & Parking (UTAPS), “the
addition of more than 3,000 parking spaces should ease the morning commute and
bring the parking relief we have all anticipated.”
Although PS III is designated
primarily for students, the rest of the campus community will also see improvements,
particularly in Parking Lots 4 and 6, which will now be designated solely for
faculty and staff.
These adjustments will not
only add parking for all permit holders but will reduce confusion by more clearly
identifying areas for student permit holders and address a need for more faculty/staff
parking on the east side of campus.
Fox stresses that,
“the first two weeks of the semester usually bring more traffic and parked
vehicles.” She advises commuters to allow a little extra time to travel
to and park on campus. Parking officials also ask that those who were using
alternative commute options consider continuing the habit.
service that will be offered by UTAPS on a trial basis is a new “convenience
parking” program. For a fee of $3 campus permit holders can have their
vehicles parked by a campus attendant when brought to a specific location. The
vehicle will be returned to the same location when the driver returns to retrieve
it. This service will also be offered to non-permit holders for the $3 fee plus
the cost of a daily parking permit. Payment will be accepted in cash only.
“Over the past two
years, the campus has responded to our requests for more use of Sac State Commute
Choices,” says Fox, “and we thank everyone for that. We hope that
commuters will continue to improve the traffic congestion that occurs on campus
at times and help to improve the air quality in the Sacramento Region by driving
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