situation getting better—for now
Construction is well under way on the new parking Structure
campus has weathered its first major parking storm of the
academic year, but parking officials warn there are more rough
of parking spaces caused, ironically, by the construction
of a new parking structure led to an unprecedented blitz of
messages at the beginning of the semester encouraging students,
faculty and staff to use alternate transportation if possible.
University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS) also
opened the stadium area as well as a lot at the University’s
Ramona Avenue property for parking. The Hornet Express shuttle
program provides regular transport between the Ramona lot
and the campus.
was received and midway through the semester the parking crunch
seemed to have eased, at least for the time being.
Transportation and Parking Services Director Nancy Fox reports
that spaces have been available even at peak times—9
a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday—in Lots 9 and
10 near Modoc and Napa Halls and campuswide on Friday. And
the stadium parking lot has only been used sparingly after
the first six weeks of the semester passed. Spaces are also
readily available at the Ramona Avenue site. As a result,
the Ramona Avenue Lot will be closed on Fridays unless needed.
start of the spring semester is expected to bring an even
bigger parking crunch than the fall did. Construction of the
new Hornet Bookstore east of the University Union is expected
to begin in January, eliminating an additional 300 parking
growth trends continue, the campus would need 12,135 spaces
in spring 2006 to accommodate the campus population of students,
faculty and staff. But through a combination of previously
existing parking shortages, and spaces eliminated by the construction
of Parking Structure III and the new bookstore, the campus
will be short 2,494 spaces. By Fall 2006, with a new influx
of students, faculty and staff, that shortage will increase
before, shuttle service to and from the Ramona Avenue lot
will be available with shuttles running about every 20 minutes.
Parking in the stadium area will be available but only when
weather conditions permit. Campus commuters will again be
strongly encouraged to seek alternate transportation choices.
Faculty and staff can purchase a six-month permit good for
use on all Regional Transit buses and Light Rail. Students
have already paid through their registration fees to use Regional
Transit at no additional cost by showing their One Card with
a current enrollment sticker attached. Information on carpooling,
the Hornet Express shuttle, the Guaranteed Ride Home program
and other transit options are available on Transportation
and Parking’s website at www.csus.edu/utaps.
the situation will ease for a bit in spring 2007 when Parking
Structure III is expected to open.
years to come, other expansion projects are expected to impact
parking such as plans to increase the number of students living
on campus. But long-range plans under consideration also call
for another solution: Parking Structure IV.
more information on campus parking, visit www.csus.edu/utaps/.