I hope everyone is having a good week.
I heard some questions and comments that the parking lease could negatively impact or stop us from promoting biking to work or using our Campus Area Bus Service (CABS).
As a biking enthusiast myself, I wanted to clear up that confusion right away.
I am proud of our support of sustainable initiatives like public transportation, walking, car-pooling and bike commuting.
The potential contract to lease our parking operations would not hamper these programs or stop us from promoting them. All bidders have received the sustainability plans and have been told these plans would continue to move forward.
Some confusion may have started from the condition that we would be required to maintain the same number of available parking spaces. Actually, there is a bank of 2,200 spaces we could reduce as necessary if we need to close or remove parking spots because of construction or changes to our campus layout. The contract would be based on the number of spaces we must make available for the anticipated number of cars on campus. As you would expect, we would always try to keep all of our parking spaces available.
We would continue to promote, and I hope expand, our Scarlet, Gray and Green vanpool, the Hertz On Demand car sharing program and add hybrid-electric buses to our fleet. We would also remain committed to the university’s Share the Road program to make our campus bicycle and pedestrian friendly.
This brings me to another point. If anyone is wondering what would happen to CABS, it would continue to serve our campus just as it always has, with the possibility of improving service through income from the leasing agreement.
More specifics on how the income from the lease would support our on-going initiatives as well as how it would help financially sustain and grow our excellence in teaching, research, and service is available on the Parking Proposal Overview, available in the Resources section of this web site.
Check back again soon for more updates and keep those questions coming.