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Unformatted text preview: Improving Parking at Wayne State University Report of the Parking Task Force January 2002 2 Improving Parking at Wayne State University Report of the Parking Task Force Introduction Few issues generate more interest, debate and emotion on any university campus than parking. Wayne State is no exception. The availability of convenient, safe, well-maintained and affordable parking has been a perennial goal at the university&a goal that has not been fully achieved. The parking task force, convened by the executive vice president in late August 2000, met at varying intervals over the course of fifteen months to look at ways to improve parking operations at the university. The group focused on areas of immediate concern: the sufficiency and availability of parking, visitor parking, traffic flow and congestion at the beginning of the semester and maintenance and security issues. The task force did not delve into the day-to-day operational or financial issues facing the parking department. The parking inventory consists of six parking structures and 44 surface lots located throughout the central and medical campus. The total number of available parking spaces is 11,600, with approximately 40% assigned to faculty and staff and 60% available for students and visitors. The table attached as Appendix I lists the location and number of total spaces of both parking structures and surface lots. The Parking and Transportation department is an auxiliary operation of the university much like the bookstore, McGregor Conference Center or university radio station, WDET. Auxiliary operations are intended to be self-sufficient and operate independently without general fund financial support. While this may have been the original intent for the parking operation, it is not the present reality. Because the revenues generated from parking operations have not been adequate to cover the necessary maintenance and structural repairs, major improvements have been paid for from university resources. For example, in 1999, the university provided $2.7 million from the sale of bonds to renovate a portion of PS #1 when conditions in the structure became so intolerable that a portion of the structure was unusable. The merits of self- sufficiency for the parking operation can be debated, and there are certainly strong arguments on both sides of the issue. The fact of the matter is that the operation has been subsidized for many years by the central administration. For FY 2002, President Reid directed the vice presidents with responsibility for auxiliary operations, including Parking, to reduce the general fund subsidy over time and to operate them as independent auxiliaries. This report provides a summary of the issues addressed by the task force and its recommendations for improving parking operations. The groups initial recommendations were presented to a number of campus stakeholders---students, employees, housing residents and faculty---from July through October 2001 to provide feedback and input from the larger campus...
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