CONTACT: CHARLES S. DRUM
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0048; fax (319) 384-0024
UI proposes increased parking rates for students, faculty, staff
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa is proposing increased parking
rates for students, faculty and staff for only the second time in six years.
The proposed new rates are part of a five-year plan to come before the
State Board of Regents, which is meeting March 19 in Ames. The plan includes
increases spread over the next four years. The first increases, if approved,
will take effect in August 1997. Subsequent increases will take place
each year beginning in August, just prior to the new academic year.
The plan proposes that:
--Monthly rates for faculty and staff reserved surface parking increase
in $2 increments over the next four years, from the current rate of $18
to $20 in 1997-98, $22 in 1998-99, $24 in 1999-2000, and $26 in 2000-01.
--Monthly rates for faculty and staff reserved ramp parking increase
in $3 increments from the current $27 to $30 in 1997-98, $33 in 1998-99,
$36 in 1999-2000, and $39 in 2000-01.
--Monthly rates for commuter lots for students, faculty and staff increase
from the current $4.50 to $7 in 1997-98, $9 in 1998-99, $11 in 1999-2000,
and $13 in 2000-01.
--Monthly rates for student storage lots increase from the current
$8.50 to $12 in 1997-98, $15 in 1998-99, $18 in 1999-2000, and $21 in 2000-01.
--The rate for public lots and meters increase from the current 50
cents an hour to 60 cents an hour for the five-year period.
--The rate for student meters would not increase from the current 40
cents an hour until the academic year 2000-01 when it will increase to
50 cents an hour.
The new parking rate plan was developed by the University Parking and
Transportation Committee and has been presented to the Faculty Council,
the Staff Council, and student government leadership. All rate changes
affecting students must be reviewed twice by the Regents, so student fee
changes in the new plan will return for Regents approval at the April meeting.
The university parking system, which consists of some 11,000 parking
spaces, is entirely self-supporting. "We receive no state-appropriated
funds to support faculty, staff, and student parking," says David
Ricketts, director of University parking and transportation. "We've
seen a continuing demand for parking services, while at the same time we've
been losing existing spaces to new construction. So as costs go up, the
rates will have to increase."
For comparison, rates for a monthly parking permit in lots managed by
the City of Iowa City range from $40 to $55 a month, depending on the proximity
to the main business district.