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Release: Oct. 9, 2000

New commuter options for UI staff, faculty studied

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Parking and Transportation Committee will consider several proposals for improving and expanding employee access to the campus when it meets Monday, Oct. 9. Among those proposals are new parking places, discounted passes for the Iowa City and Coralville bus systems, expanded vanpool options, and a new carpool program.

The committee -- a university charter committee composed of faculty, staff and students -- will consider the following options, which have been developed by Dave Rickets and staff of the UI parking and transportation department:

  • The potential for the development of up to 200 new parking spaces in the South Madison Street parking lots, 50 new parking spaces for staff members in the Newton Road Ramp, and 300 new spaces in the Hawkeye Commuter Lot.

  • Discounted bus passes for the Iowa City and Coralville Transit Systems. Under this proposal, UI employees commuting to work could buy monthly passes for $10. Buying the passes under a pre-tax option could lower that price to $7.

  • Expansion of a mini-van vanpool program that was started earlier this year. With fewer riders in each vehicle, mini-vanpools would be easier to organize than the larger vanpools.

  • A new program that would offer preferred parking to groups of employees that commit to carpooling.

  • A new guaranteed ride home program for vanpool and carpool participants. This program would provide two free rides home per year for those occasions when people miss their vanpool or carpool.

  • A new program with pre-tax benefits that would reduce the cost of holding Iowa City parking permits.