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University of Iowa News Release

March 16, 2006

UI Asks Approval Of Parking Rates Increases

University of Iowa officials are asking the Board of Regents, State of Iowa to approve new parking rates for the coming year. The request would increase monthly surface reserved parking rates from $40 to $42 and monthly reserved ramp rates from $62 to $69. Hourly public meters would increase from 75 cents to 80 cents and student meter charges would remain at 60 cents. Cashiered lot hourly rates would increase from 60 cents to 65 cents for the first hour and 75 cents to 80 cents for additional hours. The monthly commuter rate would increase from $17 to $18.

The requested increase is the second part of a multi-year rate increase plan first submitted to the regents last year. The increases are a response to growing demand for parking, University officials say. The loss of permanent parking spaces to the construction of new academic and service facilities also requires new parking structures.

The UI Parking System is a self-supporting enterprise. All funds required for operations, maintenance, and capital improvements come from these parking fees. But the university is working to reduce the number of staff, faculty, and students who use parking lots and ramps close to campus, says David Ricketts, UI director of parking and transportation.

"More and more of our employees are choosing to park in peripheral facilities and then take Cambus (the UI bus system) to work free of charge," says Ricketts. Cambus connects nearly 7,000 peripheral parking spaces to the campus.

Parking demand is also being managed through the use of commuter programs such as van pools, car pools, and discounted Iowa City and Coralville bus passes, Ricketts says. The program is supporting some 70 vanpools carrying nearly 800 people. During FY 05, bus ridership in the Iowa City/Coralville area exceeded 5.6 million, of which Cambus provided 3.6 million rides. Of the remaining 2 million rides, more than 33 percent is by passengers participating in one of several UI commuter programs. This compares with annual ridership in the Des Moines area of 3.9 million and 4.3 million in Ames.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One,Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Charles S. Drum, 319-384-0048, charles-drum@uiowa.edu; Program: David Ricketts, 319-335-8628, david-ricketts@uiowa.edu