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Wednesday, April 3, 2002
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Parking changes shaft students: Vavala

By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

If a new university parking proposal is passed, students and staff will have to pay more to park on campus next year, but they will also be forced to park further away than ever before.

The proposal, which will be presented to the Board of Governors and Senate next month, addresses changes required over the next year to meet increased parking demand.

Parking spaces will be shuffled around campus during the summer due to construction, said Dave Riddell, associate VP-physical plant and capital planning service.

The summer shortage, resulting mostly from construction, is being addressed with the addition of 105 spaces in the Graphics lot and 40 in the Siebens-Drake lot, Riddell said, noting that approximately 689 spaces will be added in total by the time construction is complete.

Seventy spots will be added to the Springet lot, 30 in front of Thompson Arena, 70 to the South Valley Site when J.W. Little Stadium is removed and 650 spots will be created when the soccer field at Althouse College is demolished, he said, noting of the three sites, only Althouse will accept green passes during the day.

To fund these changes and additions, Parking Services manager Chris Stewart said next year's parking rates will be raised by six per cent across the board. For green, non-reserved passes, the increase will amount to approximately $1.30 per month or $22.80 for the year.

"The university does not believe in subsidizing parking," Riddell said. "If we don't increase costs, then we reduce the amount of parking available for students and staff."

Students with green passes will be relegated to perimeter lots, including Huron Flats, Althouse College, the Medway Lot and Saugeen-Maitland Hall once the proposal is implemented, which could be as early as this summer if demand for other reserved, gray and orange passes increases, he said.

"Students are used to taxation, but you can't keep treating students like this," said Sera Vavala, VP-campus issues for the University Students' Council. "You can't keep charging your paying customers for services they don't get. You have to justify those increases."

Jonathan Trevithick, a member of the UWO Faculty Association who sits on the advisory committee for parking and traffic, told The Gazette last month he disputes the increase in parking rates.

"Faculty are not only being marginalized, they are also being perimiterized. Before, we had much more convenient parking," Trevithick said.

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