Parking services plans to discontinue E parking zone

Director of parking services clarifies parking restrictions

By Kierstyn Wiley
On April 19, 2019

Photo by Ian Saint: This week’s SGA meeting had a presentation over parking and the E lot. There is a proposed ending of the shuttle service from the E lots and returning them to ABCD lots. 

Parking Services on April 8 joined the SGA in the Junell Center VIP Room to discuss old and new parking and transportation procedures for the upcoming fall semester. 


SGA welcomed Sandra Kaye Rosser, director of OneCard and parking services, and Jessica A. Manning, director of business services, to share recent statistics and explain why the E parking zone and shuttle services may no longer available.
The E parking zone gave students the opportunity to pay half price for a parking pass and park their vehicles at lot P21 off Jackson Street at Foster Field from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


“Essentially, this is the budget development period,” Manning said. “We are looking at our budget for FY-20 and developing what we are going to need. In doing that, we are evaluating the efficacy of the decisions we made and some of the services we are providing.”
The purpose of the shuttle service and E parking zone were for ASU students to get to class early and not have to walk in bad weather, but the utilization of these options has failed to meet expectations.


“The numbers really do not justify maintaining the shuttle service,” Manning said. “We’re seeing an average of about six to eight riders per day and many of those are students who don’t purchase a parking tag at all and are walking in from somewhere else. As far as the extended lot parking participation, we’re seeing, most days, zero vehicles parked there and on the busiest days, we’re seeing two to three.”
With the low amount of people that have bought E parking passes for the semester, it is not enough to warrant the continuation of this option. 
“There was only a total of seven E permits this year: five full-year ones and two spring only,” Rosser said “We’re assuming students would prefer not to park in the E lot and we are assuming that it may need to be discontinued. It does not seem to be cost-effective to keep it an E zone, and we’re considering moving it back to an ABCD lot.”


Rosser said parking lot time zones and regulations are often misinterpreted, as well.
“B and D lots are enforced from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” she said. “Then in the A and C lots, the sign states from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Many people take that to mean that after 1 p.m. or after 4:30 p.m., they can park in those lots without a permit at all, and that’s not the case. It’s enforcing the zone. After 1 p.m., other permit types [A and C] can park in a B or D lot or vice versa.”


Manning said the zone enforcement times needed to be clarified since it does seem to be confusing to many students.
“Coming from the personal experience of other colleges I looked at, freshmen weren’t even allowed to have cars if they were living on campus or the minimum walking distance was sometimes a mile,” Sonja Hale, at-large senator for SGA, said. “There are parking options, it’s just you do have to walk. For me, you have parking options and just have to be willing to walk.”


Students were encouraged to contact Parking Services with any comments or inquiries.
“If you have issues with parking, come talk to us,” Rosser said. “If you get a citation that you don’t feel you deserve, come talk to us. Our door is open, and we are always willing to discuss issues, problems, questions and suggestions.”

 

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