MAILED: Aug. 8, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- From an increase in the price of parking permits to a free bus route, students, faculty and staff are about to see changes that are intended to ease the parking crunch on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus.
The most visible change will be the new transit system geared to accommodate those living off campus and those parking in Bollinger Fields, formerly known as Stein Fields.
The bus will provide free transportation service for all university students, faculty and staff Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with 20-minute intervals during the day and one-hour intervals at night from 5 to 11 p.m. Members of the university community can ride any city bus by showing their Blugold ID beginning Monday, Aug. 25.
Students, faculty and staff will have the option of parking in the Bollinger Fields parking lot for $25 per year and riding the bus to campus for free by showing their Blugold cards.
"The bus service should open up more space," said Gary Bartlett, parking and transportation service manager.
The Bollinger Fields parking lot received an additional 120 spaces this summer, Bartlett said.
Beginning Aug. 25, students living off campus can purchase a standard commuter parking permit for $60 which will allow them to park in Fine Arts, Water Street, Phillips and McPhee parking lots. Resident students can obtain a parking permit for $90.
Signs will be clearly marked so students will know which lots they can park in, Bartlett said.
Faculty and staff can purchase a standard permit for $60 or a guaranteed permit for $250.
Information about how to apply for one of the 117 guaranteed permits will be sent out in early August and the application deadline will be Aug. 27, said Bill Harms, executive director of student support services.
Fines will increase to $20 for those who park in an unmetered lot without a permit, $10 for expired meters and $50 for illegally parking in a handicapped space.
The increase in the cost of permits and fines is a result of a study done on other UW System schools which showed UW-Eau Claire's fee and fine rates where lower than the average, Harms said.
"We worked real hard to take the negatives and make them positive," Bartlett said of the new parking initiative.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 19, 1997