Starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, student aides, adjunct instructors and graduate assistants will have access to a new permit parking area at Blackham Coliseum. A special shuttle service will run from the coliseum to campus on a continuous loop starting at 7 a.m. until 11:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. until 8:15 p.m. on Friday.
Permits can be purchased for this new parking area for $40 either online through ULINK or in the Transportation Services office. The permit is called 18 PER - Perimeter ADJ, GA, SA and will show up as a permit option for adjuncts, graduate assistants and student aides. Individuals who do not see this option and who are classified as one of these three options with the university should send an email to email@example.com asking for assistance.
The change in parking accommodations for student aides, adjunct instructors and graduate assistants this semester is the result of two major construction projects on campus.
Construction of new student housing at Johnston and East Lewis streets resulted in the elimination of 200 parking spaces. This area was used as overflow parking for residents of Agnes Edwards Hall, and also provided permit parking for some faculty, staff, adjunct instructors, student aides and others.
The residents of Agnes Edwards Hall now have overflow parking in Zone 15, adjacent to Earl K. Long Gymnasium. Zone 15 also provides overflow parking for the residents of Baker, Bonin, Coronna, Harris and Huger halls. Furthermore, it is a primary parking lot for full-time faculty and staff.
In addition, the University eliminated 250 spaces in Zone 36, located at Cherry Street and West St. Mary Boulevard, to make way for the new bus barn and Facilities Management building. Zone 36 is where many graduate assistants, adjunct instructors and some student aides previously parked.
The University is growing, and parking shortages cannot be replaced quickly, easily or inexpensively. The new shuttle service from Blackham Coliseum is an example of the Office of Transportation Services’ efforts to accommodate those individuals who were displaced.