AMHERST, Mass. - New parking rates and a new parking rate structure will be put into effect at the University of Massachusetts over the next two years, starting Sept. 1. The announcement was made by Paul Page, vice chancellor for administration and finance, who said the changes came after extensive negotiations with campus labor unions.
The new rates will apply both to individual parking lot rates and to public parking, including the campus garage and parking meters, and visitor, vendor, and mobile permits.
During the first year of the changes, starting in September 1999, permit rates will increase according to lot category. During the second year, beginning in September 2000, permit rates will be based on a sliding scale for employees, while students will pay a fixed rate based on lot category. Also in September 2000, employee permit fees will be collected through automatic payroll deduction.
Page said that starting in September 2000, the most desirable lots (red) will have a maximum rate of $185 a year for employees earning more than $60,000. "This will work out to less than 90 cents a day for our higher paid employees," he said. Lower salaried employees will pay less, according to a sliding scale. In peripheral lots, Page said, the cost will be less than 18 cents a day.
"The campus has had no parking permit fee increases for 12 years," Page said. "By 2001, the additional revenue will provide about $500,000 a year for deferred and on-going maintenance for parking lots and the garage."
He said the parking system needs about $3-$4 million to upgrade its long-neglected lots and the garage. "Like the rest of the campus, the parking system has numerous problems due to long years of under-funding," he said.
The revenue will also provide funding for more frequent shuttle service to peripheral lots, Page said. The increases also will establish lot prices based on relative proximity and convenience, and will compensate for the elimination of the administrative fee charged for permit replacement and transfer, he said. Page said a new carpool program which will provide reduced fees, guaranteed rides home, and designated carpool parking spaces, will begin in September 1999.
He also said that the increases will maintain the current relative proportion of revenue from permit holders, parking meters, and the garage, and maintain the current relative contribution to the parking system from employees and students.
Page said that the fee increases are consistent with the principles established in 1996 by the Parking and Transportation Advisory Board, a 21-member committee representing all major governance and bargaining units on campus.
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Fiscal Year 2000
Fiscal Year* 2001 - sliding scale begins for employees
Beginning in September 1999, the per-day rates in the garage will go from 90 cents to $1 per hour and from $9 to $10 per day. Selected parking meters will go from 75 cents to 90 cents per hour.
*Starting in September 2000, when the sliding scale begins for employees, all others will be charged at the maximum of the range except students in purple and green lots who will be charged $65 and $85 respectively. Subsequent increases will be based on the aggregated future salary increases.