CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 9, 2000
New commuter options for UI staff, faculty studied
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Parking and Transportation Committee
will consider several proposals for improving and expanding employee access
to the campus when it meets Monday, Oct. 9. Among those proposals are new
parking places, discounted passes for the Iowa City and Coralville bus systems,
expanded vanpool options, and a new carpool program.
The committee -- a university charter committee composed of faculty, staff
and students -- will consider the following options, which have been developed
by Dave Rickets and staff of the UI parking and transportation department:
- The potential for the development of up to 200 new parking spaces in
the South Madison Street parking lots, 50 new parking spaces for staff members
in the Newton Road Ramp, and 300 new spaces in the Hawkeye Commuter Lot.
- Discounted bus passes for the Iowa City and Coralville Transit Systems.
Under this proposal, UI employees commuting to work could buy monthly passes
for $10. Buying the passes under a pre-tax option could lower that price
- Expansion of a mini-van vanpool program that was started earlier this
year. With fewer riders in each vehicle, mini-vanpools would be easier to
organize than the larger vanpools.
- A new program that would offer preferred parking to groups of employees
that commit to carpooling.
- A new guaranteed ride home program for vanpool and carpool participants.
This program would provide two free rides home per year for those occasions
when people miss their vanpool or carpool.
- A new program with pre-tax benefits that would reduce the cost of holding
Iowa City parking permits.