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Parking and Transportation

Ioana Patringenaru | Oct. 8, 2007

What’s new this academic year? This Week@UCSD has been asking several university departments what they have in store for the fall. Here’s what Parking and Transportation Services Director Brian d’Autremont told us.

Hopkins Parking Structure (Photo / Victor W. Chen)
The Hopkins parking structure

 

A new parking structure opened in September near RIMAC and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. The $30 million Hopkins Parking Structure will provide 1320 spots for faculty, students and staff members. It should help meet the campus’ parking needs for the next three years, d’Autremont said.

 

 

Parking and transportation also is working on a regional transit pass that would allow students and employees to use any form of public transportation within 15 miles of the campus, including buses and rail. The passes could be available for free or at a steep discount sometime in summer 2009, d’Autremont said.

UCSD shuttle and driver (Photo / Victor W. Chen)
UCSD shuttle and driver

UCSD’s shuttle buses will be powered by hybrid engines, starting in 2009. It will take about three to six years to convert the department’s 52-bus fleet at a rate of 15 to 20 at a time, d’Autremont said. The new vehicles will be powered by electricity and compressed natural gas, also known as CNG. They will allow the campus to dramatically cut down on its emissions, d’Autremont said. “It will be stunning,” he added.

Customer service will be the department’s biggest priority this coming year, he also said. About 110 employees and 80 students are taking 24 hours worth of classes to improve their skills. Classes include role playing, as well as tips to improve phone etiquette and other tools for better customer service. The department’s management team has taken the classes and is now teaching employees.

Anna Gandolfi
Anna Gandolfi

The department also is seeking to better communicate with its customers. Anna Gandolfi, chair of the UCSD Staff Association, has been instrumental in reaching this goal, d’Autremont said. The department and the association plan to co-sponsor forums this academic year. The goal is to hold forums to discuss changes the department plans to make and allow staff members to give their input.



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