Transportation Services Kicks Off Survey, Shares Parking Updates
As UC San Diego continues to evolve so, too, does parking and transportation. So what’s the latest and greatest news on these areas? Read on to find out how you can share your opinions in a new commuter survey and what’s next for parking on campus.
If you have opinions about parking and transportation at UC San Diego, now is your chance to make your voice heard. The Transportation, Parking and People Movement Survey—a comprehensive survey on commuter trends, preferences and perceptions—kicked off February 27 and will run through March 26. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take the survey and share their opinions on parking and transportation.
“The survey invitation email is already in your inbox and only takes 10-15 minutes to complete,” said Gary C. Matthews, Vice Chancellor for Resource Management and Planning, which oversees Transportation Services at UC San Diego. “Your input will help us better understand current commuting behaviors and will be invaluable in helping us better meet campus access needs.”
The survey can be completed in more than one sitting and responses are confidential. As an added bonus, anyone who completes the survey will be automatically entered into a raffle to win $250 plus 10 days of A-permit parking or one of five $50 Amazon gift cards. In addition, all survey participants will be able to print a discount coupon for the UC San Diego Bookstore after completing the survey.
What’s Next for Parking?
With construction of the Mid-Coast Trolley now underway on campus and other construction projects gearing up or slated to occur soon, parking continues to be in a state of flux. And while some lots have been lost either temporarily or permanently to construction such as P705 and P702, new lots and structures are coming online in the months and years ahead that will help ease parking challenges. These include:
- Science Research Park Lot – This lot will be located on the east campus and will include approximately 184 spaces. Expected to open in late 2017.
- Osler Parking Structure – Located on the west campus off Osler Lane near the School of Medicine, this structure will replace Lot P604 with approximately 1,400 spaces. Construction is expected to begin in May 2017 with the opening expected for fall quarter 2018.
- Mesa Nuevo West-Area Parking Structure – Located on the east campus near Mesa graduate housing and Moores Cancer Center, this structure will replace Lot P783. Approximately 600 spaces in the structure will be designated for staff parking with the remainder of the parking slated for residents of Mesa housing. Construction is expected to begin in late 2017 with the opening expected in late 2018.
- Voigt Parking Structure – Located off Voigt Drive near the Jacobs School of Engineering, this new structure will have approximately 900 spaces. Construction is expected to begin in early 2018 with the opening expected in 2019.
And in other good news, Lot P406, which had been closed for over a year due to construction on the Gilman Drive Realignment, is expected to partially re-open in the next month, adding approximately 100 spaces to the central campus area. This will help offset the loss of a small portion of Lot P701, which is expected to be impacted by trolley construction beginning in April 2017.
“We know construction is an ongoing challenge for everyone who parks on campus,” said Steve Jackson, director of Facilities Management, which includes Transportation Services. “From adding parking and trying new programs such as the valet service to revamping shuttle routes, we continue to look for ways to ease those challenges. We will continue sharing information with the campus community as changes occur.”