New options available to help with on-campus parking, high gas prices

Topic: Administrative

August 29, 2008

With construction projects limiting the number of on-campus parking spots available to faculty and staff, Ball State is helping ease the burden of getting everyone's vehicles to campus this fall.

Gene Burton, director of public safety, said changes this year include the introduction of parking spaces for mopeds, which may prove more popular with campus commuters now that the cost of gas hovers near $4 a gallon. Registration for moped drivers will be voluntary and those who do register will be charged a $1 processing fee to receive a registration number to place on their moped. Burton said moped parking will be located in areas not used by motor vehicles. No parking spaces are being removed to make way for moped parking.

Ongoing construction work on projects, including North Hall, the new Student Recreation and Wellness Facility and the Pittenger Student Center renovations, has temporarily reduced the number of parking spaces on campus, Burton said. The Office of Parking Services has a limited number of restricted lot passes available as well as general passes.

To help ease the situation, Burton and other university officials are encouraging faculty and staff to explore carpool opportunities with their co-workers. Those interested can visit www.bsu.edu/webapps/rideboard to make requests for fellow riders or to enter a search and see if someone else is interested in carpooling with them. The service is self-maintaining; there is no rideboard manager, according to Judy Burke, director of human resources. 

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