PARKING: What would you change?

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145 thoughts on “PARKING: What would you change?

  1. Currently, parking in the old Columbia structure is restricted to students. Staff and faculty members who are being moved to NWQ as a temporary location should be allowed to park there.

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    • Also, adding to this, the parking structure there is already flooded by student parking. Adding in another group who can park there and are competing for parking are only going to make scarce spots scarcer and increase the lengths that people will have to go to in order to park there. People arrive prior to that garage’s opening just to ensure that they have a spot.

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    • It should not be so stressful for me to drive to work every morning. There should be a free parking structure designated for staff or more park and ride options. I should not have to pay to park at work.

      • I second that! It is stressful drive to work on a daily basis! I bike when I can during nice weather, but most of my days involve both teaching on campus and work with schools around the city. When rushing to transport myself from classes and meetings on campus to work with community partners, neither public transportation or biking are reasonable options.

      • I agree – it is incredibly costly to park on campus. I don’t know how students can afford it, let alone staff. Parking at other local universities is MUCH cheaper. How can a state university charge so much?

      • Totally agree KH. I’ve been on several search committees. When asked what we dislike most about our jobs: PARKING! It should not cost me money to work. It also affects how much time I actually spend on campus and therefore how much students have access to me. I do prep and grading at home because I can work there for free. If we can’t get any raises in over 6 years (1% is not a raise, sorry) then we should be able to park for free.

      • I understand the staff need a place to park, but why is it that you should get preferential treatment as a PAID EMPLOYEE to park right by your door when students who pay AT LEAST $10,000 per year have get the short end of the stick?

        There are already “Staff only parking” lots all over campus… I don’t see any “tuition-paying students” only parking anywhere.

      • Re the “Paid employees vs. students”: Well, one reason is that if a student is forced to miss class, it affects only that student. If the teacher is forced to miss class, it affects every student in that class. That’s rather obvious, I should think…

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  2. Stop ticketing people, its obscene. Boost morale by having free parking days throughout the year, spirit days would be an idea. Tell us where all the money goes.

    • UWM charges its students and employees one of the highest university parking rates in the country. It costs more to park on campus for work than it does to park at most private for-profit garages in Milwaukee. The rates for faculty and staff are more than double what Marquette or MSOE charges their employees and students. The excess money goes to a reserve fund. A significant part of that money has over the years been used for purposes other than parking.

    • If you have classes between 9am and 2pm, good luck finding a spot to park within a half mile of campus that won’t result in a ticket. It’s obscene how bad the parking situation is- Either wait for 10+ minutes to hopefully get a garage spot that will cost a TON to park there or park all the way out at locust.

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  3. I would prefer to have a parking spot in the union garage–this garage needs to be expanded as well. Parking is extremely limited on this campus–I have never experienced anything like it before. Also, the prices for staff are very high, again, I have never experienced that before either. My parking was always provided by previous employers. The remote lot on Capital is not convenient for me, and using it would add more time onto my commute, which is already been 1hr 15 minutes to 1hr 30 minutes. I don’t want to add another 15 to 30 minutes on top of that. A parking option to the south would be ideal, especially for those coming from a long distance.

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  4. How about a Valet service for times that students/faculty are running on a time crunch? In my case this would help if this were available at the childcare center. I could hand over my keys to someone who gets paid to find parking. This would free up time for me as to not be so rushed when I drop my child off, get back in the car, find parking and make a meeting. I’m not sure how this service would be paid, but reasonable enough that all could benefit from it. Also if really sophisticated it could have some systems where you warn the valet that you are coming to get your car in 10 mins or something on those lines.

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  5. Northwest Quadrant parking policies are not rational. They encourage a relatively small number of people to hog the best spots. Although technically it’s free for all the students, in reality it’s subsidized parking for a small number of people. There are ways to free it up so more people get to use it and to get maximum use of its convenience.

    • I agree. There potentially can be the same vehicles parked there all day, which isn’t fair to the many others in need of that parking. We need some sort of system to keep things flowing such as a 3 hour maximum park time, or something along those lines. Also, I believe that there are people who drive to the NWQ from literally 2 or 3 blocks off of campus. This type of crowd (which I would call “lazy”) is also taking up unnecessary parking spaces in the NWQ garage. If there is some sort of way to eliminate this, I believe it could be very beneficial. It might mean instating a permit type system where parking is still free, but you must prove that you live far enough away from campus to park there. Basically have people apply for a free permit through proof of residency, thus proving their need to park, and essentially guaranteeing them a spot. I would guess that they could probably issue around 50 to 100 permits beyond the amount of spaces available in the NWQ, as not everyone would be using the garage at the same time of day, or stay for extended periods of time.

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  6. Ticketing is needed. There’s a shepherding effect which is required when we’re part of an “impacted parking zone” where there are less spots than cars.

    HOWEVER, we discussed taking over the area around UWM Kenwood Campus and a few blocks radius beyond and wresting control from the city.by doing what some other campuses have done–create a UWM controlled parking district.

    That way we could stop being victims of the City of Milwaukee budget crunch. I was a former parking enforcement officer, so I can tell you stories about that…

    But more important than that is that we could take down the myriad types of signage which exist currently as an attempt to confuse and compromise the parkers who come to the area. We could replace them with consistent and legible signage that assists our students, faculty, and staff with avoiding tickets, which we would write anyway.

    The fines could be more reasonable, and the revenue could go to support the debt service on the existing parking structures, and supplement lost revenue from our shrinking surface lots. We need that influx of cash to continue to make UWM a viable urban campus.

    Plus, some funds could go toward supplementing the UPark program and increasing the bus frequency and the locations at which it stops. We need a better NWQ service.

    • Well Put! The City of Milwaukee Parking Enforcement is way too aggressive and shady. They write unjustifiable tickets, and there is virtually no way to dispute them as they just bully you around. A UWM controlled parking district would be excellent in my mind and make a lot of people happy!

      • This is so true. To dispute an invalid ticket, you have to set an appointment to talk IN-PERSON to someone at a facility in the middle of nowhere during business hours when students normally have school and work.

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  7. There should be free parking solutions for the weekend, specifically on Saturday. My studies require me to study on campus every day of the week. The UPark lot does not run on the weekend nor is the NWQ parking structure free. The metered parking lots still require payment on Saturday. I don’t want to park five blocks away on the street just so I can have 2 hours free.

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  8. I have had the worst experiences with parking. During Winter 2012, there were no signages and when we parked in the student parking levels of Klotsche 4 & 5, we all received tickets. We were later told that if there is no one manning the booth, we are not allowed to park there. Maybe a sign to that effect could have been placed there once the first student pointed it out! There were 5 other students at the Parking office with my same complaint and yet nothing was done. Was this simply to get more money by fining us?

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  9. You should cater more to those students driving in from out of town, like Madison. After a long drive to the city, the last thing I want to do is decide whether I want to park off-campus and take a bus to campus and then walk across campus to my building or risk getting a parking ticket by parking closer. I understand that we choose to live in a different city and go to school in Milwaukee, but it would just be nice.

    Also, pressure politicians to build the high speed rail. Pretty please.

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  10. I’d like to see the price for a parking permit to drop.
    i feel the only reason few actually get it is because its so damn high.
    if we utilize the parking by Cunningham, NWQ and Pavilion, i could see a nice rise in student car use.

    maybe a lot for commuters and a lot for those living in sandburg; i know this already exists but maybe MORE?!

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  11. I think the parking garages free to students need to be open during winterm and summer because students who do take classes during these times pay $8 plus dollars for parking which is ridiculous and are still paying student fees for it.

    I think paying $400-500 to park in the housing parking garages a semester is crazy. It should be closer to $200-300 a semester if that. What do you do with this profit? I do not see you guys fixing, improving, or cleaning the garages.

    I think all the profit parking and transit is making off tickets, meters, and parking pass should be used to add and improve the parking available to students and staff and fix the roads and sidewalks on and around campus.

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  12. Parking is NOT FREE. It costs HUGE dollars to construct and maintain nearby parking facilities.

    The Student Association was wrong to demand “Free Parking” in the Northwest Quadrant and Pavilion garages, and then FORCE EVERY SINGLE STUDENT to pay for the entire semester’s huge BILL, for both facilities, in their Segregated Fees.

    It’s like giving a $600 parking “scholarship” to over 1,000 commuters, and making the rest of us 26,000 students PAY for it. Put an END to taking from the many, and giving it to the few… from robbing lots of walking and busing Peters, to pay for the car driving Pauls.

    The entire setup undermines the UBUS program and encourages anti-environmental behavior. Students should be responsible for their own wheeled steel boxes, and not try to mooch off the entire student body.

    Parking is NOT FREE.

    • For years, administrators with attitudes such as yours created this mess. They believed that all employees and students should bike to work, and they decided that they can make it happen by not planning for parking. They did not push for creating adequate parking spaces, and at the same time they increased parking rates to astronomical levels to fund other things. They built buildings without parking structures (e.g Architecture). They did not convert surface lots to parking structures. When they built one, they put it underground (Klotche) so that its per spot cost is 5-6 times more than an above-ground garage.
      Talking about robbing Peter to pay Paul? How about millions of dollars paid by faculty, staff, and students (through exorbitant parking fees) that have been utilized to pay for campus software (2001), cover scholarship fund shortfalls (mid 2000s), and even pay for state budget shortfall (2009). The parking fees paid by faculty, staff, and students is astronomically high, and people who must drive to work have been paying for it, and are paying for it…much more than their fair share. They have been subsidizing you, not the other way around.

      • I agree with this comment by ST.

        I would also like to add that despite many people commuting to this campus, it doesn’t feel as if there is much consideration given to the commuters. Parking is limited and what parking is available is divided between extremely costly permits and some free parking. Yes, there is the ability to park and ride, but these lots are not perfect or are not positioned to help those who would find it more difficult to get there than to campus such as Capitol and Humbolt. While it’s highly advertised, but it’s too far out of my commute that it would double my travel time rather than being any help. There is a pressure for people to live within a certain mile radius of the campus so that they might use a light travel alternative. The consideration given to those whose travel times exceed fifteen minutes and include using a freeway or expressway is barely there.

        It would help if there was actual consideration given to expanding and placing park and ride locations from where students are actually coming from. Not to mention, providing adequate parking for those coming in from suburbs and other cities. If the cost wasn’t ridiculously high and the spaces harder to come by, it would provide a more commuter-friendly atmosphere that would help students.

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    • UWM could consider the MegaBus method to price parking on campus. Megabus uses smart software to figure out the price of seats on the bus, and works hard to lower the price on the bus trips with the most empty seats.

      The goal is to maximize the use of all the seats, at the lowest price. If the UWM Parking digital signs and Twitter account were used to communicate the lowest price, commuters could get the best parking choices immediately.

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      • This message is addressed to the “great tomato” (below). Are you talking about “free parking” when we pay one of the highest parking fee rates in the country? What “free parking”? I think you have been hanging around in the ketchup for too long.

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  13. What makes me crazy are all the missed opportunities to add parking as part of other construction projects – behind Merrill, behind Holton, that ridiculous jungle west of the Heating Plant, the north end of the Chapman/Enderis lot – I could go on and on. Each time, 5, 10, 20 spaces could be added with no real harm to any meaningful greenspace, and those spaces would really add up to make a difference for us day-to-day parkers.

    Most important, at two campus-wide Master Plan meetings (a couple of years ago), it was promised that every major project (KIRC, etc.) would have significant parking as part of the plan, either underground or otherwise.

    Is that happening, I wonder?

    • Are you serious? Ridiculous jungle west of the heating plant: you mean that rain garden which reduces run-off of potentially toxic chemicals in to our water systems which we all drink from eventually? No big deal or anything. You wanna pave over the fantastic ecological urban forest we have on campus too?

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  14. I park in the Union once a week for my class. Today, an unusual amount of people were leaving at the same time. There were 4 people ahead of me (one of whom cut right in front of me). I waited about 6-7 minutes in line. My total parking time was clocked at 3 hours and 2 minutes. I got charged for 4 hours. Complete and total sh*t. I was waiting in line for at least 6-7 minutes!! You can’t give a student at least a 5 minute grace period before charging another hour?? I understand it is only $1.25, but had I not had to wait in line as those in front of me fumbled with their ticket and money (and gabbing with the attendant) I would have been out in under 3 hours. Give a student a break.

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  15. I was parking in NWQ but it is becoming more popular and fills earlier than last semester. It would be great to get a text when the free student parking is full so that if I’m on my way I can adjust and head to the park and ride.

    We could use some more shelters like by the library and union for Upark pickup locations.

    Not sure why the Cunningham and Engelman stops are so close together…it leaves a huge gap for getting to Lapham, same thing for Kenwood stops, huge gap between Union and Physics. I usually get off on the first stop no matter what and walk to class to get some extra steps, but in bad weather it sure would be nice to have a closer stop or when I have a late night class…

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  16. I drive to the Humboldt shuttle lot twice a week from Mequon. I’d take the MCTS Route 43 bus from the North Campus of MATC with a transfer at BayShore if it ran more frequently. Better yet, if a route ran from Mequon directly to the UWM campus.

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  17. Please keep the northwest quadrant parking attendant on duty in the middle of the day! It is frustrating to see so many cars leaving the structure before 1pm while your sign says “Lot Full.” I want to get to my afternoon classes early but I can’t because I have to wait around for the afternoon parking attendant to start work. Scheduling employees is the most basic management principle, this should be easy to fix.

    • I agree with this! It is frustrating when you see cars leaving any structure but it still says the lot is full. I experienced this in the pavilion parking garage as well. Also, on the flip side, the pavilion claimed 93 spots available and after driving down to the 5th level, it was blocked off saying full with no parking attendant. It’s frustrating as you can imagine, especially when you have to be somewhere at a certain time! I don’t enjoy arriving to campus 30 min early just to find parking.

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  18. I want more free parking. That’s it. Parking in the Klotsche should be free. It discourages me to use their facilities when I have to drive all the way down to the fourth basement floor and find out that the free parking is full. The Northwest Quadrant parking fills up in an hour and a half from it opening. I pay to use the facilities on campus; therefore, parking in the union garage and other garages should be free. UWM is a commuter campus. Not everyone can live close enough to bus to campus. I have to drive and I can’t afford the gas and paying for parking every day. UWM needs to provide more free parking for students.

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  19. There should be more parking spaces available for faculty members. Even with a faculty permit, it is always hard to find a spot. These limited parking spaces and parking options make faculty members unable to work freely at UWM. Due to limited parking spaces, I often have to park on two hour street parking to teach my classes, but with my three hour classes, it is such a problem. I already got many tickets. Parking is the most stressful thing working at UWM.

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  20. I drive 40 minutes to campus four to five days a week from the south side. If I do not arrive before 8:30 it is nearly impossible to get a space in the Zelaso lot. I often come to UWM – several hours before I need to be here – just to park – for which I then pay for that luxury. As a faculty member, with every shrinking merit/cost of living salary increases – the percentage of salary I pay for parking continues to rise. We never get a break. This past week my incar meter died from the cold, (after having been able to turn it on), I then got ticketed when it stopped working and had to pay a fine for a faulty meter……..

    I to have sat in the union ramp line waiting to check out and been charged an extra hour due to the wait in line……. is there not some kind of scan system that could let us pre buy time and swipe a card to get out? Could there be an in car option for the union?

    If I need to leave campus midday and return it is impossible to re-park. I have started purposely working from home on days that I can. This limits my appointment availability to students. A reasonable annual parking rate would be much appreciated.

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  21. Need parking near Mitchell Hall for commuters. MORE student parking spots in sports complex garage. Small side parking lot @Mitchell should have 15 min parking to pick up equipment. Maybe free to park there on weekends with film student pass! (safer for female film students)

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  22. Parking on campus on should not be free to students (or anyone, for that matter) during the day. To preface, I occasionally park on campus (both freely and by paying), but I primarily commute to campus via bike, legs, or public transit. I also understand the oftentimes utilizing a car is necessary for family and work reasons (such as having children or having a hard-ass of a boss who doesn’t understand that you need more than 15 minutes to commute).

    Let us go back roughly two decades to when members of the SA and other commuter student groups on campus lobbied for and successfully secured the low cost UPass for all students. If I can make an assumption about the purpose of public transit: the ultimate goal of this successful project was to promote the use of public good (transit) to reduce costs to students, reduce traffic congestion, and reduce noise and air pollution in general around the city (less cars on the road) and especially in the campus area. Ultimately, the UPass is a force for greater good: public transit promotes community, reduces congestion on our streets which promotes other street usage (bikes and pedestrians), and is good for the environment.

    Now let us go back only a couple years to when the university acquired the Columbia Hospital (now known as the NWQ). At this time the administration considered what to do with the parking structure located on this block and, appropriately, asked for student input via the SA and other groups on campus. The administration, in keeping with its role as an educational facility (which it so often doesn’t) was sage enough to suggest that parking in this lot should not be free because it would encourage students to rely on driving to campus and depress the use of public transit and other low impact transportation options. The student body would have none of it: “Hark, the administration just wants our money! They’ll nickel and dime us in to debt by charging us $1 an hour to park on campus! How dare they!”

    How far we’ve come: 20 years ago, the student body promoted an environmentally-friendly and new urban vision of the use of public transit and succeeded to a fantastic degree; today, the student body, jaded by the “now” culture we live in and whatever other forces inspires college students to live not on campus or nearby (however, the number of commuters — that is, students living outside a 2 mile radius of campus — is dropping significantly) demands it is their right as students to drive to campus, pollute our air, our waterways and congest roads which should be multi-use, and then not have to pay a cent (directly, that is) to park on campus.

    Parking should be paid on campus. The university and the student body should leverage their impressive size to help the county (and region — oh no! the dreaded RTA argument) improve the transit system, reduce traffic and university environmental impact (anyone ever do a carbon footprint analysis of our campus?), and be better citizens, overall.

    Best, Walter Wenzel

    • Public transit’s all well and good, but not for people who live outside Milwaukee Co. There is essentially little to no public transit outside of Milwaukee. Those students have to drive. And no, many of us aren’t willing to move closer to campus. Adult, married students with families are NOT willing to live in dirty apartment buildings with loud drunk obnoxious underage students.

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      • “There is essentially little to no public transit outside of Milwaukee.” — there is, I know. This sucks. I have family that lives outside of both the city and the county and would love an RTA. Universities often take the role of being political leaders in their regions and cities. They often do this because students demand their administrators do it. By focusing on having a car culture the university’s students failed to bring the clout of 30,000 residents to bear on a vacillating county and state government on the positive business and social role an RTA would play in the area.

        “dirty apartment buildings with loud drunk obnoxious underage students.” — this is cruel for no reason. If more adult, married students with families chose to live near UWM in the beautiful homes and apartments around here, they would help influence us troubling 20-somethings. I’m sure of it.

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    • The attitude that this not-so-“greattomato” exhibits is exactly the cause of the parking mess that we are in. Over many years, the administrators responsible for parking and transit thought that they can force faculty and staff and students to live within one block of campus (to satisfy their social and political fantasy) by not planning for parking capacity, and by increasing parking rates to astronomical levels. This unrealistic and preposterous attitude has made a total mess of campus parking, and has made parking one of the most negative issues affecting the morale of faculty and staff.

      • Your argument confuses me. We are an urban campus. Is it the mess of parking administrators at the municipal level that parking is difficult in milwaukee? If you want vast parking lots at your campus go to somewhere not in an urban neighborhood. Try UW- Superior. They’ve got sq miles upon sq miles of parking.

  23. Trying to park in winter is terrible. In the blocks surrounding UWM, plows block people in, and instead of shoveling themselves out, people just insist on driving over the mounds of snow. That may work if you’re in truck or SUV, but if you have a car that’s lower to the ground, you can’t get over the snow to get into a parking spot. Mounds of snow take up space that could be used for parking. This is a problem all over the city, but UWM has a lot of commuters that need to be able to park near school. It’s really discouraging to see multiple places where you could park if there wasn’t a mountain of snow there.

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  24. I have worked at many universities. This is the first one that would charge a large $ amount for any faculty, staff to park. The prices are outrageous and should be lowered for the staff who are full time and are driving to and parking in lots each and everyday. The money making scheme for parking here at UWM is bad. Give both the students and faculty, staff a break on this. Lower from $ 60 a month to $30 a month. Still make $$ and is much more reassemble for all of us.

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  25. I think an incentive for staff/faculty to use the city bus would be great for the environment, parking situations/difficulty, and campus morale; give staff/faculty access to the UPass or a discounted version of some kind, I would stop driving to work if I had one! And I come to work with a toddler!

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  26. UWM Should have a deal with a parking lot downtown that is less expensive than the one at the Grand Ave. Mall. Even better, there should be a park and ride lot bus option for those that work in the downtown locations. It would only be 3-4 stops and would be a great service to your employees and students who are often treated as if they are not even a part of the campus community.

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  27. I find it outrageous that there is not one parking structure reserved for faculty and staff as in most other universities. We all have busy schedules and allowing the extra 30 minutes to find parking is just a waste of time and increases our stress level. It should not cost $10 a day for faculty or staff to park at their work place especially when we consider all the budget crunches we have been subjected to. We can’t all live in Shorewood or walking distance from campus. This suggests a lack of understanding, support and concern from our leadership. What about making us feel welcomed, appreciated and safe at the work place…We invest a lot in this institution, should it be time to get something back like a reserved parking structure for faculty and staff.

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    • To Bernard Zinck – Unfortunately, the current parking and transit leadership has no understanding of your valid concerns. There are many faculty members and staff who waste a lot of time looking for parking each day, or leave work every two hours to move their cars that are parked on the city streets. And this is supposed to be a research university where researchers stay late to work?

  28. I would charge a nominal fee to park in the NWQ parking ramp ($1-2 a day). Students that don’t park in the ramp shouldn’t have to subsidize those that choose to drive to campus through segregated fees.

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  29. Obviously, a complex issue. Starting with my selfish perspective as an instructor for whom bus transit is impractical (transfers, long distance): there have been times when I was very close to having to choose between parking illegally and not teaching my class. I regularly arrive to campus half an hour to an hour early to find parking (in semesters when my schedule doesn’t require me to teach at 8 am: that early, parking isn’t too hard to find). I have an in-car meter, so some spots are open to me that aren’t generally available.

    I realize I could buy parking…but the rates are impractical for a part-time instructor. Yet my presence on campus is just as important and necessary to my students as that of a full-time instructor.

    Perhaps such faculty/staff parking spots could be prorated for part-time employees: in conjunction with the in-car meter, anyone paying for a “half-time” spot would have X hours per month (kept track of by the meter), vs. full-time, which would have unlimited. Obviously the half-time rate would be less expensive.

    But yes: Necessary faculty/staff should *always* have a place to park. It’s good to encourage those who can bus or bike to do so, but many of us do live close enough to make that practical.

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  30. It would be great to have another shuttle option further south like the lot they used have to have at the McKinley Marina. Currently if I want to use the shuttle I literally drive past campus to get to the lot which adds extra time to my commute both ways, especially in the evening when there is more traffic then as well.

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  31. Your survey includes multiple fallacies of false choice. I don’t want to pay more to park near my place of employment, where I feel safe walking to my car and don’t have to spend an additional hour getting to and from my car each day. Parking on-campus should be free for staff who have to spend 8 hours a day, or more, here. If you want staff members to go the extra mile to assist faculty, students, and visitors even if it is normal closing time, then parking should be free on-campus to staff or the costs should be kept low. Why should I have to pay UWM to stay an extra five minutes to help someone for which I don’t get paid? At our salary, every penny counts. Thank you.

  32. Parking around campus is horrible. I first tried taking the MCT park and ride, but its a waste of time when you have to be at the bus stop 2 hours before your class because there aren’t any other busses that would get you to campus for your class on time. The bus would be crowded and it was difficult to get any reading done. I started to use the Humboldt parking lot. Last year there were more shuttles running at night. This past semester I waited almost an hour for a shuttle to come by yet 4 in a row came for Cambridge. That was ridiculous. Also in the winter, and even earlier in the semester, that lot is getting so full that parking can be really difficult as well. So, I’ve started to try in park at the Klotsche Center. It mostly works, but it is frustrating that it will say parking is available and then it is not. I got stuck down there in a line for 15 minutes because cars just kept coming. I arrived early for a non class lecture only to have to not attend because I could not find parking. I am a graduate student but I think all professors should be able to park on campus free as well. They have earned that and I was shocked that parking isn’t really offered for them.
    What concerns me is that we have this new building going up that is to attract more students as we make our name as a research institute, and we cannot even handle the amount of students now on campus. The options offered aren’t working. We need another shuttle lot like Humboldt and we need more frequent shuttles. The county bus doesn’t work well because they have even cut back on times and routes for non-students.
    Also, please do something about the cross walk between Enderis and the Library Union. I’ve almost been hit several times already this semester by high speeding cars when I was ALREADY in the cross walk- and not stepping into the cross walk to “challenge” the car. Its getting out of hand.

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  33. Campus Parking options: I’ve tried them all and they are all not ideal.

    Reserved permit: over $1400 a year, restricted to one lot. Even though it’s reserved, it can be full is someone parks in the wrong spot. So you park in a numbered spot, then YOU are the one to get a ticket for parking in the wrong place. I had a friend who parked in a numbered spot one morning and came back to see that they had changed the spot to reserved during the day (with no notice), and there was a ticket on his car.

    Hunting Permit: Pay $900 a year to not be guaranteed a spot? can you say ridiculous? I don’t have numbers, but have been told they oversell by at least 200%. if you come in after 7 AM, you may not get a spot, and if you leave during the day, forget it! I have already spent an hour trying to finds a space by cruising all the lots.

    In car Meter: At 65 cents an hour a good option for those who are not full time, but if you work 2080 hours in the year (full time equivalent) that’s almost $1400 a year, and you can guarantee you’ll still get tickets when your batteries go out, the machine doesn’t work due to the cold, or you handle it “just so” and bump the button to shut it off. And don’t forget, all these meters are used in the same spots as the permit to hunt which is already oversold.

    A PS about the in car meter.. they are no longer making them and I have heard thru the grapevine that the thought is to go to using your smart phone to pay for parking. Let me tell you, while students may all have one, I would bet half of the workers on campus don’t and can’t afford one after paying for parking and not getting a raise the last 15 years of more than 1% of their already pitiful salaries. Studies have shown that our university employees make at least 29% less than their counterparts in the public sector.

    UPark: Take the car to a Upark after driving out of the way / extra miles to get there within 5 min of campus. So no gas savings, and sometimes more depending on where you live. Then you need to allow 30-45 minutes minimum to wait in the cold or heat, to get a shuttle, which can often be full. So they drop you on campus after a 10-20 minute ride and you have a 15-20 minute walk in the cold/hot/wet cause there is not a stop convenient to your building. After work, for those who work til 4:30, which is about 1000 classified staff, you truck across campus to get to a stop, wait for 10-20 minutes cause the buses all fill up immediately and if you’re one of the later stops, you may wait as much as half an hour to even get on one. You get back to the UPark and either freeze while shoveling out your car, or melt from it sitting in the blistering heat all day. I calculated it took me almost 2 extra hours a day using this option.

    Park on the city streets: if you do so, you will be part of the club of staff who leave their office every hour to move their car so they don’t get a ticket, which usually runs about $30. And if you’re not careful, the other guy will place hit ticket on your car and hope you’re stupid enough to not look at it and pay it for him.

    Final analysis: it costs me about $2600 a year in gas and parking, not counting tickets, wear and tear on car, etc. That translates to a cost of about $1.25 an hour for the privilege of working on campus. I’d actually make more if I retired!

    Thanks for listening!

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  34. Parking on and around UWM is a mess, no doubt about it. But if parking is made easier and less expensive, more people will be encouraged to drive in; therefore, more cars clogging up the works. Is that really the best solution?

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  35. I commute everyday to class and I’ve had an awful experience with the free student parking in the klotchke center. Firstly, the number of available spots sign at the enterence is almost always wrong causing me to waste time driving down 4 levels to find it’s full when the sign said there were available spots. Secondly, the workers are terrible. Once it fills up, they leave the “lot full” sign up even when people exit, opening up a spot. Yesterday, I was waiting at the enterence as I saw 4 cars exit. There wasn’t even a worker present at the booth to let me in!

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  36. I’m stunned by the number of delusional people who think the University makes money off parking and tickets. Parking & Transit will take another decade or more just to pay off the costs of constructions of the Pavilion parking structure; they are understaffed, and cannot afford to pay enough for student workers to get a reliable source of staffing for booths in the NWQ and elsewhere.

    It is absurd and unrealistic to compare the costs of parking here to those at MSOE (which basically owns its neighborhood) or Marquette (ditto). Land around UWM is appallingly valuable because (despite the occasional “ZOMG there are STUDENTS in my block!” moron) people value being close to a major university. We can’t just condemn a block or two worth of valuable private homes, tear them down, and build a parking structure. (And if we did? We’d have to pay for it, as we are for the Pavilion.)

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    • Nonesense! You apparently don’t know much about the condition and history of UWM parking. University makes MUCH more money that is needed for all its legitimate parking needs. That’s why they build large reserves, that then get raided for software, or scholarships, or by the state itself. Millions of dollars of parking fees have gone that way. And the Pavilion…the cost per unit spot was 5-6 times higher than an above ground structures. Then why did they build it underground?
      Why didn’t the UWM parking administrators have the forethought to acquire land over many years, like MSOE or Marquette? Why did they not build a garage under the Architecture building when they could? Why didn’t they plan to convert existing campus space, or existing surface lots into above-ground lots over the years?

  37. Students & staff living south of the Hoan Bridge really do need a better UPark option than the Capitol/Humboldt location. I used to use the 40U MCTS park and ride until my driver’s window was smashed — there isn’t any security at the MCTS lots.

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  38. For those of us who are only on campus after 5 p.m. it would be nice if we could get our UPASS stickers by mail. Trying to get down to the UWM campus before 5 p.m. on a weekday from Washington Co. just is not going happen. I’d even be willing to pay a small mailing fee for this just to avoid the hassle. At the very least have the stickers available at the Information Desk in the Union!

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  39. Why the **** isn’t the shuttle to UPark on a Monday night not running past 8:25? The schedule specifically says that the last bus leaves at 10:10 at the union. This is the THIRD time this has happened. I currently have to call boss, wait, get tou car, drive home. It’s 9:06 currently and I am a leukemia patient who just got out of a 8 day stint in the hospital last week. YOU PEOPLE MADE ME MISS MY 9:00 MEDS!!! This is completely unacceptable when this school had stolen THOUSANDS of dollars from me.

    Thanks for nothing.

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  40. It is very frustrating to me that I struggle to find a place to park on campus everyday. I pay to utilize the NWQ parking, yet by the time I get to campus at 9, it is closed and never reopens as people leave the structure. It is very hard to for me it commute an hour to go to school here at UWM and not have a place to park that is close to or on campus. I have waited for 45 minutes some days, almost making me late for class when I already leave an hour and a half before class starts.

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  41. I think making students and faculty pay for parking is ridiculous. This campus would not be here without both of us, why should be pay to go to work or class? To be honest, there are days when I am running late and the bus won’t get there in time, or may not even show up, and I contemplate skipping class because I know I’ll never find parking. I am sure faculty get just as frustrated and wish they could take the morning off. I think as long as you have a student ID or a faculty ID then parking on campus should be free

    • Making parking free would not magically create parking spaces, Brooke. Nor would it be physically possible to create parking spaces for all students and faculty.

      It’s a radical idea, but…I wonder if there would be any way to give priority to some people over others. The closer to campus you live and/or work (in the case of anyone who needs to leave campus and go directly to work), the lower priority you’d receive – and the further from campus you live and/or work, the higher. A colleague of mine regularly drove to her classes…despite living literally 100 yards from campus (she was parking at the other end of campus). That sort of thing needs to be discouraged.

      I doubt this would work. It would require bureaucracy, updated records, and safeguards for cheating…would probably cost more to administer than it brought in.

      Still: it ought to be clear this campus has a serious parking problem. Not enough spaces on campus – and the off-campus parking is a joke, given the existence of 30-minute and one-hour parking zones, when no class is that short.

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      • Making parking free would not magically create parking spaces, 2fs, but not planning to add parking capacity over decades will certainly make a mess out of parking as we have today. Brooke is certainly right. Faculty and staff are being taxed at exorbitant rates to come to work.
        I heard a parking administrator comparing parking rates for faculty and staff to meter rates in downtown Milwaukee. Well, the faculty and staff are not coming here for a couple of hours each weekend to go to a restaurant and relax. They are not coming here for leisure. They are coming at least 8 hours a day to work. The price that they have to pay to do their work is outrageous!

      • ST wrote: “Making parking free would not magically create parking spaces, 2fs, but not planning to add parking capacity over decades will certainly make a mess out of parking as we have today. Brooke is certainly right. Faculty and staff are being taxed at exorbitant rates to come to work.”

        What Brooke suggested was free parking not only for faculty and staff (which is arguably worth doing) but for all students as well. I replied it would not be physically possible to do that.

        Nothing you wrote addresses that. Unless you think it’s feasible or desirable to build a 30-story-tall parking tower. There is no way ALL students could have parking…it would be ridiculous in any event, since students in the dorms, and students who live only blocks from campus, in most situations wouldn’t be driving anyway.

    • Brooke: Making parking free will not create more parking spaces. And there is simply no space to guarantee every student, faculty, and staff person a parking spot.

      In a version of this comment that apparently got swallowed, I wondered aloud about a variable-rate system whereby people who live or work further from campus either paid less or were given priority for spaces…but the administrative cost of maintaining such a system, keeping track of data, etc., would probably far outweigh its benefits.

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  42. Clearly everyone here is frustrated with the terrible parking options on campus. I would venture to say that UWM parking and Milwaukee parking regulations are an indirect cause for why quite a few students end up doing poorly in class.

    I can’t be the only one that’s driven around for 15+ minutes trying to find a legal spot to park before deciding “The hell with it” and just skipping class. Please, please for the sake of the students, do something to make it less frustrating to get to class.

    • I totally agree with you! On Monday and Friday I only have one class. If I can’t find parking after 15-20 minutes I say “screw it” and go home! Which is totally a waste of gas and obviously, skipping class is not right either!

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  43. Parking at UWM is absolutely horrible. On Tuesdays-Thursdays I have class from 9:30am-3pm. In order to get “free” parking at the NWQ I have to get there by 8am. But sometimes when I get there it’s already full. Then I have to pay for parking, which costs me around $7 for the day! Thats crazy!

    There needs to be more free student parking. Especially when almost all of the parking lots are for staff only parking until 3pm.

    Or if there can’t be more free student parking, you should allow us to buy some sort of parking pass for the semester/year at a reasonable price.

    UWM is a huge school with a TON of commuters, yet it is one of the worst schools to be a commuter at!

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  44. There needs to be less 1 hour parking and more 2 hour parking but especially 3 hour and 4 hour parking. Students take at least 2 classes in a row and they are usually longer than 50 minutes each. It’s ridiculous to have to re-park your car in between classes. 3 hour parking and 4 hour parking are necessary. Otherwise get more free all day parking structures like the NWQ that don’t close at 8 a.m. and open in the afternoon. It’s ridiculous that I have to drive all the way from out of town to get here before 8 a.m. to get a spot for 2 or 3 classes that are more than an hour long each.

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  45. Being a graduate student who not only has to intern off-campus, but also works on-campus, I find it at times extremely irritating that there is not enough parking ANYWHERE near campus. There are days where I am constantly having to travel between both my intern site and campus, which does not give me the luxury of being able to utilize services such as the shuttles, buses, biking, or walking. This is an occurrence for the majority of graduate students because we are required to have field work in our area of study, but also have to have non-class related meetings on-campus regularly. Not to mention that there is also the factor of classes that go along with everything else that is involved in being a grad student. I find it annoying that UWM’s Parking & Transit does not seem to have an understanding of these factors, that could also impact a fairly decent size of upper-level undergraduates as well.

    • I should clarify that when I say “these factors” I am talking about the fact that grad students are constantly having to travel between locations throughout the city with very little time between, leaving there being no other option then using our own personal vehicles to get around.

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  46. Here is one not mentioned above, I am a current student with a parking permit at Cambridge commons, now my radiator blew while I was coming in today. My only option was to fix it in my parking spot (I doubt a tow truck could fit) After about five hours of work, a housing staff came to report that working on cars in the 500$$$ parking spots is no longer allowed due to messes. Now i understand yes you can spill oil everywhere, but what about just being charged for causing such damage. It is easy to keep a clean work area, I have seen many students working on their cars, so I know I’m not the only one. If I have to pay the outrageous 500$ for my spot I should be able to use it (and be responsible for it.) The water mess wont hurt the floor. I have never once seen the garage cleaned during the winter as is. And further agreeing with above: Charging staff for parking is absolutely ridiculous!

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  47. Stop left hand turns off of Hartford into the NWQ parking. Today traffic at 8am was backed up to, and down Oakland in both directions. Traffic could not make right turns off Oakland onto Hartford nor could they make left hands turns. Everyone was at a complete stop and that becomes a safety issue for traffic anywhere around the area.

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