Committees & DTFs

Parking Expansion DTF

Parking Expansion DTF

Parking Expansion Disappearing Task Force

  • January 5, 2000
  • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Meeting Notes

Attending: Jill Cordner, Thad Curtz, John Cushing, Deston Denniston, Wendy
Freeman, Steve Huntsberry, Trevor Lytle, Sherry Parsons, Paul Przybylowicz,
Darren Shaffer, Michael Van Gelder, Bill Zaugg, John Carmichael

1. Subcommittee reports

a. Outreach. Thad said that the next step in outreach would be an article
in the CPJ. Wendy suggested that the group create posters showing many of
the options and display them around campus. Several members expressed
hesitation about posters. Do we have enough information about the options?
Is it too much information for passers-by to absorb? Are all of the options
really feasible?

b. Environmental impacts. Trevor said that two studies are underway. One
is a survey of large trees in B and C lots. The other is a survey to be
distributed from the parking booth. Results should be available within two
weeks. The subcommittee considered looking at water run-off, but believes
that others may already be looking at that issue.

c. Budget. No report.

d. Commute Trip Reduction. Sherry asked what the DTF needs from this
subcommittee. Thad asked the subcommittee to consider two questions. If
the college had a substantial amount of money for the Commute Trip Reduction
program, how should it be used? If the Commute Trip Reduction program had
more institutional authority -- for instance, the power to affect work
schedules -- what would it do?

2. Report from John Cushing

a. John Cushing described the Semniar II design process. In selecting a
site and building design, the Seminar II DTF has been careful to preserve
the feeling of a campus nestled in the woods. John relayed a concern that
these efforts could be thwarted if the Parking Expansion DTF did not have
similar criteria. Some of the parking options under consideration, which
may involve straightening parking rows and removing large trees, would
change the "in the woods" feel. John invited any interested Parking DTF
members to attend the Seminar II design meetings, held every Monday from
3:00 to 5:00 in the Facilities Conference Room.

b. John shared some details from the college's growth plan that may help the
Parking DTF plan. The college plans to increase enrollment by 1,177
students above current levels by the 2010-2011 academic year. Of these new
students, 400 will be added in the Evening and Weekend Studies, Tacoma, or graduate
programs, so are not likely to need daytime weekday parking on campus.

c. John was asked about the effect of class scheduling on parking demand.
He said that there is room for scheduling more classes on Mondays and
Fridays. During the Lecture Hall remodel, the college was able to make up
for the loss of that space mainly by scheduling classes during less popular
times. Some faculty feel that it is difficult to get students to attend
classes scheduled on Mondays and Fridays.

3. Report from Michael Van Gelder

Sherry Parsons introduced Michael Van Gelder, who was formerly the Commute
Trip Reduction (CTR) coordinator for Intercity Transit, and now works for
the state Department of General Administration, developing CTR programs for
state agencies. Michael described several factors that can reduce commuting
and demand for parking:
* restricted access to parking
* increased parking fees
* financial incentives or subsidies
* programmatic elements (for instance, help arranging carpools, van pools,
compressed work weeks, etc.).

Successful programs have reduced commuting by 15-39 percent. The average
reduction is approximately 20 percent. Sherry said that Evergreen's program
has typically achieved a reduction of about 4 percent. Michael reported
that SPSCC, UW, and the University of Oregon at Eugene have successful CTR
programs. Intercity Transit will soon be implementing a program to make
free bus passes available to all state employees in Thurston County.
Michael suggested that the college ask the county to temporarily waive its
requirements for more parking to allow time to try reducing demand though a
more comprehensive CTR program.

4. Next meeting

The next meeting is Wednesday, January 12 from 1:00-3:00 in Library 1507.
Agenda items may include:
* Developing a list of criteria.
* Narrowing the list of options to those that are feasible.

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