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Transportation Services' online town hall gives customers an opportunity to learn about parking and transportation changes that we’re considering and provide feedback.

We will post proposals on an ongoing basis. After the comment period for any given proposal ends, we will post a summary of community input and update on the planned project/policy. Results of past proposals appear at the bottom of this page.

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Current Proposals

Reserved Parking Program Changes

Comment Period: June 17 – July 11, 2018

Background

Transportation Services is considering reconfiguring the reserved parking program to offer three different types of reserved parking. Currently, only one type of reserved parking is available – the 24/7 Reserved space – which is reserved for the exclusive use of a single individual or department at all times. Because reserved parking customers come and go frequently, their reserved spaces are often vacant, representing a poorly utilized university resource. They are also a source of significant frustration to faculty, staff and students who are trying to locate proximity parking in a congested environment.

Under the proposed system, Transportation Services would offer three tiers of reserved parking: Gold, Blue, and White. Each tier would have different pricing and different benefits. White reserved spaces would be pooled in reserved lots where space in the lot is guaranteed during the hours of exclusive use but use of a specific space is not guaranteed. Blue reserved spaces would continue to be assigned individually but would open to other permit holders after the hours of exclusive use. Gold reserved spaces would function the same way current reserved spaces do.

Type

Exclusive Hours

Individual or Pooled

After Hours Use

Evening Parking Option

Future Price

Current Price

White

6 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays

Pooled

Any permit holder

Any permit space

1.5x A permit price

Not Applicable

Blue

6 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays

Individual

Any permit holder

Any permit space

2x A permit price

Not Applicable

Gold

24/7

Individual

Not Applicable

Assigned space

3x A permit price

1.87x A permit price

Project/Policy Intent

Reserved spaces meet important university business needs, providing a highly predictable and proximate parking option for faculty and staff who must move between locations frequently (including off-campus locations) and for departments that host a large number of short-term visitors. We expect this change to honor the need of some individuals and departments for highly predictable and proximate parking while improving the use of university resources and improving parking availability for A, B and S permit holders.

Opportunity for Community Input

Transportation Services is seeking recommendations from the campus community on whether this change should be made.

When providing feedback, please be as specific as possible (e.g., “I support this proposal because _____.” or “I have concerns about this proposal because ________.” or “I support this proposal with the following changes: ________.)

If you are expressing opposition to the proposed change, suggestions for other solutions that can address the policy’s intent would be greatly appreciated.


 

Past Proposals

SIO Sticker Program Expansion

Comment Period: June 17-24, 2018

Background

Transportation Services is considering restricting access to parking lots P011-016 to Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) affiliates. The SIO sticker (aka “Fish Stamp”) program currently restricts access to parking areas P001-010 to Scripps Institution of Oceanography affiliates. Construction is currently affecting parking availability in other lots for which SIO affiliates are the primary users – specifically, lots P011-P016. With SIO being somewhat geographically isolated, few suitable alternatives are available for SIO faculty, staff and student parking.

Project/Policy Intent

Overflow parking from the central campus is combining with construction to make parking by SIO affiliates difficult and, in some cases, affecting SIO operations. The expansion of the SIO sticker program is intended to reduce overflow parking impacts and support continuity of SIO operations.

Summary

We received 57 comments, of which 48 voiced support for the change and 9 expressed opposition or raised concerns. 

The primary concern was one of the SIO sticker requirement creating an impediment to collaboration with central campus colleagues. Respondents also raised concerns about administrative barriers to occasional parking access for the SIO community, including the need to have day permits stamped at the Director’s Office. Additional concerns were raised regarding undergraduate access to SIO facilities.

Those expressing concerns made a number of helpful suggestions, including replacing the SIO sticker with a SIO window decal that could be used with day permits, improving the number/distribution of V spaces and creating more places where a day permit could be stamped.

Outcome

Will be posted soon.

Hourly Parking Restriction in B Spaces

Comment Period: June 17-24, 2018

Background

Transportation Services is considering a policy change to prohibit the use of pay station (machine-issued) permits and ParkMobile (app-issued) virtual permits in B permit spaces. Pay station permits and ParkMobile virtual permits are currently valid in all B, S and V spaces. This has had a significant adverse effect on B permit availability and on parking predictability for employees. If this change takes place, Transportation Services would increase the number of V spaces, while incrementally reducing the number of B spaces.

Project/Policy Intent

We expect this change to increase predictability and space availability for B permit parking customers.

Summary

We received 23 comments, 12 in favor, 8 opposed or expressing concerns, and 3 neutral or posing questions.

The primary concern was that the proposed incremental reduction i the number of B spaces and that reducing use of B space by individuals using pay station permits would not be sufficient to offset this. Respondents also raised concerns that spillover from visitor spaces could now disproportionately impact students (S spaces).

Outcome

Transportation Services will implement the proposal before fall quarter. With B spaces already impacted by the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood (NTPLLN), incremental reduction in the number of B spaces will not be implemented before the Osler Parking Structure opens and the B stall count is restored to pre-NTPLLN numbers.

Bike Lane Modifications, Lyft/Uber Pickup Zone

Comment Period: May 21 through June 4, 2018

Background

Transportation Services, in coordination with Campus Planning, is considering a restriping of Matthews Lane adjacent to the Price Center Loop. Currently, the road features bike lanes on both sides that are moderately used. Both bike lanes are frequently obstructed by commercial loading activity and pickup/drop-off by ride-hailing services (e.g., Lyft/Uber). The restriping project would remove both bike lanes, move the center line several feet to the north, add sharrows (shared lane markings) to the general purpose travel lanes, and establish a parking lane on the south side of the road that includes both commercial loading zones and passenger loading zones.

Current Configuration

Matthews Ln. - current configuration

Proposed Configuration

Matthews Ln. - proposed configuration

Project/Policy Intent

The commercial and passenger loading activity on Matthews Lane signals an unmet need. This project is intended to meet that need. By offering a formal solution, this change also intends to prevent the normalization of bicycle lane obstruction and create a more legible and predictable environment for bicyclists and motorists alike.

Summary

We received 16 comments, 14 of which supported the proposal. Several individuals recommended education for cyclists and/or motorists along with signage that would communicate the need to share the lane and the right of cyclists to fully occupy the lane. Some respondents were reluctant to remove any bicycle infrastructure; however, it was noted that the current infrastructure isn’t functioning as intended and that the proposed configuration would likely improve safety and legibility for all modes.

Outcome

Transportation Services will pursue implementation of these changes, targeting completion before Fall Quarter 2018.

North Campus Shuttle Route Modification

Comment Period: May 11–20, 2018

Background

Transportation Services is considering changes to the North Campus Shuttle for implementation on June 18, 2018.

New stops are being considered, including Torrey Pines Center South (westbound) and UC San Diego Extension/ Marshall College (eastbound). Travelers returning to the Gliderport or traveling from the Gliderport toward Price Center would experience a few minutes of added travel time.

View current route map and proposed route.

Project/Policy Intent

When North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood construction begins on June 18, 2018, parking lots P207 and P208 will close. The Torrey Pines Gliderport will absorb a portion of the displaced parking, making enhanced shuttle connections important. Addition of a shuttle stop at Torrey Pines Center South (TPCS) will provide better connectivity for faculty and staff traveling to Human Resources and provide a shuttle connection to underutilized parking in the TPCS garage. It will also provide an additional comfort station for shuttle driver breaks.

Summary

We received a 18 comments. Most respondents comingled feedback on this item and the potential changes to the West Campus Connector. Comments were overwhelmingly positive. One respondent did express reservations about the loss of bi-directional transfer options. Others expressed appreciation for the expanded number of mono-directional transfer options.

Outcome: Transportation Services will continue the time studies for these modifications with the intention of making route and schedule revisions on June 18, 2018. The final route and schedule will be announced via First to Know and on this website.

West Campus Connector Shuttle Route Modification

Comment Period: May 11–20, 2018

Background

Transportation Services is considering changes to the West Campus Connector for implementation on June 18, 2018.

Northbound and southbound stops at Muir Apartments and Peterson Hall will be closed due to the closure of the campus loop road at Muir College Drive. Shuttles will need to detour onto Torrey Pines Rd.; however, a shuttle will be added to the route to preserve frequency.

The proposal under consideration would:

  • Add northbound stops at Marshall College/ UC San Diego Extension
  • Discontinue the southbound stops at Pangea and Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC)
  • Add southbound stops at the Torrey Pines Gliderport and Almahurst Row (Muir College Drive)

Southbound travelers from ERC will briefly travel out of direction to Torrey Pines Center South. All other travelers should be unaffected or experience enhanced service.

View current route map and proposed route.

Project/Policy Intent

When North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood construction begins on June 18, 2018, parking lots P207 and P208 will close. The Torrey Pines Gliderport will absorb a portion of the displaced parking, making enhanced shuttle connections important.

Summary

We received a 18 comments. Most respondents comingled feedback on this item and the potential changes to the North Campus Shuttle. Comments were overwhelmingly positive. One respondent did express reservations about the loss of bi-directional transfer options. Others expressed appreciation for the expanded number of mono-directional transfer options.

Outcome: Transportation Services will continue the time studies for these modifications with the intention of making route and schedule revisions on June 18, 2018. The final route and schedule will be announced via First to Know and on this website.

Tenets for North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood Parking Reallocation

Comment Period: April 16 through May 9, 2018

Background

At the beginning of Summer Quarter 2018, the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood will break ground disrupting approximately 970 parking spaces in lots P207 and P208. While the project will result in a net increase in parking when it opens in 2020, temporary changes to parking facilities around the construction site will be necessary to ensure that core teaching, research and service functions continue to thrive throughout construction.

Project/Policy Intent

These tenets will serve as a guide for Transportation Services as we reallocate parking (change what types of permits are valid in which areas) and consider other transportation solutions to help the university community navigate the construction period.

Draft Policy

Tenets for NTPLLN Parking Reallocation

  1. Acknowledge Unique Faculty Needs – Faculty tend to come and go frequently, making proximate parking critical to academic/research operations
  2. Expand Staff Parking Capacity – Use new parking capacity at Osler to decompress over-utilized staff parking
  3. Address Unique Resident Student Needs – Carve out residence hall parking so that it is not impacted by commuter student demand
  4. Support Impacted Auxiliaries – Limit business impacts to Extension and Faculty Club
  5. Improve Predictability – Reduce the variety of parking available in each lot to increase parking efficiency, reduce space search time, and allow accelerated deployment of sensors
  6. Leverage Shuttles – Leverage shuttle connections to Osler (staff), Expedition Way (students), and Gliderport (students) to expand parking options
  7. Maximize People Served – Increase proportion of S and B spaces dedicated to carpools
  8. Communicate Extensively – Expand communication tools to ensure that commuters get timely and relevant information

Summary

We received a 26 comments. Significant themes included:

  • Concerns that use of the Osler Parking Structure to park displaced individuals will disadvantage School of Medicine/ School of Pharmacy students, staff and faculty
  • Concern that transportation alternatives, including expanded bicycle and scooter parking, expanded transit, etc., are not explicitly addressed in the tenets
  • Concern about the reprioritization of some S and B spaces toward carpools under the current tenets
  • Concern that students and staff will be disproportionately affected by displacement under the current tenets
  • Suggestions for actions consistent with Tenet 7, including creating preferred parking options for two-person carpools and expanding time limited parking areas
  • Support for segregating A, B, S and V parking areas to reduce space search time
  • Specific suggestions for placement of additional B and S spaces

Outcome

While the tenets were originally intended to guide parking reallocation only, a ninth tenet “Emphasize Transportation Alternatives” will be added. Transportation Services will monitor effects of the parking reallocation for unintended consequences, paying special attention to concerns raised in the comments. We will also pursue opportunities for expanded staff parking north of the construction site and expanded student parking at Osler Parking Structure.

Bikeshare Preferred Parking Locations

Comment Period: April 6–19, 2018

Background

Transportation Services, in collaboration with campus partners and our bikeshare vendor, Spin, is considering establishing preferred parking zones for bikeshare bikes. Currently, bikeshare patrons are asked to park bikes at any campus bike rack. Preferred parking zones would supplement this system by providing dedicated areas for bikeshare bikes and, potentially, incentivizing riders to park at those preferred locations.

Project/Policy Intent

Preferred parking locations are intended to promote orderly parking as the bikeshare program continues to grow. In addition, preferred parking locations are intended to promote predictable bike availability in locations where bikes are in high demand.

Summary

We received three comments. One requested consideration for off-campus locations, including Chancellor Park, another highlighted the need for racks at P510 and P701, and a third suggested parking near the Osler Parking Structure and other areas affected by the upcoming P207 and P208 closure for North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood construction.

Outcome

Transportation Services will work with Spin to identify high-demand areas using their bicycle rental activity heat maps and pilot preferred parking locations at the highest demand areas. We will also encourage Spin to test bicycle placement at Chancellor Park and other adjacent campus facilities where UC San Diego faculty and staff have offices.

Other Comments

if you have feedback on another topic, email telltps@ucsd.edu.