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Virtual Town Hall

Transportation Services' Virtual Town Hall gives the campus community an opportunity to learn about parking and transportation changes that we’re considering and provide feedback.

Your feedback helps us to refine planned changes to infrastructure, policies and programs and informs our decision-making process.

We use the Virtual Town Hall format between our annual in-person town halls so that we can seek input more frequently and inclusively. If you’d like to share your thoughts or suggestions on a topic that is not posted, would like to attach images, or feel limited by the response space available, you can email us directly at TellTPS@ucsd.edu.

We post proposals on an ongoing basis. After the comment period for any given proposal ends, we post a summary of community input and update on the planned project/policy. To receive updates when new proposals open for comment or when we post results for a recently closed proposal, please subscribe to First to Know.

Results of past proposals appear below.

Current Proposals

Transportation Services has no proposals open for comment.

Differential Fees for Central Campus Student Parking, Regents Lots and Gliderport Rate Freeze

Comment Period: May 28 through June 11, 2019

Background

Student parking in the Regents lots (P704, P705 and P782) and at the Gliderport (P386) is an increasingly important part of the student parking supply, yet the level of service is substantially different than what is available for the lucky individuals who secure a space in central campus lots like Hopkins or Pangea. The fact that a single permit is good on both the central campus and at these shuttle-dependent locations causes many students to look for parking on the central campus first. This creates localized supply and demand imbalances and represents poor customer service.

Project/Policy Intent

The cost of an S student permit was expected to increase by $5/month for the coming academic year, whether the permit is used in the Regents lots, at the Gliderport or on the central campus. Instead, Transportation Services proposes to increase the cost of an S permit by $15 a month while introducing a new D or “discounted” student permit valid at the Regents lots and Gliderport. The D permit would be the same price as the current S permit, meaning that a student who parks at the Regents lots or Gliderport with an S permit today could continue to park there next year for the same price.

In addition to freezing rates for permits at the Regents lots and Gliderport as a part of this proposal, the current pay-by-app “daily discount” rate of $3/day for P782 and the Gliderport would be frozen at current rates for the next two years. The ability to pay by app would be extended to P704 and P705 at the current daily S permit rate of $4/day, meaning more students would be able to save by switching to pay by app and paying for just the parking they use. This change would also include real-time parking availability for the Regents lots in the campus app prior to fall quarter.

Summary

We received 64 comments with 21 comments expressing support and 43 comments expressing concern or opposition.

Comments in support focused on the benefit of reducing central campus parking congestion and providing student options at a wider variety of price points with some arguing for a greater differential than proposed.

Comments expressing concern or opposition focused on equity concerns as a result of proximity or demand-based pricing and concern about any parking rate increase. Some respondents confused the Gliderport (P386) with Torrey Pines State Beach.

Several comments suggested the inclusion or exclusion of specific parking lots and raised questions about how D permits would work with special designators.

Outcome

Transportation Services will implement the proposed change for Fall Quarter 2019 and will consult with the Student Transportation Advisory Committee when developing the implementation plan.

Fall 2020 Second-Year Parking Restriction

Comment Period: May 28 through June 11, 2019

Background

Several years ago, UC San Diego introduced a parking restriction that prohibited freshmen from purchasing parking permits, except under certain circumstances. Such restrictions are common on university campuses, particularly on campuses that, like UC San Diego, have housing guarantees. With a Target store expected to open on campus within the next year and the opening of North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood in fall 2020 brining additional housing, retail and dining options to campus, the need for freshmen and sophomores to have access to a private automobile will be significantly reduced. Carsharing with Zipcar, unlimited transit access with U-Pass, Lyft discounts, bike sharing and shuttles (including the new weekend off-campus shuttle) combine to meet the typical freshman or sophomore mobility needs.

Project/Policy Intent

Transportation Services is considering extending the current freshman parking restriction to sophomores, beginning in Fall Quarter 2020. This means that current freshmen making normal academic progress would be unaffected while most new freshmen enrolling in fall 2019 would not be eligible to purchase a permit until their third year.

As with the current freshman parking restriction, waivers would be available for individuals eligible for accessible parking, work or family care commitments, or other unique circumstances that make parking a private vehicle on campus necessary. The restriction would only apply to presold parking permits and would not apply to the use of parking pay stations or purchase of daily/hourly parking through the campus parking app; those resources would remain an option for both freshmen and sophomores.

By extending the current freshman parking permit restriction to sophomores, UC San Diego hopes to reduce the amount of campus parking used for long-term vehicle storage or for commuting from locations adjacent to campus that are well-served by transit and the U-Pass program. The policy would consistent with UC San Diego’s commitment to carbon neutrality and seeks to limit parking construction costs that would increase parking permit prices for all who use the campus parking system and reduce the availability of funds for shuttles and programs that support low-impact commuting.

Summary

We received a total of 89 comments. Of those commenting, 31 expressed support while 58 were opposed or expressed concerns. Roughly half of those supporting the measure were undergraduates.

Comments in support highlighted the investment being made in housing, resources used by campus residents for vehicle storage, the need to increase parking availability for commuters, other transportation resources available to students who live on or near campus, and the need to reduce traffic and emissions from commuting.

Comments expressing opposition or concerns tended to focus on personal circumstances that would qualify for a waiver (e.g., internships, living with family outside San Diego, specialized medical care). Others expressed concern about ease of access to a broader range of grocery and dining options than are currently offered on campus. A third trend included concerns about the appropriateness of a restriction based on academic standing rather than a factor more clearly tied to transportation need and options, such as address.

Alternatives suggested included a restriction based on campus residency status versus class standing. Some comments also suggested extending the waiver application period.

Outcome

Transportation Services will implement the proposed restriction for Fall Quarter 2020. As indicated in the proposal, the restriction will not apply to daily parking purchased from campus pay stations or in daily lots (Gliderport/386, 782, 704, 705). Transportation Services will also review the waiver application criteria and process and evaluate an extended waiver request period.

Evening and Weekend Parking Rates

Comment Period: May 28 through June 11, 2019

See the June 28 statement

Scroll down to see updated results.

Background

UC San Diego’s La Jolla campus has approximately 5,000 structured parking spaces in either planning or construction. Investments in parking capacity and the shift toward structured parking are significantly increasing Transportation Services annual debt payments. Currently, the campus does not charge for parking on the weekend, creating inconsistency for event attendees (who have a different experience depending on the day of the event) and creating an inequity between those who park on weekdays and those who park on weekends. Ideally, all who use the parking system would share in the cost of constructing, maintaining and operating it.

Transit, walking and bicycling provide economical access to the campus during the day; however, individuals who use these choices for their regular commutes face high hourly parking rates when they must occasionally drive to campus during the evening for academic or recreation purposes.

Proposal

Transportation Services proposes to introduce a flat-rate weekend parking charge of $5/day for individuals who do not hold a regular UC San Diego parking permit. (The current discounted night and weekend permit would be preserved.) In addition, flat rate evening parking would be available for just $5 for transactions initiated after 5 p.m., whether paid at parking pay stations or in the campus parking app.

Summary

We received a total of 820 comments including 37 in support and 783 in opposition.

Many respondents misunderstood the proposal, believing it to be introducing a new evening parking fee (rather than lowering evening parking fees), introducing an additional charge for permit-holders (who will not pay an additional fee to park on the weekend), or believing it to be the only option for purchasing evening and weekend parking (the evening and weekend permit will be priced at 75% less than the pay station rate).

Comments in support focused on sharing the cost of developing and maintaining parking facilities across all who use those facilities.

Comments in opposition expressed concerns, including adverse impacts on community relations, graduate student access to labs, student access to the library or study groups, participation in student activities, and the ability for families to visit campus residents. They noted diminished transit service to the campus during the weekend. They also noted that parking was under-utilized, arguing that since there was no incremental cost to provide weekend parking, it should be free. Among those who expressed opposition to weekend parking rates, there was significant support for the reduced evening parking rate.

Some respondents offered alternatives, including starting the evening flat rate earlier (to coincide with the permit upgrade time), having a two-tiered flat rate on the weekend to provide a less expensive option for visitors parking for an hour or less, or applying a reduced hourly parking charge so that customers only pay for what they use.

Outcome

Updated 6/25/19:

Comments submitted through the Virtual Town Hall made it clear that the proposed flat rates for weekends would be an unreasonable barrier for many students – we take that very seriously.  We are committed to working with students on alternatives that incorporate their feedback to maximize student success and access.

Currently, we are in the process of discussing potential alternatives with student representatives on the Student Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC), was well as with Associated Students (AS) and Graduate Student Association (GSA) leadership and others. We anticipate that new alternatives, which will be based on student feedback, will look substantially different than the original $5 flat fee proposal.

Further, we are planning a new public engagement process to elicit feedback on and further refine those alternatives before deciding on a specific plan. That engagement process will provide substantial opportunity for student input, including input from students who are not in town over the summer. We will be collaborating with AS, GSA and STAC to publicize opportunities for input on new alternatives. In addition, all respondents to the original Virtual Town Hall will receive a notification of the opportunity to participate via the email addresses they provided when commenting. We invite others who are interested in receiving notifications regarding any new proposals and opportunities to provide feedback to subscribe to Virtual Town Hall updates via First to Know.

Original Outcome posted 6/20/19:

Transportation Services will introduce weekend parking rates at the beginning of Fall Quarter 2019. Options for the form of the weekend parking rate, including flat-fee, two-tiered, and hourly, will be reviewed with campus stakeholders, including the Student Transportation Advisory Committee and major event hosts prior to implementation. Evening parking options will also be adjusted at the beginning of Fall Quarter 2019 to promote consistency between evening and weekend parking rates.

Accessible Parking Charges

Comment Period: May 28 through June 11, 2019

Background

UC San Diego’s La Jolla campus has approximately 5,000 structured parking spaces in either planning or construction, including significant amounts of accessible parking. Existing accessible parking in surface parking lots also requires significant investment in maintenance/improvement. UC San Diego is the only school in the UC system that does not charge for disabled-person parking. Ideally, all who use the parking system would share in the cost of constructing, maintaining and operating it.

In addition, the fact that UC San Diego does not currently require individuals displaying a state-issued disabled-person parking placard to also display a campus permit, creates a strong incentive for individuals to use fraudulent (fake, borrowed, stolen or purchased) placards to obtain free parking, displacing those with limited mobility from the spaces designed to accommodate them.

Proposal

Transportation Services proposes requiring that a physical campus parking permit (e.g., A, B, S or V) or virtual permit (e.g., app payment associated with a license plate) for all individuals parked on campus. State-issued disabled-person placards or license plates would continue to be used to signify authorization to use one’s paid (physical or virtual) parking permit within a marked accessible parking space.

The change to paid disabled-person parking could be applied all at a once or phased in, with qualified students, faculty and staff receiving a reduced rate for physical permits during the first year.


Thanks to all who provided feedback on this proposal. We truly appreciate your insights. Thank you for your patience while we consider your feedback; we will post an update soon.

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Commuter Permit Purchase Restriction for Graduate Student Housing Residents

Comment Period: May 15–31, 2019

Background

A limited number of graduate students (~125) who reside on campus and receive parking bundled with their lease payment also purchase B parking permits and drive to school/work, reducing the availability of parking for university staff.

Project/Policy Intent

Transportation Services proposes restricting the sale of commuter parking permits to graduate students who reside in on-campus facilities that also include bundled parking (e.g., Mesa Nueva, One Mirimar, South Mesa, Central Mesa). This restriction would not apply to the Night and Weekend parking permit, allowing graduate student residents to continue to have an economical parking solution for off-hours lab access and other evening and weekend work/academic commitments. Graduate student residents who reside in on-campus facilities and currently purchase B permits (as of April 2019) would be grandfathered, allowing them to retain their commuter permits. A waiver/exception process would be in place to accomodate unique situations (e.g., work, child care, medical rotations at Hillcrest, etc.) for both new and existing residents.


Thanks to all who provided feedback on this proposal. We truly appreciate your insights. Thank you for your patience while we consider your feedback; we will post an update soon.

If you would like to receive a notification when we post results for this Virtual Town Hall or would like to participate in future Virtual Town Halls, please subscribe to updates via First to Know. Just check the box below “Virtual Town Hall” at the bottom of the page.

Coaster Shuttle Transition to Lyft Shared

Comment Period: May 15–31, 2019

Background

Transportation Services currently provides a free shuttle between UC San Diego and the Sorrento Valley Coaster Station. This service costs approximately $10 per ride ($20/Coaster-commuter/day) to operate, making it one of the most expensive routes in the Triton Transit system. Additionally, the Coaster Shuttle features a limited number of stops on campus, requiring some users to walk a significant distance or take a connecting shuttle.

Proposal

Transportation Services is considering elimination of the Coaster Shuttle and replacing the service with Lyft Shared at a projected cost of $6 per ride (to be paid by Transportation Services). This service would be limited to UC San Diego students, faculty and staff who purchase their Coaster Pass through Transportation Services and would provide a more direct connection between the Sorrento Valley Coaster Station and individual campus buildings/offices.

The department is also evaluating introduction of 50% cost-sharing with students, faculty and staff who use the service. This would further reduce Transportation Services’ subsidy of transit to/from the Sorrento Valley Coaster Station to approximately $3/ride or $6/day (with riders also contributing approximately $3/ride or $6/day). These changes would generate between $140,000 and $250,000 in annual savings that could support other transit/shuttle programs.


Thanks to all who provided feedback on this proposal. We truly appreciate your insights. Thank you for your patience while we consider your feedback; we will post an update soon.

If you would like to receive a notification when we post results for this Virtual Town Hall or would like to participate in future Virtual Town Halls, please subscribe to updates via First to Know. Just check the box below “Virtual Town Hall” at the bottom of the page.

South Campus Shuttle Route Change

Comment Period: May 3–14, 2019

Background

The South Campus Shuttle currently connects the graduate student housing complex on the east campus to the upper campus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), via the south edge of the central campus. On average, stops on the Scripps campus serve less than 20 individuals per day. The service between the central campus and SIO duplicates SIO Shuttle service.

Project/Policy Intent

Transportation Services proposes to truncate the South Campus Shuttle at Mandeville Center. This would generate immediate savings of roughly $250,000 and prepare the South Campus Shuttle for integration.

Summary

We received 14 comments including 10 in support, 3 with concerns, and 1 in opposition. Supporters emphasized cost savings and service reliability. Those with concerns raised questions about the SIO Shuttle schedule and identified opportunities to mitigate truncation of the South route by adding additional service to SIO in the morning and extending evening hours for the SIO route. The opposing comment focused on opportunities to grow ridership, which will continue to be applicable after the change.

Outcome

This change will be implemented for Summer Quarter 2019. Additional early morning service will be added to the SIO Shuttle and extending SIO Shuttle service into the evening will be evaluated.

Weekend Shuttle Changes for Fall Quarter 2019

Comment Period: May 3–14, 2019

Background

During the regular academic year, Transportation Services operates limited service on the North Campus and South Campus shuttle routes, primarily for the benefit of campus residents.

Project/Policy Intent

In partnership with Housing, Dining, and Hospitality, Transportation Services proposes to replace the limited North Campus and South Campus service with a new service that would connect both on-campus locations (e.g., Price Center, Geisel Library, RIMAC, residence halls) and popular off-campus destinations (e.g., the Shops at La Jolla Village and La Jolla Village Square). Routes would be developed over the summer quarter in consultation with the Student Transportation Advisory Committee and the new service would be launched for Fall Quarter 2019.

Summary

We received 10 comments. The proposal enjoyed strong support from all student and staff respondents with one former student not in support. Concerns were raised about preservation of weekend connections to SIO and the potential for duplication of existing MTS service. Students also expressed enthusiasm about the potential for this service change to increase shuttle frequency.

Outcome

This change will be implemented for the Fall Quarter 2019. Concerns will be communicated to he Student Transportation Advisory Committee (STAC) who will be partnering with Transportation Services and Housing*Dining*Hospitality on route planning during the summer quarter.

2018 Proposals

Medical Center Shuttle Route Change

Comment Period: Nov. 29 through Dec. 16, 2018

Background

Transportation services is considering changes to the Medical Center Shuttle to take advantage of the opening of the Gilman Bridge in January 2019.

proposed route map

Project/Policy Intent

The proposed route change is expected to improve peak period reliability by avoiding traffic on Voigt Drive. In addition, the number of east campus stops is increased, providing a stop proximate to east campus housing that will add midday capacity to the central campus in addition to providing new connections to east campus medical and research facilities.

 

Summary

We received feedback from 12 individuals, 11 of whom were supportive although several of those expressed concerns. Concerns centered on the possibility of new stops adversely affecting shuttle frequency. This has been reviewed by Transportation Services staff and the new stops will not adversely affect shuttle frequency and reliability (adherence to schedule) should increase.

Outcome

The change will be implemented on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Mesa Nueva Shuttle Route Change

Comment Period: Nov. 29 through Dec. 16, 2018

Background

Transportation services is considering changes to the Mesa Nueva Shuttle to take advantage of the opening of the Gilman Bridge in January 2019.

proposed route map

Project/Policy Intent

The updated route is expected to improve peak period reliability by avoiding traffic on Voigt Drive and reducing out of direction travel.  In addition, the proposed route offers an enhanced connection to campus at the Gilman Transit Center, adjacent to University Center and the School of Medicine.

Summary

We received feedback from six individuals, five of whom were in support, although some individuals expressing support and shared concerns that the proposed route did not do enough to provide connections to East Campus medical facilities. Others sought extension of the route to connect to private, off-campus housing developments and diminished ability to use the route to access parking.

Outcome

The proposed change will be implemented on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Transportation Services will review demand for connections between graduate student housing and the medical campus and may add stops to the route, as required. 

 

South Campus Shuttle Route Change

Comment Period: Nov. 29 through Dec. 16, 2018

Background

Transportation services is considering changes to the South Campus Shuttle to take advantage of the opening of the Gilman Bridge in January 2019. 

proposed route map

Project/Policy Intent

The proposed route change will improve speed and reliability by keeping shuttles off La Jolla Village Drive and reducing travel on southbound Regents Road. It will also provide new connections between east campus medical facilities, east campus parking and the School of Medicine.

Summary

We received feedback from 15 individuals. While there was general support for the change, five individuals expressed concern about the loss of stops at Mandeville Lane. Upon investigation, it was determined that the apparent loss of those stops was a drafting error in graphic for the Virtual Town Hall and that the stops are not in jeopardy. Three of the responses proposed alternate route modifications that would continue to leverage the Voigt Bridge and add a stop for the Canyonview Aquatic Center. 

Outcome

The change will be implemented on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. Stops at Mandeville Lane (North and South) will be preserved.

 

East Campus Connector Shuttle Route Change

Comment Period: Nov. 29 through Dec. 16, 2018

Background

Transportation services is considering changes to the East Campus Connector shuttle to improve efficiency and connectivity among east campus medical, research, and parking facilities.

proposed route map

Project/Policy Intent

This change would remove connections to low ridership stops at Chancellor’s Park and Town Center. In lieu of their financial contribution to the shuttle, UC San Diego Health would use a variety of tools including Lyft, fleet vehicles and/or reciprocal parking to support the roughly 40 trips per day between those locations and their east campus facilities.

Time savings would be reinvested in frequent and reliable service internal to the campus that takes advantage of the reopening of Medical Center Drive. Connectivity among east campus parking and east campus medical and research facilities, along with proximity to east campus housing. The schedule extension put in place to support nursing shift changes would continue.

Summary

We received feedback from only one individual. The respondent expressed support for the proposal in the interest of efficiency. It is worth noting that this route is co-funded by Transportation Services and the Health System and that the proposal enjoyed strong support from Health System leadership prior to testing the idea in the Virtual Town Hall.

Outcome

The change will be implemented on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Gilman Crosswalk Reconfiguration

Comment Period: Nov. 29 through Dec. 9, 2018

Background

Facilities Management, Transportation Services and Campus Planning have been reviewing pedestrian safety and traffic flow at the intersections of Gilman Drive and Russell Lane, along with the intersection of Gilman Drive, Villa La Jolla Drive and the south Gilman Parking Structure entrance.  These areas experience significant delay and vehicle-pedestrian conflicts associated with turning vehicles.

At Gilman Drive and Russell Lane, the Gilman crossing will be consolidated on the west side of the intersection and the crosswalk on the east side will be eliminated. At Gilman Drive and Villa La Jolla Drive, the Gilman crossing will be consolidated on the east side of the intersection and the crosswalk on the west side will be eliminated.

crosswalk illustration

Project/Policy Intent

These changes are expected to improve both pedestrian safety and traffic flow (including transit reliability), particularly during peak travel periods.

Summary

We received 13 comments from a mix of students, faculty and staff. Six respondents were strongly in favor, three voiced objections and the remaining comments offered suggestions. Those in support emphasized the reduced number of opportunities for conflict between turning vehicles and pedestrians that share a signal phase. One individual suggested a pedestrian scramble as an ideal treatment for minimizing those conflicts. Another suggested analyzing/adjusting traffic signal timings as an opportunity to improve traffic flow.

Several individuals noted concerns about requiring out-of-direction travel for individuals moving between the Gilman Parking Structure and the Stein Building.

Others raised issues not addressed by the plan, including enhanced enforcement of vehicles blocking crosswalks and/or intersections. One individual called out the opportunity to improve bicycle facilities while paint work is being done.

Determination

The changes will be implemented over winter break on a pilot basis, the results of which will inform long-term improvements to this area associated with both Triton Pavilion construction and improvements to Villa La Jolla Drive. Project partners will coordinate emphasis enforcement with UC San Diego Police to address vehicles stopped in intersections and assist pedestrians adjusting to the new configuration. Traffic signal timings will be adjusted. 

Bicycle facility improvements are incorporated into upcoming projects, including Pepper Canyon West housing and adjacent public realm improvements. A pedestrian scramble at the Gilman crossing has been conceived as part of the Triton Pavilion project.

 

Myers Drive Two-way Traffic

Comment Period: Nov. 29 through Dec. 9, 2018

Background

Facilities Management, Transportation Services and Campus Planning have been reviewing traffic flow in University Center, focusing specifically on reducing the delay exiting campus via Russell Lane. A primary contributor to that delay is the one-way loop of Myers Drive, Rupertus Lane and Russell Lane.

To mitigate this condition, the team plans to restore two-way traffic on Myers Drive, allowing right turns only when exiting the campus onto Gilman Drive. Left turns would not be permitted as  required infrastructure changes would not be prudent given the short timeframe before Triton Pavilion construction triggers additional traffic changes in University Center.

Myers traffic illustration

Project/Policy Intent

These changes are expected to improve traffic flow (including transit reliability) on Gilman Drive and Russell Lane, particularly during peak travel periods, and provide an alternate means of exiting University Center.

Summary

We received nine comments, four in support, four in opposition and one seeking clarification.

Those in support cited enhanced ability to exit University Center during peak traffic periods along with an emphasis on the improved conditions on Rupertus Lane.

Those expressing concern emphasized the heavy pedestrian volumes on Myers Drive and the possibility of the change increasing opportunities for conflict.

One individual suggested enhanced enforcement and/or signage to reduce the number of pedestrians walking in the street or crossing mid-block.

Determination

The changes will be implemented over winter break on a pilot basis with final configurations to be determined by the Triton Pavilion final design. The project partners will coordinate with UC San Diego Police to provide personnel to help manage both pedestrian and vehicular traffic during a transition period after the reconfiguration. Opportunities to help pedestrians make safer choices in this area, including signage and pavement markings, will be evaluated.

 

Use of Pay Station  and ParkMobile Permits in S Parking Spaces

Comment Period: Sept. 18 – Oct. 14, 2018

Background

In consultation with the Student Transportation Advisory Committee, Transportation Services is considering a policy change to prohibit the use of pay station (machine-issued) permits and ParkMobile (app-issued) virtual permits in S permit spaces. Pay station permits and ParkMobile virtual permits are currently valid in both S and V spaces. This has had an adverse effect on S permit availability and on parking predictability for students.

Project/Policy Intent

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

Outcome

We received feedback from a total of nine individuals, eight in support and one neutral.  Concerns raised included a recommendation for long term visitor parking in shuttle lots, the availability of visitor parking areas for the oversize vehicles occasionally used by patient families, and availability of visitor parking in the lots that support campus tours. 

Work will be done to ensure that solutions are in place for visitor parking at shuttle lots, after which this proposal will be implemented.

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.

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.