Staff parking fees to be harmonized with student rates
Effective September 1, 2015, staff monthly parking fees will match student rates of $68.25 per month (tax included).
The new rate is equal to the monthly cost of a student parking permit and still considerably less than a monthly transit pass. Parking Services at the U of M is funded solely through the collection of parking fees. Its mandate is to meet the transportation needs of the university community by providing environmentally sustainable, innovative and professionally-managed parking and transportation options.
Working closely with the Office of Sustainability, Parking Services is committed to make improvements while supporting a sustainable transportation mandate. It is a member of carpool.ca, a free online ride-matching service, has implemented carpool parking stalls in U and Q lot and donated space for the bicycle parking station in the Fort Garry Parkade.
“There are many reasons to choose sustainable transportation options such as transit, busing, biking, walking or carpooling — health, economics, the environment — and the University continues to support staff who choose one of these options,” says Ian Hall, director of the Office of Sustainability. The Office of Sustainability also offers assistance such as travel planning, recent bike parking improvements and carpool parking spots.
Hall invites drivers to join the many other who use alternate methods of transportation to get to work.
Parking Services has committed to help fund other green initiatives such as:
- Electric vehicle charging infrastructure
- Increased alternative transportation parking options such as more carpool stalls and car sharing
- Improvements to the UMSU bicycle shop
Parking Services is also investing in developments to increase accessibility and convenience for the University community with initiatives such as:
- Mobile payment application
- New eBusiness website for customer payments and monthly parking profile updates
- Development of new parking infrastructure
The new rates will contribute to improving the levels of service already offered and to supporting the University’s goals of offering an exceptional workplace, supporting wellness and advancing sustainable development.
The fee increase will apply only to staff and not to faculty, which has negotiated parking fee rates in the UMFA contract.
For more, see www.umanitoba.ca/parking
Questions and concerns may be directed to staffparking [at] umanitoba [dot] ca