A new parking lot configuration near the Student Union is now complete offering guests easier access to quickly use the building’s services and be on their way.
Parking Area 11 to the east of the Student Union and south of the Snyder Memorial Building has been expanded and now offers 24-hour metered parking for members of the UT community and general public to quickly run an errand near the center of Main Campus.The parking area previously had eight handicapped parking locations; through the expansion, handicapped parking increased to 17 spots. A central parking meter accepting both coins and cards provides access to 37 new spots in the lot. The meter, which is solar-powered, is located just outside the Student Union.
An additional feature of the new technology just installed is an extend-by-phone tool through which you can get a message on your phone 10 minutes before the meter expires with the option to add more time via your card without running outside to feed the meter.
“This new metered parking lot helps us provide an easy-access, short-term parking option for UT community and guests right outside the Student Union, but also close to the library and a number of buildings around Centennial Mall,” Sherri Kaspar, public safety support services manager, said.
The fee to park in this lot is 50 cents per 15 minutes, with a $2 minimum charge for one hour of parking if you choose to pay with a card. Because it is a prime location, the fee is more expensive than the other meters on campus that charge 25 cents per 15 minutes, Kaspar said.
“This is in line with the University’s transition to a demand-based parking philosophy that aims to provide more choices for our campus community and value parking locations based on demand,” she said.
A more demand-based parking system will be implemented for the 2017-18 academic year.