The university will hold the line on prices for full-year parking permits and lower the prices on evening parking rates in St. Paul for the 2001-2002 academic year. Therefore, the rates for the 2001-2002 academic year will remain $150 for a full-year permit and $80 for a semester permit. Bruce Van den Berghe, associate vice president for Auxiliary Services, said the decision was made in an attempt to attract faculty, staff and students back onto campus as opposed to parking on neighborhood streets. “We are making an attempt to be good neighbors and reduce the parking congestion in the areas surrounding our campus,” Van den Berghe said.

The university also has reduced the rate for parking after 4 p.m. in the Morrison Hall ramp to 50 cents an hour. To further entice evening students to park on campus, the university also is lowering the price of “evening only permits” to $40 a semester or $75 for the academic year. This permit will allow evening students to park in university lots from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Van den Berghe expressed hope that these pricing concessions would increase use of university parking facilities and reduce stress in the neighborhoods. “An incremental increase in parking revenue would serve to partially offset the university’s continuing subsidy of parking operations,” he said. “Ultimately, the university needs to achieve its goal of making parking self-sufficient.”