Tent on Mall awaits input on parking issues

By Amanda Hunt

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Parking and Transportation Services want to hear students' suggestions, problems and possible solutions before planning the 1995-96 academic year.

Parking and Transportation held two forums in the UA Student Union last night and Tuesday night. The symposiums were organized to give students an opportunity to lend their suggestions about parking-related issues, said Marlis Davis, director of Parking and Transportation.

The forums are open discussions with Parking and Transportation designed to gather suggestions for the following year's program. Davis said the symposiums held last year were successful in helping to plan this year, but she would like more student comment.

Two symposiums were held last month affecting next year's plans, but few students attended, Davis said. The two discussions this week were scheduled in hopes of receiving more student feedback.

Only four students attended Tuesday's forum, Davis said. There will be a tent on the mall today to give students another chance to discuss problems one-on-one with Parking and Transportation officials. Evaluation forms will be available for students to fill out as well, Davis said.

Some suggestions proposed by Parking and Transportation for next year include: expanding a student parking permit payment plan to possibly be included on student's (SIS or Bursar's) account, extending Cat Tran Shuttle to later hours of operation, increasing the parking inventory with the new parking garage on North Euclid Avenue, and pursuing additional off-campus leased parking with

shuttle service.

ASUA Undergraduate Sen. Ethan Orr said Parking and Transportation has also discussed cutting freshman parking. He said he and others are concerned about this proposal because "It's not eliminating (the lack of parking) problem, but merely trying to eliminate one of the side effects."

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