Upstate News

March 1, 2005
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Expansion of On-Campus Parking Created in Old Garage and New Public Garage

The new public Upstate Medical University Parking Garage East, featuring 1,200 spaces on five levels, with entrances on Sarah Loguen and Elizabeth Blackwell streets, will open to the public on March 7 for daily parking. Daily parking in the new public parking garage will be available at the current rate of $10 to anyone who presents their Upstate ID badge.

Later this spring, monthly parking permits for the new garage will be available. Because Upstate is required to charge a fee that is based on the costs of operating a parking facility, the monthly permits for the new garage will be $75, plus tax. This rate represents a significant subsidy from Upstate and is more favorable than the monthly charges from several other institutions on the Hill. However, please note that parkers who choose not to pay this fee are likely to be able to park in the existing E. Adams Street garage at the current monthly parking fee, plus tax, of $25 for UUP represented employees and $31.74 for all others. Employees who were relocated from the old garage to off-campus surface lots during construction may park in the existing E. Adams Street garage at these current fees or choose to retain their surface lot parking assignment at the existing $15 for off-campus surface parking lots.

Monthly parking permits for the new garage will be available beginning May 1 and must be requested in person at the Upstate Parking Office, Room 1801, University Hospital, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monthly permits will be provided on a first-come first-served basis. Please note that rates in the new garage are subject to change in the future.

Communications will be sent to all current parkers in the near future. All others interested in monthly parking may contact the Parking Office for options. Reassignments to the existing garage will be made on a space available basis in order of an individual’s most recent employment date with SUNY Upstate.

Please note that the existing E. Adams Street garage, or a portion of it, may be closed for demolition within the next two to three years. The Parking Office will pursue alternative parking arrangements for employees affected by this closure. Daily and monthly parkers in the new public parking garage (Upstate Medical University Parking Garage East) will not be affected by future construction of other parking facilities on campus.

With more employees able to park on campus, either in the new public garage or the old garage, fewer people will have to park off-campus. Thus, shuttle bus service to surface lots will be reduced. Two buses will operate from 6 to 9 a.m., one bus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., two buses from 3 to 6 p.m., and one bus from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Also, due to low utilization, the pilot Centro North Syracuse-Upstate Route 88x service will be discontinued April 1.

Registration forms for monthly parking permit in the Upstate Medical University Parking Garage East are available at http://www.upstate.edu/construction/parking_pass.pdf . Completed forms must be returned in person to the Parking Office, Room 1801 University Hospital. Monthly permits will be issued on a first come first served basis. Monthly permit parking will begin May 1.

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