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Parking situation can test new student’s mettle
By Krysia Maly
Parking on campus. It sounds
simple. You find a stall, and you
park your car.
There’s more than that to
parking at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. If you have a
permit, you have to make sure
you’re parked in the right lot. If
you’re parked in a meter or time
controlled spot, you have to take
extra care to not get a ticket. All of
this can be more than a little con
fusing for new students.
For most students, parking on
campus means buying a permit.
Costs of permits per semester for
the 2000-2001 school year are as
■ student reserved (yellow),
■ student non-reserved (blue
and green), $81;
■ perimeter (purple), $36.
Tad McDowell, director of
Parking and Transit Services,
offered some suggestions to stu
dents to keep parking problems at
■ Read parking regula
tions and look at the UNL parking
and transit maps for both City
Campus and East Campus.
■ If you change license
plates or get a new vehicle, call
the Parking and Transit Services
office to change your informa
■ Watch the signs. If
you’re not sure whether you
should park in an area, chances
are, you should park elsewhere.
■ If you have any ques
tions or problems, call the Parking
and Transit Services office for
Approximately 16,000 park
ing permits were sold last year.
McDowell expects the number of
permits sold this year to stay
about the same. There are around
13,000 stalls for students to park.
The reason more permits are sold
than there are stalls is because not
everyone parks on campus at the
same time. Because of construc
tion, UNL stands to lose about
400 stalls. However, a parking
garage will be built at 17th and R
streets. Students will need a UNL
parking permit to enter the
garage, but will not need to pay a
daily fee. The new parking garage
will be almost three times as large
as the current parking garage on
10th andT streets. Construction
on the new 1700 stall parking
garage will begin July 1 and will
be completed in October 2001.
Current alternatives to buying
a permit include biking to cam
pus, parking in the parking garage
at 10th and T streets, using the
parking meters on campus and
downtown, or riding Star Tran or
the UNL shuttles. Students are
encouraged to use Star Tran and
the intercampus shuttles to reduce
parking pressure. “Many students
don’t need to bring their car to
campus,” said McDowell.
Students can pick up a free
Star Tran pass at the Parking and
Transit Services office.
Parking-meter prices have
risen to 50 cents an hour, both on
campus and throughout Lincoln.
“Meters are expensive,” said
McDowell. “There’s always a
chance of getting a ticket.”
Along with rising meter
prices, students also will find that
parking fines also have risen.
Meter fines will increase from $5
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U The first two weeks of school,
parking can be frustrating.
Everyone s on campus buying
books and permits. Everyone s
going to class. It will get better ’
director, Parking and Transit Services
to $10. Parking in a no-parking
area will result in a $30 fine, as
will parking in a UNL lot without
a permit. Counterfeit permits will
result in a $200 fine, along with
an impoundment of the vehicle
and loss of parking privileges on
Students can appeal their
parking fines either by e-mail, the
Parking and Transit Services Web
site, by letter or in person.
According to the Parking and
Transit Services information and
regulations pamphlet, students
need to file an appeal form within
14 days after the ticket was issued.
Students using e-mail may send
their appeals to
firstname.lastname@example.org or file the
appeal on the Web site at
Appeals are heard by a group of
UNL students. Students may
appear in person to appeal their
tickets, or they may appeal in
The busiest time to park on
campus is at the beginning of the
“The first two weeks of
school, parking can be frustrating.
Everyone’s on campus buying
books and permits. Everyone’s
going to class,” McDowell said.
“It will get better.”
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