- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State University is considering new parking fees it hopes could make it attractive for staff and students not to park in surrounding neighborhoods.

That’s been an irritant in town-gown relations that both the school and the city have been working on in recent years. Noise and rowdy parties are another.

The variable permit fees could raise prices for close-in spots and cut them steeply for lots where spots are little used, Vice President Steve Clark told the Corvallis Gazette-Times (https://bit.ly/MO818p ).

OSU has about 7,000 parking spaces, but only 75 percent are used each day. Hundreds of spaces are empty in far lots, such as behind Reser Stadium.

Parking permits now cost $267 annually for faculty and staff members and $195 for students, no matter where they park.

The new plan would charge far more, perhaps $550 annually, for permits in the congested northern part of campus and far less, perhaps as low as $50 or $100, for seldom-used lots.

“We know that parking on campus is frustrating for our students and staff, and as parking spills out into surrounding neighborhoods it affects both commuter traffic and neighborhood livability,” Clark said.

The fees could go into effect in the fall, Clark said, after a series of presentations and recommendations from a task force. He said it’s important they mesh with the city’s work on expanding residential parking districts.

The OSU’s plan also includes promoting the increased use of the Oregon State shuttle and other transit improvements as well as encouraging faculty, staff members and students to bike, walk and carpool.


Information from: Gazette-Times, https://www.gtconnect.com

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