IU is now offering reserved parking on the Bloomington campus for the upcoming school year.
For $1,668, full time faculty and staff can have their own reserved parking spot 24-hours a day for a year.
The new reserved designation will also give the driver access to any other A, C or garage parking on campus.
IU’s Assistant Vice Provost Julie Bauters says she’s not worried about the new reserved spots taking up more parking space when they’re not being used.
“If you have a permit, you can park, even with an F permit, anywhere after 5 p.m., except for the 24-hour spaces,” Bauters says. “So if it’s eliminating one or two in a lot where there’s only ten people parked in a lot of 100 spaces, I don’t think it will be an issue.”
The new parking option is one of several idea developed by a transportation committee at IU that was tasked with looking into more options than the traditional A and C parking spots.
Bouters says at the other end of the spectrum is a new employee economy permit that’s $24 a year to park at the athletic lots where drivers can then take a bus to campus.
CWA Local President Ed Vasquez says he’s glad IU parking dodged an earlier proposal to privatize parking, but realizes the university is still looking to increase revenue.
“We would like a sliding scale for staff based on income, but I’m going to see where this plan goes and we’ll see what happens from there,” Vasquez says.
With no new parking structures in the works, Bouters says she hopes IU employees also look into alternative transportation options such as free Bloomington Transit and two-person carpools.