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Parking at UTSA Update - September 2016

 

Each year, the beginning of the fall semester brings changes to UTSA’s parking patterns, including congestion on roadways and in parking lots as schedules fall into place for the campus community. We understand students’ need to arrive to class on time without the added stress of navigating heavy traffic and locating parking. UTSA strives to provide parking services for the campus community in an efficient and cost-effective way. Our goal is for everyone’s experience at UTSA to be pleasant and successful, from the time they arrive on campus until the time they leave. 

One challenge we currently face is the construction on UTSA Boulevard. Once complete, the UTSA Boulevard expansion will bring a great benefit to our community; until then, we face slower traffic and, at times, stoppage for construction crews. The ‘Runner, UTSA’s shuttle system, is also affected by these delays, making pick-up and drop-off more challenging both on and off campus. We face several more months of construction on UTSA Boulevard; the unusually heavy spring and summer rains pushed back completion dates. We appreciate the patience shown to our fellow drivers and buses by the campus community.

To assist new and returning students, Campus Services placed directional signs throughout campus and along UTSA Boulevard during the first week of class. These signs guided commuter students to Brackenridge Lots 3, 4, and 5 and East Campus Lots with instruction to ride The ‘Runner, thereby avoiding the heaviest parking congestion in the center of campus. We continue to encourage this commute, which often results in students’ arriving to their destination faster. 

Business Affairs and Campus Services began exploring additional parking options in Spring 2015. We continue working with a committed group of UTSA partners to provide for planning and expansion of parking options. Detailed discussions on an expansion of garage parking ultimately determined that additional garage parking results in higher costs, which does not align with our goals to minimize costs. Therefore, we delayed the construction of new garages until more resources become available.  

To address the immediate needs, Campus Services recently added 450 temporary parking spaces for students, available Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at UTSA’s Park West complex. Read more here. Commuter parking is typically available now in Brackenridge Lots 3, 4, and 5, and East Campus Lots. The ‘Runner provides service to these locations, bringing students to the Campus Oval and the Arts Building. 

Soon, the Tobin Avenue Garage will add entrance/exit gates and begin accepting hourly parking, easing some of the demand on the Bauerle Road and Ximenes Avenue garages. Like the other garages, Tobin Avenue will use new Radio Frequency Identification permits to make entering and exiting the garage a smoother process for permit holders. 

We are now in the planning and design phase for the construction of two new surface parking lots, adding approximately 500 spaces to the Main Campus. We aim to have those spaces available in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. Meanwhile, creative UTSA students are offering to help create mobile apps to assist parkers looking for available spaces; we look forward to seeing how these projects progress over time.

Since the first days of classes, Campus Services staff has monitored lots for parking availability and posts this information on social media. Students can follow Campus Services on Twitter (@UTSAParking), Facebook (UTSA Campus Services), or Snapchat (UTSACampusSrvcs) for up-to-date parking information.

The faculty, staff, students, and visitors of the UTSA community are in this together, and we will continue to work hard to enhance your campus experience. If you have questions about parking, Campus Services staff are happy to assist you via email at parking@utsa.edu or by phone at (210) 458-7275.

Kathryn Funk-Baxter
Vice President for Business Affairs

Clay Haverland
Assistant Vice President for Campus Services

 

 

09-21-2016