Changes coming to campus parking lots

JIm Spice
Jim Spice

The UCCS campus will get a new parking lot and a new bus stop this fall, among other changes coming to parking operations.

New parking lot

UCCS Parking and Transportation Services is creating a new parking lot on the west edge of campus to help accommodate the growing number of students.

A lot now used for construction vehicles will become the new, free lot when classes start in August, said Jim Spice, executive director, Parking and Transportation Services.

The gravel lot is northwest of the Alpine Garage and will be renamed Lot 540. It will have about 250 parking spots and also will house shuttle buses when they’re not in use.

The lot is within walking distance of campus and will not be served by a shuttle, he said.

UCCS will add lighting to the lot by mid-September, when equipment is expected to arrive. Anyone who uses that lot or any other and would like an escort to their car is encouraged to contact the Public Safety Department.

The lot is expected to be used by students, faculty and staff.

Access to the lot will be off Austin Bluffs Parkway to Stanton Road, with no access through the Eagle Rock neighborhood.

New bus stop

Construction is underway on a new bus stop in parking lot 224. It’s expected to be ready by mid-September.

A new bus stop is under construction at the top of parking lot 224 between the main entrance and southwest entrance of the University Center. All of lot 224 is expected to be closed most of  Aug. 8-11 for the project, Spice said.

Workers are removing part of a grassy area near lot 224 to create an area that will accommodate two Mountain Metropolitan Transit buses.

UCCS also will convert the first three rows closest to the El Pomar Center to one-way roadways. The top row, closest to the library, will offer angle parking and route cars and buses westbound through the lot. Parking in the second row will be perpendicular, with traffic eastbound only. The second row will offer perpendicular parking with westbound-only traffic.

UCCS will add a sidewalk from the shuttle stop to the existing sidewalk in front of the University Center. UCCS also will move the transit shelter now in front of Centennial Hall to the new stop at the University Center.

Mountain Metro’s route 9 will use the new stop, which is expected to be completed in mid-September.  Route 9 services roundtrip buses from downtown to the campus Mondays through Saturdays.

To read more about the new bus stop and changes to Mountain Metro service to campus that take effect Sept. 18, click here.

See a parking map here.

Change to lot 218

Lot 218 outside Forster House on the east side of campus will become employee parking and be renamed lot 319. The small lot now offers student parking. But with veterans’ services moving out of that building and the College of Engineering and Applied Science set to use the space, the lot will become employee parking and offer about six car spots, Spice said.

New permit

Parking and Transportation Services will begin offering a Z permit to allow students, faculty and staff with a temporary disability or injury to use close-in parking. The Z permit offers an alternative to the state of Colorado parking permit that is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Spice said.

The Z permit will be valid on the UCCS campus only and cannot be used in parking spots that are official state of Colorado ADA-approved spaces. The permit is intended for permit holders with short-term disabilities (generally fewer than 120 days) and requires a physician’s signature.



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