Students and faculty received an email Thursday announcing the postponement of the Night Parking Program. The program required nighttime employees to purchase a permit, and students had to pay a $10.40 fee.
“Well it’s been delayed, but it’s going to happen,” said Charles Streeter, chair of the Employee Forum. “I’m happy for those people who it would have affected... but we all have to understand that it’s just a delay. It has not been abolished.”
The new program was initially proposed in response to maintenance costs for campus parking, Streeter said.
Matt Fajack, vice chancellor for finance and administration, said there was a number of questions surrounding the new parking program, like who should pay and what the right allocation of costs would be.
There were concerns about night employees subsidizing the cost to expand parking to meet daytime needs, Fajack said.
“There were just enough questions out there that we said ‘You know, we really have to step back a little bit, defer this implementation and study it further,’” he said.
Fajack didn’t know whether this particular parking program would be reinstated in the future but did say the next five-year parking study would begin in the 2015-16 academic year.
In the meantime, parking policies will remain consistent with recent years, he said.