Throughout the spring semester, an ad hoc working group comprised of faculty, staff, students, and administrators met to discuss changes to parking on campus and offer recommendations for ways the university could improve parking. Following the review of a campus-wide survey, the working group presented three potential plans for consideration this summer. The principles identified in these three recommendations were used to create the final plan, which will be adopted for the upcoming academic year. Parking passes will go on sale Thursday, August 17.
The most significant change is the retirement of the A & B pass model for employees.
This model did not meet campus needs last year, as it oversubscribed employee parking lots significantly. Instead, we are introducing Employee Reserved, Employee General, and Spillman-only employee permits this year:
Employee Reserved permits will be limited to roughly 70 employees on a first come, first served basis to better align with the availability of parking close to academic and administrative buildings on campus proper. The cost for this parking permit is $200. Employee reserved lots include (2) Old Main, (3) Main-Eastwood, (4) Loyola (shared with the Jesuit community) & (14) Main-Jefferson.
Employee General permits make various parking lots available across campus and is available for $95. Individuals with Employee General Permits may park in all lots except those listed above as reserved, and they may not park in residential lots ((5) Eastwood, (6) Loring, (11-13) Villages & (21) Delevan).
This year, a new pass, the Spillman-only permit, has been created, which employees and commuters are eligible to purchase. This permit is offered at a lower cost ($50) than the Employee General permit to provide a more affordable option and better utilize a sizeable parking lot owned by the university.
Look for new signage to reflect these parking lot changes in the coming weeks.Canisius-Campus-Map_2023
|Employee Reserved||Employee General||Commuter||Residential||Spillman Only|
|(2) Old Main||(7-10, BBB) Lyons Hall Lots||(7-10, BBB) Lyons Hall Lots||(5) Eastwood||(18) Spillman|
|(3) Main-Eastwood||(15) Science Hall/(16) New Science Hall Lot*||(15) Science Hall/(16) New Science Hall Lot*||(6) Loring|
|(4) Loyola||(17) Health Science/(AAA) Rear Health Science||(17) Health Science / (AAA) Rear Health Science||(11-13) Villages|
|(14) Main-Jefferson||(19) Upper KAC||(19) Upper KAC||(21) Delevan)|
|(20) Lower KAC||(20) Lower KAC|
*Updated maps accurately depicting this lot are in progress
This change in approach is accompanied by a re-balancing of lots. Previously, Canisius designated distinct lots for commuter students. Moving forward, lot designations proportionately assign parking spaces to support commuting students and employees in the same lots. This provides additional options and flexibility to our campus constituents who drive vehicles to campus.
The changes to our parking plan this year will be contemporaneous with a commitment to improving campus enforcement practices. In the future, Canisius intends to adopt License Plate reading technology to better manage parking on campus, and we hope to have a solution identified and selected in the next 12 months.
Thank you to the members of the working group for all the time and energy invested in this process. Their effort has clarified our previous challenges and identified opportunities to improve the campus community’s parking experience.
Q: The announcement of the new plan includes a statement that there will be roughly 70 reserved passes. Are there 70 spots?
A: In 2022-2023, employee parking was not sufficiently allocated. Subsequently, this year we are striving for a ratio close to 1:1 in lots designated Employee Reserved. Our facilities team is currently striping several parking areas on campus in preparation for the start of the academic year and some lot occupancies may vary slightly from last year as this work is completed.
Q: If an employee has an Employee Reserved permit and cannot find a reserved spot, can they park in an employee general lot?
Q: Is there a reduced rate for adjuncts?
A: Yes. This year the adjunct rate is $60.
Q: Is there a one-semester rate available?
A: Parking pass sales are ongoing and prorated for the remainder of the active permit life cycle.
Q: If I don’t get an Employee Reserved permit when sales begin and they sell out, am I out of luck this year?
A: There will be a waitlist for Employee Reserved parking if/once all of the initial allocations are purchased. Should an Employee Reserved permit become available later in the academic year, the waitlist will be utilized to offer that permit to another employee. The sale of Employee General permits is not capped and all employees who are interested in one will be able to purchase one.
Q: Where can visitors park?
A: Admissions visitors will be invited to park in marked spots near the Main Street Entrance to Science Hall. If you are hosting an event or an individual guest, please coordinate your visitors’ parking needs with Public Safety in advance of your visitors’ date of arrival to ensure a plan that meets the needs of you, your event, and your guest(s) are appropriately accommodated. As has been our practice, large-scale events that require significant parking resources will be coordinated by Public Safety and Event Services in conjunction with those making the request.
Q: Does the new plan include any short-term parking that a faculty member could use to park closer to their office to pick up or drop off items from their office?
A: It does not currently, but if this is an area of interest, we can explore the feasibility of identifying a few spots for this purpose in future iterations of the parking plan.
Q: Are all components of the plan enforced 24/7 365?
A: On weeknights, enforcement will be relaxed at 5:00 p.m. daily. Enforcement of no overnight parking in non-residential lots will begin after 11:00 p.m. each evening.
Q: Is anyone automatically given an Employee Reserved parking permit? Are the Vice Presidents, Assistant Vice Presidents, and Deans all participating in the first come/first serve process?
A: None of the Employee Reserved permits are being set aside.
Q: Was a lottery considered for Employee Reserved Parking instead of a first come, first serve approach?
A: This was not a part of any of the recommendations put forward by the parking working group. This idea can be considered for future iterations of the parking plan.
Q: The Dome announcement didn’t include any mention of a Campus Shuttle or of safety measures regarding the parking lots. What is available for employees?
A: We have decided to suspend campus shuttle service this year because data from the last two years’ ridership indicated very little use by our community members. All of our parking lots are equipped with lighting as well as cameras. Our campus also is equipped with several blue light emergency phones. If a student, faculty or staff member is ever concerned about their safety on campus, don’t hesitate to contact Public Safety for assistance or to request an escort.
Q: Is the new Science Hall parking lot going to be finished?
A: The surface lot at Science Hall is complete, striped and available to use. There have been 200 spots created in this lot.
Q: Are there any changes for parking during winter break, spring break and summer?
A: The current plan will be in effect for the next year. If there is a formal relaxing of enforcement efforts during a break week or summer it will be communicated as appropriate.
Q: Is there a parking permit for Emeriti faculty?
A: Emeriti faculty will receive complimentary employee general parking permits.
Submitted by: Harold Fields, EdD, vice president, Student Affairs; Dean of students