Val Peterson talks parking at UVU
Val Peterson, vice president for Utah Valley University Administration and Utah state representative
Parking is a perennial issue on college campuses across America. Obviously, given UVU’s growth, it’s become a bigger issue on this campus. Our 32,600 students and 1,500 full-time employees all share about 8,000 parking stalls on campus.
Just as the hallways have become crowded and there is greater competition for classes, the same holds true for parking. UVU is an urban campus with students coming and going throughout the morning, afternoon and night. While more parking areas are needed, this means that we need to plan better and perhaps arrive at campus earlier to have adequate time to park. It also means that students have to be willing to walk, ride the shuttle or access campus via mass transit.
Developing transportation and parking plans to accommodate campus growth is a major aspect of the administration’s future plans. This includes adding a 400-stall parking lot to the campus located next to the track. The first parking structure of the Life and Wellness Building will add another 536 stalls at a cost of $8 million, to be funded by revenues generated by parking fees.
All told, the long-range plan for UVU calls for the addition of 4,400 parking stalls as part of the campus build-out. This amounts to five parking structures at an approximate cost of $12,000 to $15,000 per stall, or about $53 million to $66 million total. These funds will need to come from additional parking fees for students and employees.
Currently, UVU has approximately 4,500 students and employees who ride the bus on a weekly basis. On top of freeing up parking space, those who come to UVU via mass transit help provide a more green environment and extend the life of the road system.
Over the next several years, the road network in and around UVU will undergo changes, including an expansion of the University Parkway Interchange as well as a switch to a continuous-flow intersection at Sandhill Road and University Parkway. The road network will also be expanded to include increased bus rapid transit service (BRT) and a new interchange at 800 South and 1200 West. We’re also exploring the possibility of both enhancing safety and creating additional parking by vacating Campus Drive from 900 West to 1200 West.
In the meantime, we have sufficient parking for the students on campus — although the parking place may not be where we want it, or as close to the door as we would like. This means we need to plan for more time to park, be willing to park in outer lots, use mass transit when possible and be patient with one another.
— Val Peterson