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Green parking lot at the north end of the University of Nevada, Reno. (September 1, 2021)

Over the years, the University of Nevada, Reno, has conducted an in-depth study of the on-campus parking situation.

University of Nevada’s College of Liberal Arts Senator Associated Students, Haley Rowe, is addressing the issue of parking to draft law to be submitted to the administration to improve student parking. The first step in the writing process was that Creation of a survey.

“The purpose of this survey wasHow the students felt and the financial burden it put on them, ”said Rowe. “Parking makes so much revenue and it’s very hard to make changes when it comes to money, so I need solid evidence.”

The survey gathered over 600 responses from students.

Almost 50 percent of those surveyed said they had a parking permit. Of those who do not have a car, 85 percent are too expensive; only two percent say they do not have a car.

“That showed that we are a campus that uses its cars,” said Rowe. “That was my biggest proof I needed.”

Over 60 percent said they couldn’t always find a parking space in the parking lot they bought for. This could result in students potentially being late for class or receiving parking fees.

Around 380 students or 58 percent stated that they had received a parking fine on campus for parking incorrectly or parking in their unallocated parking lot. The average parking fee per person was $ 212, according to Rowe.

In 2019 UNR Parking Servicescollected over $ 1 million in parking fees alone. Because the university’s valet parking is a stand-alone unit, they rely on estimates and parking permits to pay for their annual budgets and fees.

“I had a lot of female students who identified me and told me they couldn’t afford to park any closer, so they forced them to keep parking,” Rowe said. “This made them feel very uncomfortable walking to their cars.”

As the closer parking spaces become more expensive, this means that students are forced to park further. Over 10,000 parking permits are sold annually, with only around 600 free spaces.

Silver lottery tickets are the second most expensive at $ 496 and span most of the campus with fifteen numbered lots. Silver lots are the most sought-after and are currently sold out this year. Green, which costs the least at $ 286, is furthest north from the Nevada Historical Society to McCarran Blvd.

Because Rowe works with aAdministration would consider every little improvement a big win. These include a small reduction in parking fees, a free parking space, or several options for parking permits.

“I feel like the UNR is really good at being progressive and showing all the good programs they offer to the students, but parking is where they stall,” Rowe said. “I don’t want us to stick with this idea of ​​free parking just because we’re used to it.”

Other universities in Nevada such as the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Truckee Meadows Community College have ample free parking for students.

In order to meet the needs of the students, UNR announced that new seven-story parking garage In June 2020, more than 800 new places will be created for students.

The structure will be located on the south end of the campus near Lake and Ninth Streets. In addition, there will be an ADA-compliant pedestrian skybridge connected to the fourth floor of the structure.

The new structure is the first part of the UNR project entitled the Gateway District. This is the university’s plan to create a small neighborhood for studentss the south end of the campus.

The reason for this new part of town was to make space for the universities fast growing community. There are currently three designs planned for Gateway. These include the multi-storey car park, a new life science building and a new commercial building.

The cost of the parking garage is estimated at $ 32.2 million. All income comes from the parking permits sold on campus. In response, the university increased costs for parking permits in 2019. According to valet parking, this is the first price increase since 2011.

There will only be 40 permit-free parking spaces available. As a result, these places will continue to be paid for on an hourly basis.

Early construction on Virginia Street began on August 5th and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022.

Emerson Drewes can be reached at or on Twitter at @NevadaSagebrush.