During their legislative session on Tuesday, November 15, the Student Council Representative Body passed a bill to create an ad hoc committee to gather information on the availability of low-cost and free parking options on Grounds. The Parking Advocacy and Research Committee (PARC) will comprise of three representatives dedicated reporting on the state of on-Grounds parking and how to promote the prevalence of reduced-price parking.
Sponsor Alexander Cintron and collaborator David Birkenthal (both CLAS) were motivated by the shortage of affordable options. Most parking spots are limited to permit-holders, but go unused after regular academic hours. Late library hours often keep students on-Grounds during the night, and the University Transit System does not provide comprehensive transportation to off-Grounds residences, leaving many students feeling unsafe walking home at night.
The committee will deliver its report to the Representative Body by February 28, 2017.