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Parking services have announced that permits for the 2017—2018 school year will be available to purchase online via MavPARK starting July 1. Beginning this year, permits will transition from physical hang-tag permits to virtual permits. Virtual permits will be linked to license plates.

There will be several other changes to Parking Services this year:
  • The Parking Services office will move from the Eppley Administration Building to a building near the new Pacific Street Garage.
  • Open parking on campus will be extended from weekends to include Fridays, starting August 21.
  • Daily and hourly parking will be available in the West Garage and the Pacific Street Garage. Tickets will be available to purchase through the parking services website, the Park Omaha app or at kiosks in the garages.
  • West Garage and the Pacific Street Garage will not have entrance gates, instead cameras will read license plates to monitor if those parking in these areas have purchased hourly, daily or semester permits.
  • Discounted carpool permits will be available to carpools of two or more students.
  • UNL, UNMC and UNK permits will be valid in the Pacific Street Garage, First Christian Church and Saint Margaret Mary Church lots.
  • Shuttle routes will travel directly point-to-point rather than stopping in multiple locations on one campus.

 

 

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Sophie Ford
Editor-in-Chief

UNO parking has announced that they will be expanding dates of open parking on campus due to the ongoing deconstruction of the NET broadcast tower. Open parking was originally slated to end on May 12, but has been extended to May 19.

No permits will be required to park on surface lots, and the east garage will also be open. Meters will still be restricted to no parking for faculty and students from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. Parking in reserved or handicap stalls without the correct permits, motorcycle areas, drive aisles, and fire lanes will not be allowed.

Starting Monday, May 22, permits will be required to park on campus for the remainder of summer.

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By Phil Brown
OPINION EDITOR

According to the rhetoric of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s brand, the University and the city of Omaha are in a symbiotic relationship.

Omaha as it is couldn’t survive or thrive without the life-giving force of UNO graduates, and UNO certainly wouldn’t last long without a city to host it. But it often seems that instead of coexisting in harmony, the two symbiotes are often trapped in a cycle of push and pull, give and take, attack and defend.

On Nov. 17, a car that appeared to belong to a student was seen to be towed out of an Elmwood Park parking lot. At around the same time, parking signs were noticed on many of the parking stalls in the park that limited stall use to 2 hours upon penalty of towing. The developments came as a complete surprise to UNO students and faculty, who were placed in the position of immediately having to find free parking replacements.

The problem is, there aren’t really any replacement parking stalls for those the city has effectively taken away. Paid campus lots are already clogged, and free parking lots near North Campus are virtually nonexistent. Nearby streets are already crowded with parked cars on school days. The free parking solution the University provides at the new arena on Center street is prohibitively far away, requiring a seemingly interminable shuttle commute.

The University has scrambled to provide solutions for students, offering discounted parking passes for campus lots and touting the free parking at Baxter Arena. But both solutions are partial at best, and ineffectual at worst. Campus lots are already full.

They were full before the University continued their misguided policy of axing parking without replacing it. And the arena parking is no kind of replacement for parking a few minute’s walk away from the classroom, and students shouldn’t be expected to put up with half-hour shuttle waits and commutes as a matter of course. The university has failed to adequately provide for student transportation.

On the city’s part, such a manipulative move is indefensible. By failing to notify the university or students, the city has revealed their hand to be that of disingenuous plotting. It’s a power play: one designed to retake ground the city sees as lost to a motley crew of dirty students at the expense of the affluent citizens from nearby residential districts.

This falls into the familiar pattern of the city failing to account to the university’s needs and reflect their role in the relationship between them, as well as the nasty tendency to gentrify the experience of everyone but the moneyed yuppie commuter they see as their ideal citizen.

But both sides of the struggle are fighting at the expense of us, the students. They are battling over our parking, toying with our student lives.

If the relationship between the city and state is to benefit either of them, it must be with the experience of students in mind. Both stand to lose by alienating their student population, and the decisions made about parking and transportation now will have long-term consequences.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT ELMWOOD PARK’S PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Watch a video about the new parking limitations.

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For a limited time, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Parking Services will waive outstanding tickets if you donate a non-perishable food item or a toy equal to half the price of the value of your ticket.

What does that mean? Say you have a $30 ticket. If you donate a $15 toy, you’ll get that ticket waived.

Pretty simple concept. The added benefit is you’ll feel good about donating to a worthy cause.

All of the food donations will go to the Maverick Food Pantry, and all toy donations will go to Lutheran Family Services.

Parking Services will accept donations through Dec. 15.

If you’re not certain if you have a ticket, call 402-554-7275 or email unoparking@unomaha.edu to have a representative check your student account.

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Jared Kennedy
News Editor

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha—a commuter campus; A school where students can live at home or otherwise off campus and comfortably travel to campus for classes.

Given the absolutely inexemplary parking infrastructure here at UNO there is no doubt the campus is motorist friendly. Students can pay a moderate price for guaranteed parking on campus. Never at UNO would you hear one of those horror stories from other universities where students spend upwards of a half an hour waiting for a parking space they should’ve been guaranteed given that they purchased a parking pass for more than $120.

The parking at UNO is nothing short of an unreliable mess and a financial shakedown for students.
Many are seeking to avoid this problem by seeking non-motorized transportation. UNO is seeing an influx of bike usage on campus. Bike racks are full and sidewalks are jam-packed. It’s becoming clear however that biking to campus can be just as treacherous as biting the parking bullet.

Foot traffic on north campus flows well between buildings. There are a couple places that see a lot more
traffic than others but as a whole the flow is nice. But when you throw cycling, skateboarding and other forms of personal transportation in there the plot thickens.

The problem is clear. UNO is not a friendly campus for people looking to get around on bikes or skateboards
given the sidewalk congestion. UNO needs bike paths. A handful of times already this year there have been instances where skateboarders and cyclists have run people over as they attempted to navigate the melee. Cyclists are not to blame and neither are the pedestrians. To blame is the lack of infrastructure regarding the sidewalks on campus.If UNO had separate bike paths that had routes going around campus the university would see a massive cut in sidewalk congestion and an increase in efficiency for anyone traveling on the sidewalks. This is important as the congestion is a safety concern, and it causes people to be late when they would otherwise have made it to class on time.

Another way UNO is not biker friendly is the lack of bike tire pumps on campus. There are only a couple tire pumps and the one located in the HPER parking area is currently broken. This is obviously a big issue as when student’s can’t count on being able to air up their tires they will be less likely to ride their bikes to campus. No student would willingly put them selves through having to carry their bike home if they were to get a flat on campus.

The university really can’t afford to have less students commuting to campus via bike. We need as
much students leaving their cars at home as possible. It’s an extremely unfortunate conundrum. UNO
needs more people to bike to campus because the parking is poor, but yet the campus isn’t especially bike friendly. It is important we recognize change when it needs to occur.

This issue could even go as far as recruitment for UNO. A beautiful and user-friendly campus is important for potential students to see. It’s part of selling the UNO brand. If students come to UNO and they see that sidewalks are congested and parking is impossible, it could push them away.

On the UNO website there is a page dedicated to how the university won honorable mention in 2012 for cyclist friendly universities. The page also mentions that UNO is supposedly now a bicycle friendly city. This is simply not the case. Cyclist from outside of the Omaha area would quickly find that unless you know the city like the back of your hand it is very difficult to travel via bike paths. There are simply not enough of them. There are several main bike paths that take a cyclist east and west and north and south, but what is lost is everything in the middle.

In addition, cyclists are still plagued with bad attitudes from inconsiderate motorists. Often cyclists are honked at, yelled at, and are bombarded with other rude gestures. This comes from a lack of awareness about the benefits of cycling and shows that Omaha has so far not done enough to foster an eco-friendly, carbon footprint reducing community.

What the city has done for cyclists has been a good start, but we need a much stronger bike path infrastructure and to change a lot of attitudes before Omaha or UNO can proudly brandish any kind of award for being cyclist friendly.

 

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By Jared Kennedy
News Editor

Parking wars happen everywhere and the University of Nebraska at Omaha is no exception.

Tickets, what parking passes to get, learning to show up early to get a spot, where the shuttle runs — it’s all part of the game. Get familiar with it or your life will be brimming with frustration Monday through Friday for the next nine months.

A very simple way to save yourself at least $30 this coming year: Don’t get a parking ticket.

UNO senior Michaela Volk said UNO parking authority is so on top of things that she once received a ticket that was incorrect, and while inside the building getting the ticket revoked she received yet another ticket.

If you park illegally, automobiles will be ticketed. The parking authority is well-staffed, so don’t risk it.

Finding parking on campus is always a stretch. Avoid this by getting a parking pass to the East Garage or the West Garage. Keep in mind that having a parking pass doesn’t guarantee you a spot as passes to both garages are oversold.

“It’s unfortunate that the prices are so high for parking when you are still not guaranteed a spot anyways,” Volk said.

Three surface parking lots previously counted on by students on north campus have been closed within the last three years. The first lot to go was the large parking area near the the Weitz Community Engagement Center. Next to go was the lot adjacent to Strauss Performing Arts Center. Most recently the small lot in front of Roskens Hall has now been reserved for visitors only.

UNO sophomore Haley Barber says parking in the surface lots is still possible, arriving on campus before 9 a.m. can help ensure a parking spot. However, Barber still says that parking on campus is spotty at best.

“There’s not a chance of parking during the day unless there is some weird lull in the action,” Barber said.

Parking in a garage offers security both for your car and in finding a spot. This year the surface lot parking passes are more expensive. This appears to be simple supply and demand as surface lots have been cut down in recent years. A pass to the West Garage costs about $230, while a pass to the surface lot runs about $200.

A common concern for students is that not only is parking hard to find, but often when you do find parking you are so far away from your building it takes too long to walk in.

Senior Stephen Douglas says parking on north campus is so poor that he doesn’t even utilize the on campus workout facilities.

“It takes me at least 30 minutes to find parking and usually a good 10 minutes to walk from wherever I parked,” Douglas said, “so I just don’t even bother.” Douglas said.

Douglas takes many classes in Mammal Hall – which is located at UNO’s Pacific Campus south of the main university – and says parking on south campus is a different story. “… I always find a spot within minutes,” he said.

Attendants at the UNO parking office say two-thirds of the garage passes have been sold for this year. Supervisors expect that they will in fact sell out this year.

Shuttle services will also differ this year. Crossroads parking garage will no longer be used by UNO and alternative parking has been established. The new free student parking is located on Center campus, or lot 26.

As of right now it is unclear as to whether UNO students will utilize the free parking as much as they have in the past. Senior Michaela Myers believes that people may not yet be fully aware of the parking changes this fall.

“If they haven’t checked their email or seen the flyers they probably don’t know what’s going on,” Myers said.

There’s no doubt the new free parking will not be as time efficient. With the new location on Center it will take much longer for students to get to class compared to when the shuttles ran from Crossroads.

Broadcasting student Alex Abler says he doesn’t use the free parking the university offers.

“I just bite the bullet and buy a parking pass,” Abler said.

The parking landscape at UNO is always changing and the updates aren’t yet complete. Still to come is a third parking garage located on south campus that promises a possible end to parking struggles for students.

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By Jackson Taylor, News Editor

Parking Services has a few announcements regarding parking operations, shuttle service and parking lot closures. Parking lot closures are required to accommodate several construction projects on campus.

Early Bird Discount for Parking Permits
Purchase a 2015-2016 permit on-line by July 31 to receive a $25 discount. Permits purchased on-line will be mailed to you for your convenience.

DMV Search Fee

Providing accurate license plate information is critical when purchasing a permit online. If a DMV search must be performed to correct an error, a $25 fee will be charged to your account.

Parking Violations

Effective July 1, parking violations older than 30 days will be transferred to your MavLINK account to be paid through Cashiering/Student Accounts. Violations older than 30 days can-not be appealed or waived.

A 20 percent discount is available for violations paid within seven days of the issue date.

 Visitor Parking at Meters

Beginning August 24, vehicles with permits from the other University of Nebraska campuses (UNL, UNMC, UNK) will not be able to park in visitor metered parking between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Parking Lot Closures

Lot E will be closed in the summer to provide a staging area for construction and to repair the campanile plaza. Lots 7 and 8 will be closed effective June 15 to construct a new student housing facility. Additional parking will be available in Lot 14.

To accommodate for a 15-month renovation project in the MBSC: Visitor parking in front of the MBSC will be converted to a construction staging area May 11. The parking and dock area between the MBSC and EAB will be a construction zone. Deliveries will still go to the docks. Handicap parking spaces will be moved to Lot W. Personal reserved parking spaces also will move. Pedestrian traffic will be prohibited, and pedestrian access on the southwest corner of the EAB will be closed.

In August, the shuttle bus stop will be in front of EAB. Visitor parking in front of the EAB will move to Lot A. The East Garage will be available for paid visitor parking during the summer.

For the latest information and updates, visit the Parking Services website or follow Parking Services on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Parking Services at 402-554-7275 or unparking@mail.unomaha.edu for more information.

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