OGDEN, Utah – Beginning fall semester 2005, students will need to purchase a permit to park in the Dee Events Center parking lot at Weber State University.
Dee Events Center permits will cost $20 per year or $15 per semester and are available through the office of Parking Services located in Annex 5 or the Dee Events Center Ticket Office. Parking Services is open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Individuals holding valid A, W, and RW permits will also be able to park in the lot.
Revenue generated by issuing Dee Events Center parking lot permits will help offset rising costs associated with running and maintaining shuttle bus service. Students who park in the Dee Events Center lot typically ride shuttle buses to get to their classes on the academic side of campus.
"Anyone who's been to the gas station recently knows how much fuel costs have skyrocketed the last couple of years," said Kevin Hansen, assistant vice president for Facilities Management, which oversees the shuttle bus operation. He noted that the Dee Events Center permits cost less than half the price of permits for other campus lots.
Lisa Allen-Martinez, Parking Services manager, said the university has been working to publicize the change since spring semester by distributing fliers on shuttle buses, meeting with various student groups, posting new signs at the entrances to the lot, and placing ads in the student newspaper. A notice was also included with the fall registration information mailed to every student.
Fans attending sporting events, concerts and conferences at the Dee Events Center will not need a permit to park in the lot.
The parking lot can accommodate more than 2,800 vehicles.
WSU's shuttle bus service, which consists of 10 vehicles in the fleet, has been in operation for more than a dozen years. During peak hours of operation, 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. weekdays, as many as eight buses help transport students to and from the Dee Events Center lot. The shuttles run every 5 minutes between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays, making seven stops around the campus. They average 6,500 rides a day during the school year. One bus operates during off-peak hours and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
For more information about the new permits, call (801) 626-6533 or visit departments.weber.edu/parking/.
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