The University Record, September 28, 1992

‘Island’ in Thompson is first step in computer management of parking

Faculty and staff who park in the Thompson Street Structure have been mystified over the past several weeks about the appearance of an “island” with an entrance/exit gate just inside the main entrance of the structure.

Installation of the island is one of several pilot projects under way at University Parking Services to alleviate frustrations of those who use the structures and lots.

In Phase I of managing parking by computer, the gate will provide an accurate count system. An sign at the main entrance will advise parkers whether the structure is full or space is available, eliminating the need to traverse the seven levels to find a spot to park.

If successful, Parking Services Manager Susan A. Kirkpatrick says that the pilot program likely will be expanded and applied to surface lots and other structures. “Signs would advise parkers that a structure or lot is full and would identify the closest available spot in another structure or lot.”

Parking Services also is exploring the feasibility of additional security initiatives in the lots and structures, a smart-card-controlled access system with multiple options for University use, and expanded management by computer.

Kirkpatrick and her staff welcome comments and questions at 764-8291.