By MARIA KANSO, News Editor
The University of Michigan-Dearborn parking lot changed to include parking spots designated exclusively for visitors.
Visitor parking spots are located in lot E5, adjacent to the Admissions Office in the University Center, the third floor of the Monteith Parking Structure on the north end of campus and in lot F behind the Fieldhouse.
Visitors wishing to park in those spots should pay at a meter located near each of the three locations.
The increase in student enrollment and the loss of parking lot G across from the Henry Ford Estate has led to these changes,which affect students and visitors alike.
“One of the reasons to have a visitor parking strategy is so that we can assure that our permit parking spaces are available for our permit holders,” said Carol Glick, Executive Director for Facilities Operations. “The second reason is so that our visitors can find a place to park when they come to the campus.”
Students, faculty, and visitors that do not park in their designated areas will receive an $80 parking ticket.
Parking on campus is open on weekends and after parking enforcement hours, which are from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. till 4 p.m.on Friday. The parking structure is closed on the weekend.
“The most important benefits of this project are the ability to assure that student parking spaces and faculty/staff parking spaces are reserved for our permit holders. It will also help us to assure that our visitors are welcomed to campus with spaces reserved for them,” said Glick.
The shuttle bus schedule was adjusted to a new program, in which it will travel between the University Center and Fairlane Center every 10 minutes.