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Parking passes no longer a police matter

STANFORD -- Workers at Stanford University's office of Transportation Programs on Monday, Aug. 12, began processing their first-ever batch of applications for campus parking permits.

The permits, previously handled by the Department of Public Safety, now will be processed and issued at the office that coordinates transportation to and from and around campus.

Tom Auer, program manager with Transportation Programs, said applications for the 1991-92 permits were mailed in early August to all faculty, staff and students. Several hundred had been received by Monday, he said.

"This has been quite a day," Auer said. "We've got three people out, we're busy swatting bugs in our new computer program, and starting to process all these applications."

Over-the-counter sales will begin Sept. 3 at Transportation Programs, 855 Serra St., and at the Stanford Hospital Security Services Office.

Permit prices did not increase this year, partly in response to the six-month delay in implementing faculty and staff pay raises. To meet increased costs, however, services were reduced. The first victim was the underused Peter Coutts Express line of the Marguerite shuttle system, phased out over the summer. In addition, the office will lose through attrition one full-time position, and additional Marguerite cuts may be implemented in the winter.

In 1991-92, "A" permits, good for the most desirable parking locations, will again cost $200. Employees have the option of spreading the payments over four equal payroll deductions.

For $50, "C" stickers allow commuters to use many lots and parking structures farther from the central campus, but often still close to the workplace.

For the second year, Stanford is offering free "Z" permits, which are good in two outlying lots: one at the intersection of Campus Drive and Stock Farm Road, the other near the Track House. For most employees, parking in either lot means a moderate walk or a bike ride to reach work.

Resident students are charged $50. Their stickers are area- specific and are not valid in any employee parking areas. A "Z" category for resident students, which had 59 customers last year, has been discontinued. The area used for that lot will become regular student parking for the new Kimball Hall.

As part of regional "traffic-demand management," Transportation Programs stresses the advantages of carpooling, vanpooling and taking mass transit in the information packages sent to each employee and student. A number of benefits, such as free permits, are offered to people in carpools and vanpools. Three-person carpools are eligible for reserved spaces in some "A" parking lots.

"These changes are some of the results of our 'repositioning,¹ " Auer said. "We're trying to become more service-oriented and less regulation-oriented, and we're trying to tie alternative commuting into parking more closely than in the past."

For workers who can carpool or take public transit some, but not all, of the time, one-day "scratch-off" permits are available at a cost of $1 per day for a "C" permit and $4 per day for an "A" permit.

Last year, Stanford issued 4,200 "A" permits, 10,800 "C" permits, 400 "Z" permits and 4,500 Resident Student permits.



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