Lyft and Uber are the new modern carpool, but even on the app you have the option to take the ride by yourself without fellow commuters. So essentially, on the streets of the city, you have both taxis and “Uber taxis”. More cars on the roads could lead to longer commute times due to traffic, and even more air pollution. In 2013, it was estimated that over 85% of UIC students were commuters. If every commuting student brought their own car to school, that would be around 27, 500 vehicles competing for parking and congesting our streets.
Project Title: Discounted Parking for Carpools at UIC
Description: I am proposing discounted parking rates for students and faculty alike. As it stands today, those who park in the UIC lots are subject to pay between $4.50-13.00 depending on how long your stay at UIC is for the day. As an incentive, perhaps parking rates cut in half (or maybe less) would prompt members of the UIC community to pitch in to this fight against urban-based pollution. A similar initiative has already been implemented at the University of Chicago where even just two riders in one vehicle can be eligible for a specially-rated parking pass. Although, their reasoning behind this incentive is to simply reduce the amount of cars on campus. Hopefully, this can encourage commuters from near or far alike to evaluate their carbon footprint and participate in such solutions.
Timeline: Fall Semester (August-December) & Spring Semester (January-May) ; Breaks, holidays, and Summer Semester would be excluded
Proposed Budget: $6, 500 (if we choose to print physical parking passes)
Remember: ONLY VALID FOR UIC STUDENTS/FACULTY/EMPLOYEES
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“Rates & Fees”. University of Illinois at Chicago Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services. The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, 2013, https://parking.uic.edu/rates_fees/
“Carpooling”. The University of Chicago Safety & Security, safety-security.uchicago.edu/services/carpooling/
Gemma. “The many benefits of car-sharing and carpooling”. The Eco Guide, https://theecoguide.org/many-benefits-car-sharing-and-carpooling. Accessed on 21 September 2017.
MyParkingPermit. MyParkingPermit, 2017, http://www.myparkingpermit.com
“Is the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Really a Commuter School?” COMM2002013.wordpress, 23 April 2013, https://comm2002013.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/is-the-university-of-illinois-at-chicago-uic-really-a-commuter-school-according-to-the-schools-administration-the-answer-is-yes/