Parking during year-end activities

To: UCSC Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students

From: Larry Pageler, Transportation and Parking Services Director

As the campus prepares for the many commencement and year-end celebrations this weekend, I wanted to alert you to the impact this will have on traffic and parking. On Friday alone, there are 18 departmental or organizational celebrations scheduled throughout the day, resulting in hundreds of visitors needing on-campus parking. Parking in the East Remote lot will be free on Friday to accommodate many of them. However, traffic on campus will be much heavier than usual, and parking for some celebrations will be in close-in parking lots. Please consider coordinating with your supervisor to work off-site or from home on Friday, or consider using alternative transportation to get to campus. Metro buses serving the UCSC campus will be fare-free on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Campus shuttles will be operating on the summer intersession Loop bus schedule (starting at 7:30am) on Friday, with added evening Loop buses operating until 10pm. During the weekend campus shuttle service will operate from 7:30am to 7:30pm.

If you routinely park on campus with a valid UCSC parking permit, you should be able to park in the lot you normally use on Friday. Display your permit as usual, and please don't park in spaces reserved for VIPs, "Special Pass" holders, or disabled visitors.

If you will be on campus during the weekend, please be aware that traffic restrictions will be in place in two areas:  downhill traffic on Hagar will be closed from Steinhart Drive to the East Remote parking lot, and downhill traffic on Heller will be closed from the Core West Parking Structure entrance to Meyer Drive. Those trying to exit from the campus core will be directed to do so via Coolidge Drive.

If you have questions about parking on campus this weekend, please contact Eric Kraus at TAPS (459-2190).

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.