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Parking, CARTA, carpooling options
for the campus’s newest parking facility, MUSC’s Bee Street Garage,
continues with the 1,500-space facility scheduled to open in
mid-October. May’s open enrollment period for parking space
availability has closed. During this time, Office of Parking Management
(OPM) received 1,340 registrations for the Bee Street Garage facility.
The month of June is scheduled as a period for registrants to confirm
that their names are on the Bee Street Garage assignment list and that
their hire dates are correct (original hire date with MUSC/MUHA/UMA
with no break in service). Visit http://appserve.musc.edu/ParkitWaitingList/.
If corrections are needed, employees should notify OPM via e-mail at
The order of assignment (in hire date order) will be established by
July 1. Notification of parking assignment opportunity will be sent to
employees via e-mail.
OPM will send participants e-mail verification. If an employee does not
respond to the first e-mail, OPM will send a second e-mail. Failure by
employees to respond will be considered a declination, and therefore,
will warrant removal from the assignment enrollment list.
During this two-month period, employees who have accepted an assignment
will be formally set up within the OPM system (transfer, new parker in
system, etc.). OPM will issue decals and update changes to employee
records for those who will be assigned to the Bee Street Garage.
Parking decals and information will be mailed to participating
employees. (Exception: employees who are not currently registered in
the parking system will need to come to the parking office to register.)
Within the next year, all gated parking areas will be changed to accept
the MUSC ID as the parking access card. The new Bee Street Garage will
be the first facility to employ this feature.
Other OPM accomplishments
1) Recently completed is
energy-efficient lighting upgrades to the Rutledge Tower (employee)
“These lighting upgrades are the third of three scheduled upgrades
completed in the past few years for OPM’s plans to improve and upgrade
all of parking management’s facilities and is funded solely through
revenues from MUSC’s parking system,” said Melinda Anderson, OPM
director. “It’s a reinvestment into the parking system. OPM receives no
state appropriations. Everything done is dependent upon user fees.”
2) Installation and
completion of two additional elevators in the Courtenay Drive Garage as
of June 6. This adds rooftop service to the seventh floor serving ART.
Additional lighting upgrades and new signage continues. In addition,
management changed garage operations from central to exit cashiering,
similar to other on-campus patient-visitor garage locations.
3) Addition of one
elevator to the Ashley-Rutledge Parking Garage, which will be completed
in late July. Canopies were added to protect the garage stairwells
during inclement weather.
4) The Rutledge Tower
surface lot, adjacent to the Ashley-Rutledge Parking Garage, will
return to full capacity following construction and will continue to be
dedicated to accessible parking.
5) Upon completion of the
Ashley-Rutledge Parking Garage elevator project, upgrades to the ground
floor lobby is being planned to include a dropped ceiling, new
flooring, lighting, etc.
6) Repairs to the
President Street Garage are under way. Work will soon commence and will
require about seven months for completion. There is no structural risk
to the facility. The project consists of repairs to broken connections
between the floor slabs on the down ramps and repair of the concrete
topping on ramps.
7) OPM has contracted
with a parking design engineering specialist to conduct condition
appraisals of all MUSC parking garages. A preliminary meeting has been
conducted and a proposal will be submitted. Surveys are expected to
begin in late June. Parking Garage 1, which was opened in 1974, is the
oldest parking structure on campus.
Free CARTA extended to
Starting July 1, MUSC employees and students will have free access to
ride Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) Express
as well as the CARTA system routes. This service is a $64 per month
value per person for MUSC participants.
Employees and students only need to show their MUSC ID badge to ride.
It’s been more than a year since CARTA and MUSC joined efforts to
support employees and students with a money-saving, stress-free
solution to their weekday work commute. CARTA Express provides
park-and-ride transportation ser-vice between downtown Charleston and
North Charleston, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant (two stops) and James
Meanwhile, CARTA’s plan to expand to a Summerville route continues. A
proposal has been submitted to the S.C. State Legislature, Town of
Summerville and Dorchester County for funding.
Employees who establish a carpool group (two or more people) can work
with OPM to coordinate on-campus parking. The group shares the
cost of gas, cost of the parking space and convenience of accessible
parking at an on-campus location.
Employees can utilize the MUSC Carpool Matching Program where they can
network with other employee/student riders about carpooling groups and
other information. Visit http://carpool.musc.edu/.
Friday, June 13, 2008
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