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Parking plan unveiled, carpool an option
by Cindy Abole
August is recognized as a time when summer activities wind down and
students begin to turn their attention back to the classroom, studying
and other academic pursuits. At MUSC, student and employee commuters,
particularly those who rely on the Hagood Park-and-Ride
system, also may experience parking challenges around the 76-acre
MUSC’s Office of Parking Management (OPM) has been busy collaborating
with departments and community agencies to create solutions and
provide some relief until the Bee Street Garage opens in late
Recent additions to MUSC’s medical center, specifically with the
opening of Ashley River Tower in February, have
placed increased demands on MUSC’s parking system. With the
addition of new employees hired to work and support ART comes the added
challenge of finding solutions to accommodate employees and
returning students until the planned parking facility
is ready for occupancy.
“We’ve invested a lot of time finding additional parking solutions
through planning, negotiating and communicating with different groups
inside and outside the institution,” said Melinda Anderson, OPM
director. “These solutions have been put into place to help resolve our
immediate needs. We ask that everyone be patient and open to these
changes during this temporary period.”
OPM is finalizing the assignment list for eligible employees who will
park in the Bee Street Garage. Starting Aug. 11, parking management
will begin offering assignments (in hire-date order) to employees
who registered during the recent Bee Street Garage open-enrollment
period. Registration information will be provided to those who
accept an assignment, and be completed for most parkers in
advance of the garage opening date.
“We’ve developed several measures that will provide some relief and
deals with the campus’ current parking situation until the Bee Street
Garage opens,” Anderson said.
To help manage the parking overflow from commuters using the Hagood
Parking system, MUSC has leased the 72-space VIP parking area
owned by the city and located adjacent to Joe Riley Stadium.
Parking in this lot area will be available beginning Aug.
22. Additional space for the park-and-ride system utilizes
facilities leased elsewhere in the city and the Charleston Area
Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) parking to campus link.
Additionally, OPM and MUSC leadership have been diligent in finding
solutions that not only improve parking and congestion on campus
but that offer some relief to cost-conscious employees in
today’s challeng-ing economic climate.
Management has established the MUSC Carpool Program for
eligible employees interested in sharing rides to and from campus. A
carpool consists of two or more university/MUHA employees. Groups that
have formed may register with OPM and receive a carpool parking
assignment. Employees seeking to find a carpool partner can visit http://carpool.musc.edu.
Once established, carpool participants may select a parking location in
one of several employee parking locations. OPM will assign a
specific parking space in the selected location for the carpool group.
Anyone who gives up a personal parking space in the MUSC system
and participates in a carpool or rides CARTA will be able to
regain his personal parking assignment if the carpool dissolves or if
for some other reason he cannot continue to participate in the carpool
or transit program.
Starting July 1, MUSC employees and students were able to ride CARTA
Express and its system routes for free (a $64-per-month value per
person). CARTA Express’s park-and-ride system supports regular service
between North Charleston, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant and James Island
and downtown Charleston. CARTA riders, who give up their parking
assignment, also are eligible to receive the 12-pass booklet. Since the
MUSC-CARTA partnership began in 2005, CARTA transportation has been
popular with many MUSC employees.
For more information, visit the OPM Webpage at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/vpfa/operations/Parking.
Carpool Program offered to university, MUHA employees
The Carpool Program encourages eligible MUSC employees to share a ride
to and from campus.
Carpooling improves air quality and conserves energy; reduces traffic
and relieves parking congestion; cuts vehicle wear and tear; reduces
gasoline consumption, insurance and parking costs; provides an
opportunity to make friends, reduce stress of commuting alone and enjoy
A carpool group consists of two or more registered members. Registered
members will be full-time university or Medical University Hospital
Registered members must work compatible day-shift schedules on MUSC’s
main campus and live along a reasonable commuting path.
Participating carpool groups must register with OPM. Participants may
register at any time of the year. A one-time registration fee applies.
A carpool group will be assigned one carpool permit and one access card
to share. Carpool participants will re-register with OPM annually.
Re-registration occurs between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30; renewed carpool
permits must be displayed by Oct. 1.
Prospective participants may find their own carpool partners or may use
the MUSC carpool matching service at http://carpool.musc.edu.
Carpool members may select a parking location in one of several
employee parking lots or garages. OPM will assign a specific parking
space in the selected location for the carpool group.
To support medical appointments and other personal needs of carpool
participants, each participant will be issued authorization to park in
the Hagood parking system. An employee who participates in a carpool
and gives up his personal MUSC parking space will be issued an OPM
parking coupon booklet containing 12-day passess, good for one year,
for courtesy parking in a specified on-campus parking location.
If an MUSC carpool dissolves, participants should notify OPM
immediately and the carpool parking space will be relinquished.
Payroll deductions will not be stopped until the carpool parking permit
and parking access card are returned to OPM.
Friday, Aug. 8, 2008
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