George Androuin is the Director of Business Services, and runs four different areas on campus: Business Services, the Herbert University Center, the Fine Arts Center, and Parking and Transportation. Current updates being made to these areas include the addition of theatre lights in the Fine Arts Center, as well as an improved deck and classroom hallways at the Herbert University Center.
Androuin was asked about the shuttles on campus. Academy Bus is in charge of the shuttles, and UNF student feedback determines the number of busses, location of bus stops, and the bus schedule. 10am-3pm is the peak time, but if students want expanded shuttle times they can request that they be added. UNF’s contract with Academy Bus will end in August 2017, and the university will open the invitation to negotiate.
License Plate Recognition (LPR) programs have been successfully instituted on other college campuses. UNF’s transition to LPR will save the university $70k a year, which can be used elsewhere. No jobs in Parking and Transportation will be lost, because the transition planning process has been going on for a year. There will be fewer patrollers on campus, but no one has been fired because most employees leave by attrition. Reorganization took place in order to give employees more room for growth, and employees in Parking and Transportation have been satisfied with the changes.
LPR works by installing cameras on the patrol cars. As patrollers drive through the lot, plates are automatically scanned and images are sent to the database. If there's a hit (meaning that the plate is unregistered or the car is in the incorrect lot), the patroller will take photos of the whole car. Interestingly, the number of citations will drop off after implementation of LPR, and then it will skyrocket. This is because the system needs to be taught what to recognize (plates) and what to ignore (road signs, etc.). In July the website will be updated to reflect all LPR.
Some physical parking passes will still be needed on campus, like green vendor permits. Parking Services is working on an online form where departments can submit a guest’s license plate number and an automated code to reserve a pass for off campus guests in advance. Off-campus guests will soon have multiple options for purchasing passes other than the UNF Parking Services website: a phone app is in development, while users can currently also purchase at the booths or the Parking Services Building.
The biggest issue at other campuses is how to deal with users who prefer to park by backing into spaces. When a user backs in, it impedes the LPR software from easily scanning their license plates. Wheel stops can be implemented on campus to encourage users to park nose-in. UNF is offering a $50 back-in permit, which is also offered by UF. Additional signage will likely be implemented to encourage nose-in parking.
Contrary to popular belief, faculty/staff permits sell out in August, not the first week when they go on sale. UNF works on a ratio system, unlike FSU that sells permits with no limits. UNF sells 1.6 permits per faculty/staff space on campus. UNF stands up well against other campuses, and there is always parking in the outlying lots. We are the only institution that hasn't raised parking fees in 10 years.
Is the stipend going down? No, Parking Advisory Council members wanted to lower the grey parking permit prices, raise blue prices, and reduce the stipend. There was an overwhelming response from both faculty and students that said they would buy less blue passes and buy more grey passes. Therefore the stipend will not decrease this year.
Parking fees go toward staff salaries, upkeep of the lots, and building garages and infrastructures. Parking Services is self-sufficient and the funds cannot be used for anything but parking.
Where to go if we have questions? Visit the Faculty and Staff Virtual Permit FAQs website. Who to contact about safety issues? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call x2815