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Transportation Week continues through May 8

Transportation Week runs May 4 to 8 on Western Washington University's Bellingham campus.

Events will take place each day, including an info booth in Red Square, a free bike tour of Bellingham, a bike tune-up event and a film on sustainable development.

For more information, check out the Western Student Transportation Facebook page.

 

Transportation Week is May 4 to 8

Transportation Week runs May 4 to 8 on Western Washington University's Bellingham campus.

Events will take place each day, including an info booth in Red Square, a free bike tour of Bellingham, a bike tune-up event and a film on sustainable development.

For more information, check out the Western Student Transportation Facebook page.

 

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 12:20pm

Highland Drive to get new pavement this week

Highland Drive up the hill from High Street will be getting repaved this week. S&S Concrete will be doing the work on behalf of the City of Bellingham.

Flaggers and other traffic control measures will be in place for the duration of the work. Faculty, staff and students commuting to Western may wish to seek alternate routes around the paving work.

For more information about this project, contact the City of Bellingham's Public Works Department.

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 10:49am

Western continues to finalize parking plan

The latest discussions on Western Washington University's Draft Comprehensive Parking Master Plan were held this past week in an open forum on campus and in a presentation to the Board of Trustees. The plan details the issues that Parking Services needs to handle as well as the changes that need to be made to increase revenue and reduce costs so problems can be addressed.

Quality of parking lots on campus are a main concern to Parking Services. This summer, the 24 percent of lots in good condition will be repaired so that they do not deteriorate into poor condition, which would require more expensive full renovation, said Rich Van Den Hul, vice president for Business and Financial Affairs. In the next three years, the south campus gravel lots and the Lincoln Creek Transportation Center will be paved. In total, $14.4 million dollars of capital improvements are needed in the parking lots.

In order to tackle the cost of the capital improvements, the plan proposes significant reductions in operating costs and modest increases in fines as well as a 5.4-percent increase in general parking costs in 2016 and another increase of 3 percent in 2017. A free permit may also be implemented for commuters to use the Lincoln Creek Transportation Center next year to prepare for charging for use of the lot in 2018.

The Parking and Transportation Advisory Committee has endorsed the plan. For more information, view the draft plan document online.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 9:29am

Western drafts new parking plan

A new plan to improve parking on Western’s campus could raise the cost of student permits.
The plan's current draft highlights the primary goal of the Parking and Transportation Capital Implementation Advisory Committee (PTCIAC) to pave south campus lots between 2016 and 2017 to address pot holes and potential environmental issues caused by stormwater runoff.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:21am

Last discussion on draft parking plan is April 7

For two and a half years, Western Washington University has been reviewing its parking system. The review includes capital and maintenance planning, finances, operations and policies.

The committees conducting the review, the Parking and Transportation Advisory Committee and the Parking and Transportation Capital Implementation Advisory Committee, have finalized much of their work and have submitted their Draft Comprehensive Parking Master Plan for campus review.

A second town-hall meetings is scheduled fpr April 7 to discuss the plan; the first was held Wednesday, April 1. The April 7 meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in SMATE Room 150.

The draft plan also will be brought to the Board of Trustees at their April meeting. 

Visit the Parking Services website for committee reports and recommendations.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 9:56am

During spring break March 23 to 29, special parking rules apply

During spring break March 23 to 29, vehicles displaying a valid winter, academic or annual permit or a valid after-hours permit may park in the following lots: 5G, 7G, 11G, 12A, C, 14G, 17G, 19G, 22G, 24G, 30G, 32G, 33G, and all R lots.

Permits are not valid in metered, reserved, 11G carpool or disability spaces. Evening commuter pack permits are not valid during intersession.

Those who do not have a current permit may purchase one for the break at Parking Services. Evening parking regulations remain in effect.

For more information call 360-650-2945. For after-hours assistance, call 360-650-3555, or go online to www.wwu.edu/ps.

New spring quarter permits must be displayed beginning Monday, March 30, when regular parking regulations will resume.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 4:47am

Spring quarter employee bus passes now on sale

Spring quarter passes, valid March 30 to June 21, are now available for purchase by Western Washington University faculty and staff.

The cost for a spring quarter pass is $23.

How to purchase:

  • Employees who are eligible for payroll deduction may submit a "Viking Xpress Bus Pass Payroll Authorization" esign form, found on the Sustainable Transportation website. Passes purchased through this method will be delivered via campus mail.
  • Employees also may purchase a pass in person at Viking Commons Room 25 or by mailing a bus pass request form (pdf) to Sustainable Transportation at mailstop 9197. Employees not eligible for payroll deduction will have a charge put on their account. Once payment is then made with the Student Business Office or online, the Sustainable Transportation Office will arrange for delivery or pickup of the bus pass.

Please contact the Sustainable Transportation Office at 360-650-7960 with any questions.

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 12:15pm

C lot short term repairs help to prevent erosion and damage to environment

For a long time, the graveled parking lots at Western have been in various stages of disrepair. Now, according to the Student Safety Office, there is some relief in sight.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:41am

Safety committee reminds drivers to be careful on, near campus

The Central Health & Safety Committee at Western Washington University would like to remind campus community drivers to be mindful of speeds when traveling the roads on and around campus. Speeding is a safety concern on all roads. Recent DOT statistics show nearly half of speeding-related fatalities occur on lower speed and local roads. Please drive safely and responsibly by practicing safe speeds, paying attention to cyclists and pedestrians.

To report speeding motorists on campus, please call Public Safety at 360-650-3911. To report violations occurring near campus, contact Bellingham Police Department at 911.

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:39am
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