Changes coming to street parking at UWL, Western campuses

Credit: WKBT
Published on September 11, 2018 -

Changes coming to street parking at UWL, Western campuses

City of La Crosse officials are considering charging for on-street parking surrounding University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Western Technical College campuses.


Changes coming to street parking at UWL, Western campuses

Is off tonight.

There will soon be changes to street parking at u-w-l.

News 8's sarah thamer is here to tell us what they are.... sarah?

City of la crosse officials are considering charging for on-street parking surrounding university of wisconsin-la crosse and western technical college campuses.

While it may not be the most favored option by students..... la crosse police tell me there are long term benefits.

"not happy, i don't like it."

"it's a total bummer."

For some college students at uwl... "no i dont want to pay for it."

Free is always the better option, so when they heard changes are coming to street parking.... "i wouldn't like it too much just because you already have to pay a lot if you like want to park on campus."

Many weren't in favor.

But la crosse police department assistant chief rob abraham says the changes would push more students and staff to use under utilized parking ramps, among other benefits.

"this will help alleviate some of the congestion in neighborhoods with commuter parking, provide that parking back to residents in that area."

Areas on the street currently limited to free two-hour parking only, would change to pay to park zones.... "if you had a smart phone you could pay via our passport parking app."

People will be able to purchase up to four hours of parking for one dollar an hour.

"or you can call an 800 number or you can go online to pay."

Abraham says the dollar anount per hour isn't finalized though and the first year will be a trial period only, students like colton... "for me it's not a big deal."

Say the changes aren't going to be entirely new, since lots and parking ramps also require fees.

"if it's a couple of dollars at a time i'm usually there for like an hour or two."

"i get it but lower the prices for the ramps, you know there's gotta be some kind of give and take."

Abraham says nonetheless, parking is a hot-button topic at many neighborhood meetings.

"the city needs to look at and evaluate relief for those neigborhoods."

Residents in those neighborhoods would get a parking pass if they choose to park their cars on the street.

Thank you sarah.

Details of the parking changes will be discussed further at a public works meeting next week.

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