Parking Situation at University of Tampa
Parking Capacity of the University
University of Tampa currently has two major garages, West Parking Garage and Thomas Parking Garage, for its students, staff and faculty members, admissions and visitors.(Campus Map, 2012) The majority of UT students and faculty members own vehicles and drive to campus. They are not very satisfied with the amount of time it takes to find a spot on campus, especially before class time.
The office of Graduate and Continuing Studies hosts information sessions about the graduate programs at UT. Daily appointment could be scheduled with graduate counselors. (Graduate Campus Visit) Henry B. Plant Museum attracts lots of visitors daily. The museum hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. (ut.edu) Visitor parking is available but very limited to the right side of Plant Hall.
The lack of parking space and parking spot become a “primary reason why students are late to class”. (The University of Tampa Parking Study, 2009)
There are several issues with UT parking policy, including parking permit, time management and garage policy. (The University of Tampa Parking Study, 2007) There is not enough signage indicating the number of spaces available in lots/garages. (The University of Tampa Parking Study, 2007) The parking locations are not convenient for campus residents and faculty members to use, especially for bad weather and running late situations. (The University of Tampa Parking Study, 2007)
Parking Demand of the University
For the Tampa Bay area, there is a high percentage of residents who have valid driver’s license, buy vehicles or already have a car. (Generation Y Buyer Behavior Study, 2012) The increasing demand of high technology services becomes more and more important for the new generation consumers, such as the parking, servicing and insuring their vehicle. (Generation Y Buyer Behavior Study, 2012)