WSU Parking System Review Task Force Formed

PULLMAN, Wash. — A 15-member Parking System Review Task Force has been named to discuss and recommend changes to the university’s parking and transportation system.

A visiting peer review team conducted an external parking system review during 2000 to evaluate financial issues, customer service, community relations, outreach and alternate transportation modes. The team collected feedback from the campus community and was able to identify the strengths and needs of the system, said Glenn Ford, assistant vice president for Business Affairs.

The role of the Task Force will be to continue to provide an open review process, available to all campus groups, to deal with issues raised by the parking system review. The main objective is to establish an internal review process that provides WSU with “a global campus perspective and broad representation” on parking and transportation issues, Ford said.

Members of the Task Ford and the areas they represent include: Jesse Keene, Associated Students of WSU president; Carsten Hoyt, undergraduate student (commuter students); Jennifer Estroff, president of the Residence Hall Association; Jason Sherette, graduate student (Graduate and Professional Student Association); Bill Cofer, associate professor of civil engineering (chair, Faculty Senate); Patty Sias, associate professor of communication (faculty); Tom Papagiannakis, associate professor of transportation and engineering (faculty); Jeff Snook, systems and programming professional (Administrative and Professional Advisory Council); Linda Snook, library supervisor (classified staff); John Shaheen, director of parking, transportation and the Visitor Center; Lori Selby, executive assistant for special projects (Business Affairs); Peter Grigas, planning manager for Capital Planning and Development; Josh Welch, chair of the Parking Appeals Committee; Steve Mallory, architect (Facilities Operations); and Ford.

The Task Force will meet once a week. Some proposed items on the agenda for the 2001-02 academic year include reviewing safety and security issues in parking lots, reviewing the campus master plan, reviewing the zone assignment process, evaluating the concept of salary-based parking rates, reviewing the proposal to add additional zones, reviewing proposals for an on-campus shuttle system and reviewing the six-year financial plan for the self-sustaining parking and transportation system.

For more information, contact Ford at 509/335-2600 or Shaheen at 509/335-4911.