February 16, 2016 Meeting


Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Parking and Transportation Committee Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

3:30-5:00 p.m.

West Campus Transportation Center, room 220

  1. Approval of Meeting Minutes, 12/3/15
  2. Project Updates
  3. Upcoming Parking Projects
  4. Return of Displaced Permit Holders
  5. Parking Finances
  6. Parking Rates
  7. Traffic/Pedestrian Concerns at Capitol Street Ramp
  8. Mobility Safety Group
  9. Next Meeting, March 29



Parking and Transportation Committee

Meeting Minutes


Members Present:                                 Ryan Dusil, John Fuller, Kris Halter, Doug Moore, Jason Rantanen, Grant Shirts and Matt Van Hoeck

Staff/Others Present:                             Brian Keating, Brian McClatchey, Dave Ricketts, Jim Sayre and Carrie Brus

Members/Staff Absent:                         Nikki Hodous, Marianne Smith and Debby Zumbach

Meeting began at 3:34pm.  Motion was made and seconded for approval of meeting minutes from our last meeting, 12/3/15.  Motion was approved by the committee.  


West Campus Energy Plant

• Project is in response to the 2008 Flood

• Natural gas generated

• Steam provides utilities to many operations on-campus

• Located next to the UIHC Emergency Power Plant within Finkbine Commuter Lot

• Project will be done in phases that are still to be determined

• Project will have an impact to several parking facilities including Finkbine/Lot 65, Arena/Lot 75, Lot 40 and CDD Meters among others

• Incorporating upcoming/future events into the project planning

• Project will be allowed to take up to 75 spaces at one time

• Removal of some islands and mature trees

Finkbine Commuter Lot Improvements

• Looking into a new shelter at Finkbine Commuter

• Would be an actual structure that is enclosed and heated

• Looking into creating additional space to minimize impacts due to the West Campus Energy Plant project

• Turning radius improvements for CAMBUS

Reconstruction of Lot 36, summer 2016

Seamans Center Expansion Project

• Brian Keating is here to talk to us about the impacts of this project

• Eighteen (18) month project

• Concerns about pedestrian safety and traffic flow at the entrance/exit of the Capitol Street Parking Ramp attached to the University Capitol Center (UCC)

• Pedestrians don’t seem to be following the posted signage detours

• Project personnel have consulted with the City of Iowa City about this (Ben Clark is the City contact)

• Some potential solutions:

• Install jersey barriers on the west side of Capitol Street from Burlington as far towards Washington Street as possible

• Include a painted cross-walk on the north end

• Create a temporary sidewalk on the east side of Capitol Street for pedestrian access

• Brian will take both options back to the City of Iowa City for their consideration

Return of Displaced Permit Holders

• 2010:  Moved approximately 600 permit holders out of Lot 43 to make room for the enabling projects that would facilitate the construction of UIHC Children’s Hospital

• 2012: Asked the 600 permit holders to remain displaced from Lot 43.  Approximately 600 other permit holders would have to be displaced from the hospital parking ramps to make way for the demolition of Hospital Parking Ramp 2.

• 2016: Process of moving those permit holders back has begun.  Over the years, some of the displaced permit holders have moved on, retired or have chosen to stay where they currently park.

Parking Rates

• FY 2016 was the final year of the five-year rate package submitted to the Board of Regents

• Paperwork was submitted for FY 2017 last month

• There will be no rate increase

• The handout provided shows the parking rate history, 2009-2017

• Mid-year rate changes came in January 2014

• These changes had an effect on hourly parking in cashiered facilities only

Parking Financials

• Dave provided a handout to the group

• Some of the highlights:

• Prior to the five-year rate increase package ending in FY 2016:

• Net from Operations was declining

• Several new projects were coming up

• Primary reasons for the rate increase package

Debt Service

• UIHC is paying the majority of the debt service for Hospital Parking Ramp 2

• FY 2016 is the peak year for debt service obligations

• At this time, in each subsequent year, debt service will begin to decline

• At this time, there are no plans to incur additional debt service

• Keep in mind that IMU Parking Ramp and Hospital Parking Ramp 1 are older facilities now

Capital Projects

• Other departmental capital projects are back on the rise now after putting some of them off for a few years

Parking Permits

• Currently experiencing record high permit numbers

• Prior to the multi-year rate increase package, the numbers were very stagnant with slow growth


• Take the discussion beyond this group

• Contacted some people across campus about participation

• Waiting to hear back on approval

• Very interesting research from Joe Kearney on this topic

Future Items

• Grand Avenue Project Update

• Follow-up on Seamans Center Expansion Project concerns

• Potential Shelter Designs for Finkbine/Hawkeye shelters

• Possibility of focus group participation

• Ramp Utilization

• Downtown Traffic Study

• Bike Share

• Bike Parking Options

• Staff Council

• Dave and Jim are scheduled to make a presentation to the Executive Committee within Staff Council on Wednesday this week

Future Meetings

• March 29 and April 26

• Tom Moninger from Staff Council will join us in March

• President Harreld will join us in April

Meeting adjourned at 4:50pm