Parking and Transportation modifications announced in response to extreme winter weather
January 29, 2019
Due to the forecast of extreme weather, the University of Iowa has announced that classes at the Iowa City campus are canceled from 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 29 through 12 p.m. Thursday, January 31. The Parking and Transportation Department is announcing modification to our operations during those times in the interest of safety. These changes include offering several no-cost parking locations, opening commuter parking locations to employees and students that do not have parking permits, and offering sheltered spaces to wait for CAMBUS service in some locations.
Persons who need to drive to campus between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 12 p.m. Thursday can choose from the following parking options to best fit their needs. Persons commuting from Cedar Rapids to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are encouraged to use the 380Express service. This low-cost service now stops at the West Campus Transportation Center, beginning January 30, and runs every 30 minutes during the morning and afternoon rush hour. More details can be found on the 380Express website: https://www.380express.com.
Free and Open Parking Areas - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through 12:00 p.m. Thursday
All University of Iowa parking meters will be no-cost and open to allow short-term, close parking. Please do not use the metered parking locations to park all day, with the exception of the long-term meters in the Hawkeye and Finkbine Commuter Lot. Do not park at reserved parking meter spaces that have a cover over the parking meter.
IMU Parking Ramp, North Campus Parking Ramp (Lot 20), Library Parking Lot (Lot 3), Recreation Center Parking Lot (Lot 11), and Newton Road Parking Ramp (Lot 10) will be no-cost and open with gates raised to also allow close parking.
Commuter parking lots that are open for use without a parking permit during this time include Hancher Parking Lot (Lot 55), Finkbine Commuter (Lot 65), Arena Parking Lot (Lot 75 - ADDED 01/30), and Hawkeye Commuter (Lot 85). Bus service is provided frequently and route details are available on the Parking and Transportation website: https://transportation.uiowa.edu/routes.
Other larger parking lots across campus will be monitored Wednesday morning to decide if these locations have available space for use without the required parking permit. Notice of any additional modifications will be published on the Parking and Transportation website and social media channels.
Free and Open Parking Areas - Wednesday, January 30
Parking Lot 43 (near Kinnick Stadium and West Campus Transportation Center - ADDED 01/30 ) is free and open to students, staff, and faculty. No permit required.
At the Hawkeye Commuter Lot (Lot 85), the security guards building at Hawk Lot 1 stop #3125 will be opened to allow riders a sheltered and warmer place to wait.
At Lot 65, a CAMBUS bus will be stationed near Finkbine South stop #2031 on Tuesday, January 29 and Wednesday, January 30 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. to provide a warm and sheltered space for riders whose vehicles may not start.
UPDTE 01/30/2019 12:00 PM: At Lot 65 on Wednesday, January 30 the warming location from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. has been changed to a University of Iowa van. On Tuesday evening the bus idling had difficulty keeping warm. The van will be stationed near Finkbine South stop #2031.
If your vehicles battery is dead and won’t start on campus, we offer a year-round jump start service via the Motorist Assistance Program. Just call (319) 335-8312. Please note that during extreme cold, an increase of requests is likely and your patience is appreciated.
About Parking and Transportation
University of Iowa Parking and Transportation provides and supports access and mobility for students, faculty, staff, patients, and visitors. For more information about our services visit https://transportation.uiowa.edu/ or call (319) 335-1475. Follow us on social media @uiowaparktransit.