Parking Services offers more than spaces
November 3, 2015
With approximately 20,000 parking spaces and 13 parking garages on the IUPUI campus, the staff of Parking and Transportation Services deals with many challenges.
But for Parking and Transportation Services Director Sheri Eggleton and her team, parking spaces, surface lots and garages are only part of the job.
"We also offer customer-assistance programs," Eggleton said. "We provide jump starts for people who have battery problems, which becomes increasingly important with winter approaching. We also provide emergency help pumping air into tires. We even help people get an emergency supply of gasoline they buy to their cars, to help get them back on the go."
On-campus motorist assistance is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours may vary on holidays.
For most people, the organization's name calls up thoughts of parking spaces. But the group also plays a key role in the second part of that name: transportation.
"We oversee the campus shuttle system, with five lines and more than 20 stops to get faculty, staff and students from their parking spots to their offices or classrooms," Eggleton said. The service is complimentary, provided by Parking and Transportation Services, and is available to anyone in the university community.
The system runs weekdays year-round, except for university-recognized holidays. Schedules and routes are available for people to see what works for them. If you have questions or need additional information, email the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 317-274-1808.
"An effective shuttle system helps our campus reach its goals for sustainability and reducing IUPUI's carbon footprint," Eggleton said. Her office's role as part of Campus Facility Services helps make it easier to work with the Office of Sustainability on efforts to reduce energy usage and improve sustainability, she noted.
New lighting in garages
That includes a new initiative: significant lighting changes in campus garages. Parking and Transportation Services is paying for upgrades to lights that are "environmentally friendly and consistent with Parking and Transportation's goal to upgrade the parking experience," Eggleton said.
Office of Sustainability Director Jessica Davis concurred: "This is a big energy savings for the university and has great environmental benefits as well."
Besides being more efficient and environmentally friendly, the new lights feature a longer lifespan, Eggleton and Davis added.
Work has been completed in several garages. The projections for the garages being converted, measured in the number of homes that could be powered for a year by the energy savings, are as follows:
- Sports, 15.8 homes
- University Hospital, 11.2 homes
- Lockefield, 26.4 homes
- Riley Outpatient, 18 homes
- Blackford Street, 12.7 homes
- Barnhill, 11.5 homes
- Vermont Street, 30.2 homes
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