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UI Parking officials: fee cuts mean upgrade delays

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Starting Monday, you'll be seeing changes at parking ramps across the University of Iowa campus. The first 30 minutes will be free for anyone, up from 15. This comes after many people spoke out against the fees, specifically near the hospitals and clinics.

"The current concern from people got mixed into this," said Dave Ricketts, UI Parking and Transportation Director.

For hospital patients and visitors, there's more good news. For you:
  • The new daily cap is $10, down from $18.
  • Parking in the Hawkeye Commuter Parking lot is free. Before it cost $24 monthly and $12.50 daily.
  • There's a new 3-day pass option, which costs $27.
These changes mean a significant loss in revenue for the Parking and Transportation Department. Officials estimate this is going to cost them $1.4 million per year. So the cuts in fees are going to mean cuts elsewhere.

While plans to upgrade lobbies and elevators are being postponed, this will not impact your safety.  The university's Parking and Transportation Department is separate from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Representatives there were glad to hear the changes.

"We're very grateful to UI Parking and Transportation for taking the lead and helping work with us to make this change for our patients and visitors," said Tom Moore, UIHC Spokesperson.

These new rates should be in place for a while.

"As part of a 5-year plan we did have some rate increases scheduled," said Ricketts. "Most of those have already gone into place. So what we had planned for next year will probably be put on hold."

Officials will look at how these changes effect the budget and will adjust the fees as necessary.
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