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Tufts updates campus parking system and expands use of parking cameras

An update to parking permit and parking access regulations was announced to the community of Tufts in a August 17 E-mail. The email pointed out that all parking lots require a permit from Tufts University to park. and clarified which students – 3rd and 4th year – can purchase these permits. In addition, cameras have been placed in more grounds and parking areas on campus to ensure that theseations are respected.

Deputy Director of Transportation and Contract Services John Savino explained the increased use of parking cameras on campus.

“Parking cameras have been in place at Tufts since 2010. The cameras have been expanded to more lots on campus in 2020 in anticipation of the opening of the Medford/Tufts MBTA stop,” Savino wrote in an email to The Daily.

The introduction of the new MBTA Green Line Extension the shutdown may increase on-campus parking demand. parking manager Seaneen Breen assured the Daily that there would be enough parking spaces to accommodate high-volume events such as sports games, and discussed the potential benefit of parking cameras for the Tufts community in an email to the Daily.

“Campus cameras will meet this need by issuing citations to discourage MBTA commuters from trying to use Tufts as a commuter lot,” Breen wrote.

With regard to commuter access to the Extension of the green linethe MBTA plans to build a bicycle storage for 50 covered bicycles and 20 uncovered bicycles, according to a December 2020 public meeting. Moreover, the MBTA plans to build asmall pickup and drop-off area for The RIDE, the MBTA paratransit service for people unable to ride the subway due to a temporary or permanent disability.

The installation of additional parking cameras has been cheap.

“There were no capital costs for expanding the cameras. Tufts pays monthly fees to the parking provider for the use of its technology and hardware,” Savino said. Explain.

Changes were made to which students could purchase parking permits. The email specified that onOnly third and fourth year students are allowed to purchase parking permits.

This represents a deviation from the last school year. Patrick Collins, Executive Director of Media Relationsexplained the change as a return to normality after the pandemic.

“The restriction on parking for freshmen and sophomores on campus was lifted during the pandemic to allow students access to their cars if another stop required them to quickly leave campus and to give students locals the opportunity to return home in quarantine, if necessary. As we have returned to a “new normal”, the restriction has been reinstated”, Collins wrote in an email to the Daily.

Parking tickets will be issued electronically and then posted to the address under which the vehicle is registered. For the past two school years, virtual parking permits have been used and this system will continue this year: obtaining a parking card is solely based on a car’s license plate number. The introduction of electronic ticketing does not mean that parking attendants will be eliminated.

“Parking attendants continue to patrol Tufts parking areas in addition to automated monitoring,” Savino said. wrote.

The August 17 email also announced thatt ongoing construction work has impacted the Dowling Hall garage, as well as the Fletcher and Cousens car parks. The Fletcher lot has since reopened and the Cousens lot has returned to full capacity.

“The Mods – isolation accommodations – were placed in the Fletcher lot in May 2022, and the related works impacted the capacity of the lot. This relocation work is complete,” Savino wrote. “A construction project nearby was impacting the capacity of the Cousens lot, but this is no longer the case.”

Dowling Hall Garage Levels 4 through 6 are being remodeled and Tufts plans to reopen them in October, according to Savino.

The expanded use of parking cameras isn’t the only change to the parking system at Tufts. Another change is the new Tufts Park app, specially designed for parking lots on the university campus.

“The parking app was developed by parking software provider with input from Tufts Transportation Office. Their previous app was getting a lot of negative feedback,” Savino wrote. “It was designed for municipalities and used nationally. Tufts Transportation asked the vendor to create a Tufts-specific parking app tailored to the needs of a university, not a municipality. »