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URI opens additional 350-space student parking

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 24, 2004 -- In response to increased student parking demand, the University of Rhode Island opened a temporary 350-space student parking lot Thursday at the elbow of Plains Road.

The lot is adjacent to the URI varsity field hockey field and across from the Skogley Turf Grass Research Center. University officials are making arrangements for the lot to be included in the regular on-campus bus service provided by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.

An additional 1,400 spaces will be available in late spring. That total includes a permanent 600-space lot near the Dining Services warehouse at Plains and Flagg roads and an 800-space expansion of the Ryan Center lot on Plains Road.

Campus officials said there has been a tremendous increase in the number of vehicles registered by students, and during peak times, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., there is little turnover of student vehicles. Last year, the University registered 4,300 students for commuter parking passes. So far this year, the number has risen to 4,700, and URI officials expect the number to continue growing.

In addition, the Kingston campus has made several changes in its parking plan to address safety, visitor parking and accessibility for those persons with disabilities. URI Parking Services eliminated 250 spaces on Flagg Road when it prohibited parking on the north side of the road. URI Parking Services took this step in response to accidents that occurred there during the last academic year.