Parking dollars at work

This summer UC Riverside’s Transportation and Parking Services department repaved approximately 800,000 square feet of campus roads and asphalt – that’s equivalent to about 14 football fields.

The three-week project included repaving streets, roads, loading docks, removing and replacing asphalt, and road resealing. Cost of the work was nearly one million dollars, said Irma Henderson, director of Transportation and Parking Services, also known as TAPS.

Funding for this project came from the 2017-2018 parking permit increase fees and operational savings. TAPS is an auxiliary operation, which means it cannot use state funds for construction and maintenance of parking spaces and facilities. The money must come from user fees, such as parking permits.

“It’s us using our funds for our customers’ benefit. We raised the parking rates, but have set aside the money for parking infrastructure improvements. We are making good on those commitments,” Henderson said.

Sandra Baltazar Martínez

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