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Changes coming for metered Coulter parking lot

The rate charged for parking in WCU’s short-term metered Coulter lot will be reduced and the hours of metered parking will be extended as of Monday, Jan. 4, said Fred Bauknecht, the university’s director of parking and transportation.

Rates will be lowered from $3 per hour to $1 for 30 minutes and the lot will be monitored for metered parking from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, instead of the current 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bauknecht said.

One of the goals set by WCU’s parking operations office in 2014 was to create a designated parking lot for visitors and short-term parking, and the Coulter lot (No. 33) was the logical choice to establish the university’s first short-term metered parking lot, he said. Usage of the 84 spaces in the lot has increased from last year, with 2,077 meter transactions in September of this year, compared to 1,322 transactions in September 2014, Bauknecht said.

“We anticipate continued growth with the additions of the new mixed-use complex and the Brown cafeteria expansion,” he said. “It has been the hope that revenues generated from this metered lot could potentially offset some of the anticipated increases in parking permit fees.”

For more information, contact Bauknecht at fjbauknecht@wcu.edu.

By Randall Holcombe

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