Transportation & Parking Plan
This plan expands the recommendations of the 2007 Transportation and Parking Plan by promoting alternatives to provide students, employees, and visitors to the West Virginia University campus with mobility options designed to reduce demand for parking on campus and relieve congestion on Morgantown streets. Thanks to the Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee under the leadership of Dr. Nancy Lohmann which crafted the 2007 Plan and in the fall of 2011 undertook the revisions that are incorporated into the 2012 Plan. A draft of the 2012 Plan was posted and circulated for public comment in late October. The final version recognizes many of the comments received by a wide group of individuals, constituencies, and interests.
The Plan is divided into two distinct sections – one promoting solutions to transportation problems and the second developing recommendations for parking issues on the campus. Some of the recommendations are designed to be implemented on a short-term basis while others will require coordination with community and regional stakeholders and significant funding resources. In general, the Plan is designed as a fluid policy that provides a direction for how the University can address on-campus transportation and parking issues as well as identify how West Virginia University can work with off-campus partners in dealing with transportation problems that are common to our University home.Highlights of the Plan include:
- An identification that a multi-modal approach to the mobility problems on our campus is essential to the efficient use of the parking that West Virginia University provides.
- That the PRT and Mountain Line are crucial to providing movement between our campuses and the community.
- Alternative transportation such as PRT, bus, biking, walking, carpool, vanpool, and park and rides have a place in providing access to campus and that there be adequate facilities to promote these services.
- West Virginia University is not an island and that we must work with transportation partners at the local, regional, state, and federal levels to insure there is a coordinated planning and implementation effort for the region’s transportation infrastructure.
- A recognition that the University has insufficient land and other resources to meet the parking demands for every West Virginia University student, employee, and campus visitor and must therefore develop programs and services that reduce parking demand.
While the Plan is not a solution to every parking or transportation problem, it is a start to attending to our transportation and parking needs. We invite you to review the Plan. Should you have further questions on the Plan, you are encouraged to submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.