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Prime parking spaces to cost $310 a year starting this fall

STANFORD -- An "A" parking permit will cost $310 starting this fall, an increase of $20, the office of Transportation Programs has announced. The cost of "C" and resident student permits will go up by $10, to $90 for the full year.

"Z" permits are being reduced from $40 to $30 annually, and motorcycle stickers will go up by $5, to $20 per year. Service vehicle permits will increase by $60, to $540.

Parking meters will be recalibrated to charge twice as much as currently, so it will cost $1 to park for one hour starting this fall. The meter increase is the first since 1990, said Julia Fremon, manager of Transportation Programs.

"The change will help ensure that visitors, as well as permit-holders, share in the increasing costs of the parking system," Fremon said.

"A" parking lots are generally closer to most workplaces, while "C" lots are farther from the central campus. "Z" lots are remote but underused, which is why the cost has been reduced, Fremon said.

Starting this fall, students, faculty and staff who plan to take the summer off can purchase nine-month permits, instead of having to buy three separate quarterly permits. The price for those permits is $235 for an "A," $70 for a "C" or resident student, and $25 for a "Z." All permits can be purchased at prorated monthly rates, and daily "scratch-off" permits are on sale at the Transportation Programs office on the ground floor of 855 Serra St. For 1996-97, one-day "A" permits will cost $6, and one-day "C" permits $2.

In addition to the two existing "Z" lots, at Stock Farm Road and Campus Drive and at the Track House, two new "Z" lots will open, Fremon said. One will be at the Stanford Stadium lot, which will be paved and lighted this summer, the other at Quarry and Arboretum roads, across the street from the Psychiatry building. The latter lot will not be available to "Z" permit holders during the peak holiday shopping season.

Also new this year, permits can be bought using automatic bank deductions. According to Fremon, this method of payment is more flexible than payroll deductions, which were discontinued last year, and less costly to the university's and Stanford Health Services' administrative systems. Unlike the payroll deductions, this option is available to anyone who buys a permit, including students and non-university or SHS employees.

The Clean Air Credit program remains in place for 1996-97, Fremon said. The program offers transit passes, carpool discounts, clothes lockers and discount coupons from bike stores to commuters who agree not to buy a parking permit. This year, for the first time, employees and students can take their $90 Clean Air Credit in cash.

Transportation Programs also announced that starting in September, the Marguerite shuttle will be expanded to Menlo Park. That city has secured a grant to fund a commute-hour extension of the Marguerite "B" line, which will link Stanford, the Menlo Park train station, downtown Menlo Park, Sharon Heights and employers along Sand Hill Road near Interstate 280.

Applications for 1996-97 parking permits and other transportation information will be distributed to all employees via interdepartmental mail this summer.



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