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Parking re-allocation questions and answers

1. What process did you use to assign parking permits?

Under a transition plan developed by the Parking Operations Sub-committee, all UWindsor faculty and staff were asked to rank their parking lot preferences. The responses were entered into an algorithm which allocated parking assignments based on the employee’s seniority using their University Continuous Service Date.

Here are the current seniority cut-off dates for placement in fully-subscribed lots:

  • Lot E – July 1, 1986
  • Lot S – September 30, 1987
  • Lot I – October 15, 1991
  • Lot Q – October 14, 2003
  • Lot C – July 1, 2005
  • Lot AA – October 2, 2006

2.What lots still have spaces available?

Several lots still have spaces available: the Parking Garage, as well as staff lots adjacent to the Human Kinetics Building, the Lebel Building, the Centre for English Language Development (CELD), and the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER).

3. Were special provisions made for people holding accessible parking permits issued by the provincial Ministry of Transportation?

Yes, a certain number of spaces in each lot were designated for accessible parking. There will also be 18 spaces on the ground floor of the parking garage dedicated to accessible parking.

4. Did your process take into account individual circumstances requested by separate email?

Yes, however, in devising the process, the committee determined seniority is the fairest way to allocate space.

5. I believe the system may have misrepresented my seniority. Where did Parking Services obtain the data used in the allocation?

The University Continuous Service Date for each person was obtained from the Human Resources system and is the most current data for each employee.

 6. Will you start a waiting list for people to request a change to their assigned lots?

Yes, Parking Services will maintain a waiting list to re-assign spaces as they become open. This system will operate on the basis of seniority, rather than first-come, first-served. Please note that no re-allocations will be considered prior to October 31, 2013.

7. Were the priority rankings I filled out in the questionnaire retained for waiting list purposes?

No, if you wish to change to a lot that is currently full, you must add your name to the waiting list.

8. How can I get myself on the waiting list?

Click on the attached link, login and add your request:

9. What if I was already on a waiting list? Do I need to re-apply?

Yes, all previous waiting lists were rescinded as a result of the re-allocation process. Because the waiting list will operate on the basis of seniority, rather than first come first serve you will not be disadvantaged by re-applying.

10. How will permits be allocated to employees who missed the deadline or who will be hired in the future?

Faculty and staff who complete an application for parking will be assigned a spot based on availability, and may join waiting lists for re-assignment.

11. Where will visitors park? How may I arrange for a visitor permit?

Spaces for visitors will be available in the parking garage. Departments expecting visitors may use the existing procedure to secure a daily pass. Contact Kim Mcqueen at ext. or ext. #2413 with reservation requests.

12. Will there be specific areas designated for employees, students and visitors in the parking garage?

No, the parking garage will not segregate permit holders. However, the number of spaces will always be held to ensure permit holders an available space, even if they leave and return during the same day.

13. If I am assigned the parking garage and I leave for a meeting off campus or lunch will I have a parking space when I return?

Yes, the number of spaces will always be held to ensure permit holders an available space, even if they leave and return during the same day.

14. I often work after regular business hours, will I be able to move my vehicle to be closer to my office?

Yes, similar to the established policy, any employee permit holder will be allowed to relocate into Lots Q or S after 4:30 p.m. by contacting the parking office to request their gate access card be programmed to allow this privilege.

15. How much will parking permits cost next year?

The rates have been approved by the Board of Governors and are as follows:

$680.00 per year for all lots including the parking garage, save and except Lot AA which is considered a remote lot and is $553.00 per year.

16. When will the new rates take effect?

The new rates will take effect July 1, 2013.

17. Why is the university closing surface parking lots?

The planned closure of Sunset Avenue prohibits vehicular access to some parking lots along that corridor. In other cases, the closure of parking lots will allow for the creation of green spaces in accordance with the Campus Transformation Plan.

18. How many people responded to the questionnaire?

1,190 people responded.

19. How many people received their top choices?

948 people—80 percent—received one of their top two choices.

If you have any questions not addressed here, please forward them to Campus Parking Services at parking

Final Updated: May 6, 2013