Parking and transportation update

December 8, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

As part of Michigan Medicine’s plan to improve parking capacity and access, the U-M Board of Regents on Thursday approved a recommendation to construct a new 1,000+ space parking deck on Wall Street. The project is expected to be completed by late 2019.

Other efforts to improve parking and transportation are underway and planned for implementation in early 2018, including:

  • East Medical Campus: The organization is currently constructing a surface lot near East Ann Arbor that would provide 400 spaces, with dedicated, direct transportation to and from the main medical campus, similar to airport shuttles. Construction includes lighting and bus shelters, and is expected to be completed in January 2018.
  • Green Road Expansion: The lot on Green Road will be expanded by 120 spaces, with a completion date of Spring 2018. These spaces will also be serviced by buses during the day and Blue Car Service, with dedicated shuttles going directly to UH/Taubman, from 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Huron/Hubbard orange lot: This lot will be expanded by about 200 spaces, all with orange permit access. The expansion will be completed in Spring 2018.
  • Valet:  Valet space in P3 has been reconfigured to accommodate more patients.
  • Vendor policy: Vendors are no longer allowed to use valet parking, which will enable more patients to use this service.
  • Telecommuting policy: A leadership review of the university’s “work from home” policy has begun, with a goal to expand the number who can work productively in home settings. This would reduce pressure on parking and decrease traffic congestion.
  • New committee: A new Michigan Medicine “Parking and Transportation Advisory Committee” is being created to identify and assess parking and transportation ideas, leading to a report with recommendations for improvement. This committee will have broad representation across employee groups and will be co-chaired by Tony Denton and Hank Baier, associate vice president for facilities and operations. The new committee will come together in January 2018 and will be charged with providing a full report by July 2018.

The organization recognizes that much work must be done to make significant improvement in the parking and transportation experience for everyone in the Michigan Medicine community. Both topics will remain high priorities until there are sustainable solutions that meet the organization’s needs.

Thank you for your patience, support and engagement in this improvement process.

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