Dalhousie parking spot hunt upsets faculty
Staff can no longer reserve the same space
Dalhousie University will no longer reserve individual parking spots for faculty and staff, stirring up anger for those willing to pay for a guaranteed spot.
James Barker said he car pools into work each day with two other professors. Last year they purchased a reserved spot in the Dunn parking lot off Coburg Road for more than $1,300.
This school year Barker’s bill is the same, but his reserved spot is gone.
He said he’ll now have to hunt for a parking spot in what the school is calling a reserved lot.
"I would have appreciated to have been included more in the discussion and essentially not have it dropped on me," Barker said.
The teacher said he liked paying a premium price to park in the same spot every day.
"It enables me to do my work better. I'm not asking for that as a perk. I'm willing to pay for it."
Dalhousie spokesman Charles Crosby insists staff like Barker won't have trouble finding a parking spot in a reserved lot.
"Knowing that people have different schedules and some folks choose to perhaps walk to work or bus to work on different days or bike to work, these are all the things that we encourage in the Dal community. We know that people have different schedules and staggered schedules. It's worked out," he said.
Crosby said the reserved spots often sit empty all day and opening them up creates more parking.
The south-end Halifax university has close to 2,000 parking spaces for approximately 17,000 students and 3,000 employees.
This isn’t the first time professors have had qualms with Dalhousie’s parking policies.
In 2010 the university oversold general parking passes. This meant for every 100 pass holders who found a spot, 65 went without.
A year later a professor said a severe shortage of parking spaces at the Halifax school forced him to quit.