Date: August 24, 2013
To: The UMBC Community
From: Mark W. Sparks, Chief of Police
Subject: Beginning of Semester Temporary Traffic Pattern Changes
August 28, 2013 – September 5, 2013
The start of the fall semester brings many new students, faculty, and staff to campus who may not be familiar with our traffic patterns during this busy period. The primary challenge is establishing and maintaining a safe efficient flow of traffic into and out of the UMBC campus, which is particularly important during this period as campus is at the most crowded during the beginning of the new academic year. The zoned parking plan, with which most members of the community should be familiar, is in effect to help maximize the convenience and accessibility of our parking resources.
Several recent modifications to the Zone Parking Plan remain in effect. These modifications include:
• Lot 23 remains an A/C Permit dual use lot.
• Hilltop Circle parking between Walker Avenue and Center Road remains an A/C Permit dual use area.
In addition, transportation alternatives remain in place for the campus community, and we encourage you, should your circumstances allow it, to use any of these alternatives to bringing a vehicle to campus. In addition to often times saving money for you, these alternative transportation initiatives help us to keep costs down and help reduce the campus carbon footprint. More information can be found at the Transportation Alternatives for a Greener UMBC (TAG UMBC) website (www.umbc.edu/tag). Some of the highlighted changes are:
• The carpool policy provides a way to save money by sharing the cost of transportation (http://www.umbc.edu/parking/carpool.htm).
• Approximately 40 motorcycle spaces have been added to the existing inventory to encourage motorcycle use.
• ZIPCARS are available on campus and ready for use by students, faculty, and staff (http://www.zipcar.com/umbc).
The permit hours remain the same, and are Monday thru Thursday 7:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. and Friday from 7:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. The parking zone designations have remained the same and are:
Zone A – Red – Commuter Students
Zone B – Green – Walker Community Residents
Zone C – Gold – Residential Students (excluding Walker Apts)
Zone F – Orange – Freshman Resident Students
I am asking everyone in the UMBC community to work with the police department to make this beginning of the year traffic flow safe and orderly. Please assist us by being alert at all times while driving throughout the campus and cooperating with the members of the police department directing traffic. We recognize this may pose an inconvenience to motorists as some driving patterns will be changed for this start-up period to better facilitate driving throughout the campus.
For the orderly flow of traffic, motorists can expect temporary discontinuation of left turns and U-turns along Hilltop Circle during certain times of the day. The following intersections may be affected:
Hilltop Circle & UMBC Boulevard
Hilltop Circle & South Administration Drive
Hilltop Circle & Commons Drive
Hilltop Circle & Hilltop Road
These intersections will be periodically blocked off to prevent backups that will interfere with traffic entering the campus via UMBC Boulevard. In addition, only Gated Faculty/Staff who park at Administration Garage will be allowed to make a left turn at South Administration Drive during this period.
We urge motorists to arrive early to avoid the heavy volume of traffic.
For campus parking updates, please visit http://www.umbc.edu/blogs/parkingforum/.
We thank everyone in advance for your help and cooperation in making the drive to and from our campus safe.