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Parking and Transportation Office | University of Michigan-Dearborn Archives

Name: Parking and Transportation Office

Historical Note:

The Parking and Transportation Office, now called Parking Services, is an arm of the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Financial, Budget, and General Services department under the order of the Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs (currently Jeff Evans). According to their website, Parking Services provides parking enforcement at UM-Dearborn by “issuing parking permits to students, faculty, staff and visitors. Parking Enforcement Officers patrol the parking lots and issue tickets to vehicles in violation of the parking rules and regulations.” Parking Services also publishes a yearly Parking Manual that details registration of vehicles, parking facilities, and motorcycle/bicycle parking, including a map of the campus.

The Archives earliest record of Parking Services, previously called Parking and Housing, the Parking Office, and the Parking and Transportation Office, can be dated back to Chancellor Leonard E. Goodall’s correspondence to the then Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, Richard N. Schwartz. Circa 1978, Schwartz transferred administrative responsibility for Parking Services to the Office of Safety and Security. In a letter to Chancellor Goodall, Dean of Engineering J.R. Cairn explains that this was in part due to the lax enforcement of parking regulations. According to Cairn, who had overheard two “guards,” there were too many exceptions and privileges, which caused giving out tickets a matter of checking to see if an unpermitted car was in violation. Under the roof of the Office of Safety and Security, Parking Services was to answer to Steve Feimer, Director of the Office of Safety and Security, now called Campus Safety.

Also of interest is the Archives earliest record of a Parking office location, found in the Faculty & Staff Directory of 1989-90, where it list the Office of Tim Southward, Parking Manager, being in Modular building 3. Parking Services is later listed being in the Campus Support Services building, located next to the Monteith Parking Structure. Parking Services is also mentioned in the Undergraduate Announcements, where a change in parking fee structure is seen. The earliest mention of parking regulation can be found in the 1973-75 Announcement, which details yearly payment rates. In the 1981-83 Announcement the parking fee was switched to a daily fee. However, it was later switched back to a semester fee and as of now the fee is included in tuition. In the Chancellor’s Office collection, there is correspondence dealing with the issue of parking from 1971-1986, which also details parking fees, construction, and administration.

Currently managing Parking Services is Tim Southward, who is listed as early as 1985 in the Undergraduate Announcements.

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