Ann Arbor Area Community News
It’s not just students whose cars annoy neighborhood groups. University employees, too, are drawing the ire of neighbors for parking in outlying neighborhoods and walking to campus, rather than paying for a parking permit.
From the Ann Arbor News, Commuter parking irks campus-area residents:
But residents of the Ann Arbor neighborhoods where the commuters park are increasingly crying foul. They’re fed up with commuters grabbing all the precious on-street parking.
The Old Fourth Ward, Oxbridge, and North Burns Park neighborhoods are each considering a petition for resident-only parking, which would need 60% of the homeowners in the neighborhood to sign in order to bring the issue before the City Council. If the Council approved the request, permits would be issued to residents who could show they live in the neighborhood and whose cars are registered in the City of Ann Arbor. The North Burns Park association is considering waiving the registration requirement, recognizing that students often don’t have their cars registered here, but would want a limit on the number of permits per household.
AATA’s 2010 strategic plan envisions express transit service for commuters coming from locations like Chelsea, Milan, Brighton, Jackson, and Plymouth; the first few of these lines, linking probably Chelsea or Milan to Ann Arbor, has been discussed for happening as early as this past August—this would hopefully alleviate some of the parking demand in Ann Arbor by decreasing the number of cars entering the city, but hasn’t happened yet.
Additionally, I can’t find any more information on it beyond my own report of something that AATA’s Chris White said at a hearing last winter, so I don’t know why it hasn’t happened.
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