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Inside Iowa State
Nov. 15, 1996

Inside scoop on winter storm parking plan

by Linda Charles
That dreaded four-letter word -- SNOW -- is just around the corner. While a few inches of snow may close down some places, in Iowa we just button our overcoats a little higher and drive a little slower.

So, when the snow hits, what's the drill at Iowa State?

First, tune in to your radio and TV news stations, said Gary Reynolds, director of facilities management. They'll be notified when the university's winter storm parking plan is in effect. When it is, drivers should park in one of four designated parking areas -- the southwest corner of the Iowa State Center, north of Molecular Biology, south of Food Sciences or north of the General Services Building. Those lots will be cleared by 7:30 a.m. and open to all vehicles with valid ISU parking permits while the plan is in effect.

The plan helps ensure that campus streets and sidewalks are cleared adequately for traffic and that drivers have a place to park, Reynolds said. It is put into effect only when exceptionally heavy or late-falling snow prevents staff from clearing all streets, sidewalks and parking lots by 7:30 a.m. When it is in effect, drivers are asked not to park in their usual parking lots until they have been cleared.

During bad weather, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to use the Cy-Ride system, which adds additional buses to regular routes, Reynolds said. Those who park at the Iowa State Center parking lot can ride the "orange" route into campus. These buses run at 4- to 8-minute intervals.

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