Regent Policy Documents



(Formerly 80-5)

  1. All future parking and transportation-related capital budget projects shall be in compliance with the provisions of §§ 36.11 (8e), 36.11 (8m) and 16.82 (5), created by Chapter 221, Laws of 1979, as follows:
    1. Sec. 36.11 (8e) PARKING FEES. The Board shall direct each institution within the System to charge a parking fee for the parking of motor vehicles by students, faculty, academic and classified staff and visitors at campus. The Board shall require the fee to be sufficient to recover the costs of the construction and maintenance necessary for the parking facilities. Nothing in this paragraph shall be deemed to require the recovery of the costs of land for parking facilities. Nothing in this paragraph shall be deemed to require that all users of the parking facilities be charged a parking fee. College campus facilities owned by a county are not required to charge a parking fee.
    2. Sec. 36.11 (8m) TRANSPORTATION PLANNING. The Board shall direct the administrative officers of each campus to work with the regional planning commissions and the local authorities of the community in which the campus is located to evaluate the transportation needs of the campus population. The Board shall require each campus to develop a transportation plan for the campus to effect energy resource conservation and efficient use of transportation resources. The plan shall include pedestrian walkways, bikeways, bike routes, bicycle storage racks, car and van pools and, to the extent feasible, improved mass transit services. The transportation plans shall detail parking management strategies which provide incentives for the use of mass transit and high occupancy vehicles. The transportation plans shall be implemented by January 1, 1982.
    3. Sec. 16.82(5). The Department of Administration…shall develop and implement a comprehensive group transportation program for state employees, in cooperation with all agencies, as defined in s. 16.52(7) and shall promote and encourage participation in the group transportation program.  The program may include car pooling and van pooling service.  In addition, the department shall promote and encourage alternate means of transportation for state, municipal and federal employees and persons in the private sector including but not limited to mass transit and bicycle commuting.  The department may provide contract group transportation of state employees from designated pickup points to work sites and return in the absence of convenient and public scheduled transportation.  Any driver of a van that is utilized by the department for a van pool shall have completed a driver safety training course approved by the department.  Nonstate employees may be permitted to participate in van pools when necessary in order to provide viable van pool service for state employees.  Group transportation shall be provided for a fee which recovers the full cost of administration, maintenance, operation, insurance and depreciation of the group transportation program, plus interest for general purpose revenues utilized for the program, except as provided in s. 16.843(2)(bm) The department shall calculate interest recoverable under this subsection by applying the average earnings rate of the state investment fund for each quarter to the average general purpose revenues utilized under s. 20.903(2)(b) for group transportation purposes in the same quarter.  No less often than annually, the department shall assess the interest payable under this subsection as of the most recently completed quarter and shall deposit the amounts collected into the general fund.  No person is deemed to be in the course of employment while utilizing group transportation.
    (NOTE: Except for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it may be assumed that the University of Wisconsin System will be primarily responsible for administering sec. 16.82(5) through delegation from the Department of Administration.)
  2. The 1981-83 biennial capital and operating budgets shall include the necessary funding requests to enable each university to implement the transportation plans as approved by the Board for each university in order to comply with the January 1, 1982 deadline established under s. 36.11 (8m).
  3. The Transportation Plan shall include the following fiscal provisions:
    1. Management of parking utilities will remain decentralized within the System under individual university administrations.
    2. Financing of the parking operations and development of new spaces will continue to be based on fee-supported parking. Fees will be charged for parking privileges sufficient to recover the costs of construction, current and deferred maintenance, and operations.
    3. Long-term (beyond ten years) financing for surface parking facilities should be avoided whenever possible.
    4. Advance Land Acquisition Funds may be requested to purchase land and, in some cases, to relieve bonded indebtedness at a number of universities, thus enabling them to responsibly replace parking spaces lost to building projects and to provide for the reduction of university-related, on-city ­street parking in order to conform with municipal zoning ordinances or regulations as required by s. 13.48 (13).
    5. Parking development should be phased incrementally to respond to changing conditions and to ensure against over-building.
  4. The Transportation Plan shall include the following Physical Planning provisions:
    1. Current parking and transportation programs will be examined, including car and van pooling, bicycling, walking, and transit availability. Where appropriate, economic/energy feasibility studies will be made, including cost/benefit analyses, to evaluate alternative parking and transportation strategies, with special attention to their energy conservation impacts.
    2. Community/area geographic and demographic characteristics, including employee and student housing locations, will be considered.
    3. Current and projected transportation modes will be examined in relation to faculty and staff activities and to student academic and employment needs.
    4. Cooperation with municipal, state, and regional transportation programs and planning efforts will be encouraged.
    5. Impact on the physical environment will be considered

History: Res. 2222 adopted 7/11/80.

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The Regent Policy Documents were adopted and are maintained pursuant to the policy-making authority vested in the Board of Regents by Wis. Stats. § 36. The Regent Policy Documents manifest significant policies approved by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. This document is a ready reference for those charged with carrying out these policies. Unless noted otherwise, associated documents and reports may be obtained from the Office of the Secretary of the Board of Regents, 1860 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, ph 608-262-2324.