Oregon State says new parking fees get drivers out of the center of campus


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CORVALLIS, Oregon — Oregon State is making headway with parking changes that were supposed to help ease tension between the growing university and the residential neighborhoods around it.

Parking used to be a matter of a flat annual fee wherever you parked.

It now costs $95 a year on the fringe of campus, near Reser Stadium — but as much as $495 near the center.

So, the Corvallis Gazette-Times (http://bit.ly/1whrncj) reports, more people are parking in outer lots, fewer in inner lots. That means drivers spend less time circling for desirable spots. Core congestion is down.

But students and employees can still park free on the streets around the campus, so they're still jammed.

Voters last fall rejected an expanded system of neighborhood parking districts that included fees for resident and business permits.

Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com

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