UNO unveils parking changes, virtual permits

Posted at 5:46 PM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 19:07:37-04

Parking has long been a problem at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, but officials are hoping students notice a difference when they head back to school in a few weeks.

"We're doing all of these events to try to get students excited to be here and be back," said Vanessa Rath, the university's parking and transit manager. "So we usually see the heaviest traffic and the heaviest parking needs those first two weeks. As things start to settle down, it does relax a little bit more."

This year, UNO has taken several steps to alleviate those parking problems, including this new parking structure on the Scott Campus.

"It adds a whole lot more parking on campus," Rath said. "We've got 1224 stalls that are in this garage. We have some stalls that are dedicated to the new residence hall that's going in but it will be open to commuters, faculty staff or student."

Parking permits will also look a little different. UNO is switching to digital permits, which should give students more flexibility.

"We can offer them a daily permit, an hourly permit," Rath said.