New Surface Parking to be Available Jan. 18 at Multi-Modal Transfer Facility

Parking Structure to Open Jan. 26

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Jan. 14, 2005 – A new graveled surface parking area north of the new Multi-Modal Transfer Facility (MMTF) will be open when students return to campus for the start of the spring 2005 semester which begins Jan. 18 at Southeast Missouri State University.

When the semester begins, a new graveled surface on the back side of the MMTF will be open. Surface parking also will be available on the existing “Pig Lot” off New Madrid and in the overflow area north of the Show Me Center.

Structured parking in the two-tiered section of the MMTF is expected to be available the following week, beginning Jan. 26, said Keith Kimmel Southeast construction project manager. The new graveled surface area slated to open Jan. 18 has 74 parking spaces in it. The upper level of the new two-tiered structured section to open Jan. 26 features 162 parking spaces. The lower level of the structure has 154 spaces.

The new graveled and structured lots provide additional parking not only for Southeast students, but also for people using the Student Recreation Center and those attending events, including basketball games, at the Show Me Center.

All parking areas at the MMTF are open to any permit, and shuttle service will continue to be available every nine to 12 minutes. Until all phases of the project are completed, temporary measures will include a shuttle pick up and drop off area near the upper level of the new structure, said Beth Glaus, manager of parking and transit at Southeast.

Work has been under way at the site since last summer on the second phase of the MMTF, located on a 7.3 acre site north of New Madrid Street and west of the Student Recreation Center (Parking Lot No. 3 and commonly referred to by students as “The Pig Lot.”) The MMTF is a tired, “park and ride lot.” The MMTF is designed so University travelers will park their vehicles at the facility and then use the campus shuttle system or walk to reach their destination. It will include a combination of structure and surface parking with the integration of a transit plaza. The proposed design, when all phases are completed, calls for 1,511 structure parking spaces and 298 surface parking spaces. When completed, the facility will provide 1,117 more parking spaces than what have been available at the location.