Dal prof quits over parking space shortage at university

August 30, 2011

Dalhousie University professor Dan Middlemiss says a severe parking spot shortage at the institution has forced him to resign. After waiting for over an hour in line Monday to buy the first available parking passes, Middlemiss decided to quit. Parking has always been a problem at Dal, he says, but this time he simply had enough. With 2,000 parking spaces for 17,000 students and 3,000 employees, Dal has revised its pass selling policy. Instead of overselling general passes by 65%, the university is now overselling by 20% to 30% in order to have fewer people eligible for the same number of parking spaces. Dal plans to transform one of its largest lots into a reserved parking area for about 200 drivers and install over 100 new bicycle racks. A long-term plan calls for more bike racks, transit passes for staff, and a large parking garage. CBC | Dal News

Postscript: Sep 1, 2011
Dalhousie University has reversed its decision to limit the number of general passes it sells for its campus parking spots following protests when the passes sold out earlier this week. Dal's vice-president of finance and administration acknowledges that the move will not help address the ongoing parking shortage, and that announcing the change days before classes begin was not a good idea. A Dal professor has quit over the campus parking situation. Chronicle Herald