COLUMBIA — The city removed 37 parking meters on Tiger Avenue from Rollins Street to near Kentucky Blvd. on Monday, said Barry Dalton, public information officer with the Columbia Public Works Department.
MU's Vice Chancellor's Office for Operations & Student Affairs requested the removal, Dalton said. Bike lanes will be drawn on both sides of the street to encourage students, faculty and staff to adopt alternative transportation methods, said Liz McCune, an MU spokeswoman.
The Columbia City Council voted on the decision to remove the parking meters July 17. It is meant to reduce traffic congestion on campus, according to a city memo.
The removal happened as MU has made parking management changes that have resulted in fewer parking spaces available to students.
The removal is part of a one-year trial observed by the city. If the results show congestion was reduced, the meters will stay removed; otherwise, the meters will be reinstalled, Dalton said.
The city owns the meters and removing them is calculated to result in $66,374 in lost revenue for the year. MU has agreed to reimburse the city for the amount, according to the city memo.
MU will determine if the expense is reasonable after the one-year trial period, McCune said.
Removing the meters was not one of the recommendations made to the Campus Parking and Transportation Standing Committee, but it was a decision MU made to encourage alternative transportation, McCune said.
Tiger Avenue was one of five streets examined for potential changes. It was selected because it was the least expensive, McCune said.
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