Limited parking planned for OSU Bend campus

Cascades Hall, shown at Oregon State University's Bend campus. (OSU)
Cascades Hall, shown at Oregon State University's Bend campus. (OSU)

BEND, Ore. (AP) – Planners of the new Oregon State University-Cascades campus hope they can discourage students from driving to class by building a small number of parking spaces.

University officials want to reduce the number of auto trips with an eye toward sustainability and neighborliness, but critics worry students will end up parking on nearby residential streets and in commercial parking lots.

The campus plans to build just 300 parking spots for a site that will eventually host 1,900 students.

University officials and their traffic consultants say many students will live close enough to walk or bike to campus, and the availability of lockers and showers can help make those viable options. They say they’re working with the local transit agency to increase bus service to the area and with Central Oregon Community College to create a shuttle between the campuses.

Students living on campus will be prohibited from bringing cars.

At a public meeting in late March attended by about 200, Truth in Site, a group opposed to the university’s proposed location in southwest Bend, characterized the number of parking spaces as inadequate.

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