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PS1 Rendering

Big Springs Parking Structure #2 (PS1)


What is Big Springs Parking Structure #2?

The Big Springs Parking Structure #2 project consists of new construction of a parking structure, associated site improvements, and reconfiguration of the existing surface parking in Parking Lot 13, located off of Big Springs Road. The construction name for the project is Parking Structure #1 (PS1) but in the summer of 2020 the building name of Big Springs Parking Structure #2 was approved by campus leadership. The project will bring a minimum capacity of 1287 (800 net new) parking spaces and will be used by UCR faculty, staff, students, and visitors, primarily serving the eastern half of the academic campus. To see a live view of the construction site, please click here.

Construction will start in late January 2020 and continue for fifteen months. Portions of Lot 13 will be closed for construction during the project beginning with the full closure of the eastern half of lot 13 at the start of construction.

I am a Lot 13 permit holder, where will I park?

Current permit holders will be allowed to park in the remaining portion of Lot 13 and in open spaces on the top floor of the Big Springs Parking Structure #1 located on the opposite side of Big Springs Road.

TAPS is contacting and relocating Lot 13 permit holders based on existing waitlists and parking lot utilization.

I don’t park in Lot 13, how will this impact me?

To prepare for the impact of closing 487 parking spaces, changes to the campus parking program began in July 2019.  Some of those changes include:

  1. A significant increase in the marketing of alternative commuter options to further reduce single-occupant vehicles coming to the campus.
  2. Underutilized parking resources, such as Parking Lot 14, have been converted from mostly serving retail and visitor parking needs to faculty and staff red permit parking.
  3. Increased utilization of all permitted parking spaces across the campus, including on-campus residential parking spaces.
  4. Condense on-campus resident parking to eliminate unused parking spaces.

These changes have provided some capacity for those individuals who will be displaced by the construction of this structure.  Further work by Transportation Services staff is underway to leverage additional parking capacity and further reduce demand for parking on campus during the winter and spring quarters of 2020. 

Unfortunately, some commuters may not be able to find parking in the central core of the campus as they do today.  For those individuals whose schedule results in them coming to the campus during peak parking demand periods, they should consider alternate parking or transportation options, including:

  1. Contact Transportation Services Transportation Alternatives team at 951-UCR-RIDE (951-827-7433) for assistance with carpool, vanpool, bussing, walking and cycling programs.
  2. Drive to parking facilities where available parking is readily available, such as the Hunter Park Metrolink station.
  3. Don’t use your vehicle to go to lunch or drive to local meetings.

Project Schedule