Over the past two years, the University of North Georgia (UNG) has added 1,242 parking spaces, two shuttle systems, a commuter parking map, and shuttle tracker that can be used on the UNG Mobile App to help students see parking availability updates and where the shuttles are in real time. The investment in these projects totals about $2.5 million, and has produced significant parking infrastructure improvements at each UNG campus.
The university's Department of Parking Services is working with the University Parking Committees, SGA, and other groups to develop projects and plans to improve parking and transportation at each UNG campus, and in particular in Dahlonega as major construction projects have impacted parking.
"This school year we are adding additional parking in the most cost-effective way possible," said Beverly Martin, UNG's director of parking and transportation. "We ask for patience from all constituents while we work to give our drivers the best experience possible while traveling to and from our campuses."
Developments on the Dahlonega Campus include:
- More signage to inform students of full parking lots to help save time
- Expanded shuttle service to improve capacity and route turn times
- Parking assistance in the parking lots providing guidance during the first two weeks of school
- New parking lot containing 135 spaces added on Barlow Road
- New sidewalk installed from 21 Barlow Road lot to the Health and Natural Sciences Building
- New crosswalk installed at the traffic light located on Barlow Road
- New parking facility in fall 2017 located near new convocation center that will add more spaces
Parking Services strongly encourage students that can rideshare or take alternative transportation to carpool, bike and walk to campus as often as possible during the fall semester. This will ease the burden of circling around campus, and encourage community relationships while helping the environment.
The Convocation Center construction project on the Dahlonega Campus will take up parking spaces used by residential students; these students are encouraged to park in the parking deck on Walker Drive to improve campus circulation. This parking deck matches the holding capacity of the two nearest residence halls, the North Georgia Suites and the Commons. Residential students can also park in Lot 30 on Sunset Drive and Lot 49 behind the Library Technology Center.
"Parking Services has purchased a third shuttle bus to transport non-resident students from shuttle lots off of Barlow Road to two locations on campus, at the Health and Natural Sciences Building and Dunlap Hall," Martin said. "UNG is recommending that all non-resident students to arrive 30 minutes prior to class. We will have parking attendants in the high volume areas to assist. We understand this will be a difficult time; please be patient with us during this transition. We are doing everything in our power to make this a smooth process."
Shuttle hours have been expanded to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The first two weeks of fall semester will determine the demand for shuttle hours for the remainder of the semester.
For commuter students, Parking Services recommends that students arrive early in the day to park in the Recreation Center Parking Deck and adjacent lots off Chestatee Street, Lot 30 near the Health and Natural Sciences Building, and Lot 49 behind the Library Technology Center. These lots are expected to fill early in the day. If commuter students do not arrive early, Parking Services advises students not to attempt parking in the aforementioned lots, and to drive directly to the shuttle lots (Lots 47, 54, 56, 57, and 62), which are located on Barlow Road and Morrison Moore Parkway near the UNG athletic fields. These shuttle lots are marked with blue and white "UNG Shuttle Lot" signs. Two shuttles will circle between the shuttle lots and campus, with one shuttle dropping off at the Health and Natural Sciences Building and the other dropping off at Dunlap/Barnes Hall. A third shuttle will serve the inner-campus stops.
Student Affairs is partnering with Parking Services to host Welcome Tents during the first two days of school, Aug. 22 -23, on the Dahlonega Campus. These tents will be located outside the Hoag Student Center, Dunlap/Barnes Hall and the Health and Natural Sciences Building, and will be clearly marked with banners. Commuter students are encouraged to visit these tents to pick up a campus map, student handbook and bottled water as they begin their fall semester. These materials will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on both days.
This past year, the Gainesville Campus enjoyed the opening of 100 additional parking spaces behind the President Martha T. Nesbitt Building and a new shuttle service to the renovated rideshare lot. This year on the Gainesville Campus, a new parking lot containing 140 spaces is now in operation. It is located off Facilities Drive across from the parking deck on the northwest side of campus. Gainesville students are encouraged to park in the shuttle lots and Lot S next to the Continuing Education Building to avoid circling, which is often slower than using the shuttles.
For more information on parking on campus visit the Parking Services website.