WMU News

Trustees approve changes to vehicle registration rates

May 17, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University trustees approved a $25 increase in student vehicle registration rates Friday, May 17, to fund significant improvements to the University's roadways and parking facilities.

Acting at their regular meeting, members of the WMU Board of Trustees raised vehicle registration rates for full-time students from $225 to $250 for the 2002-03 academic year. Those who are willing to walk a bit further to their campus destination will pay less: parking at Lawson Ice Arena will cost $100 for the academic year for full-time students, down from the current $110 rate.

According to Lowell Rinker, assistant vice president for business, the increase will help to cover the cost of maintaining the University's existing roadways and parking system. It will also fund a number of improvement projects, including creation of a new parking lot off Howard Street, widening Valley Drive to three lanes, modifying traffic flow around Sindecuse Health Center and beginning design work on the west end of campus.

Vehicle registration rates also will rise for two-wheel motor vehicles, part-time students, and passes valid for one, two or three semesters.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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