Just like the Alamo II parking lot, the South University Garage pay lot will become a pay-by-space lot, meaning that parkers will have to pay using a meter-like system. 

Those who park in the lot will be able to pay for their space at two kiosks located near the entrance of the lot or through the Passport Parking app.

"This new approach is more cost effective and more sustainable," said Mary Jo Kocar, Administrative Assistant Director of Parking and Transportation. "We anticipate the effect to be positive for faculty, staff and students because the exit wait times and lines should be greatly reduced or eliminated."

Under the current system, the parking lot requires those using it to take a ticket, park and then pay before leaving the garage. Under the new system, users will pay up front for their space.

Currently it costs $1 per hour to park in the lot, and no overnight parking is allowed. The price will remain the same according to Kocar, with the price capping off at eight hours.  

The change comes to make parking easier for visitors to the university, as well as update old technology.

"The existing equipment was aging and needed to be replaced. After reviewing the various options for equipment replacement, the decision was made to convert the lot to match other metered areas on campus," Kocar said. 

ELIZABETH SEILS is a News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at elseils@ilstu.edu Follow her on Twitter at @SeilsElizabeth 

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