OSU Moves Forward With Parking Bids

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One of the many parking signs around the OSU campus.(Photo: Steve Brown, WOSU News)
One of the many parking signs around the OSU campus.(Photo: Steve Brown, WOSU News)

Ohio State University has taken the next step in a controversial plan to possibly privatize its parking operations.

The university is, until the end of May, accepting bids from companies interested in leasing out OSU’s massive parking operations.

Almost immediately after trustees announced last year they were exploring parking privatization, students started voicing concerns about predatory ticket writers and sky-rocketing parking fees.

In a recent faculty survey, 92 percent voted against privatization.

OSU Undergraduate Student Government President Nick Messenger also sits on the committee looking at privatizing parking. He says any lease would have built-in safe guards.

“There are a lot of rules and stipulations that would be put in place legally to prevent a private operator from coming in and just gouging students and faculty with ridiculous rate increases,” Messenger says.

OSU President Gordon Gee says the school would not accept a bid under $375 million, and Messenger thinks it could be in the half billion dollars range.

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