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On Monday, Oct. 4, the UNM Parking and Transportation Services (PATS) department officially opened the new Yale Parking Garage located at Yale and Las Lomas on main campus. This state-of-the-art parking facility adds more than 780 parking spaces to main campus comprised of a mix of hourly, permitted, motorcycle, and accessible parking spaces. A pedestrian bridge from the third floor of the garage takes users onto campus at Las Lomas within easy reach of Anderson School of Management, Dane Smith Hall, Zimmerman Library and the Duck Pond.

"There is high demand for proximity parking at UNM," said Clovis Acosta, PATS Director. "With over 30,000 students, staff, faculty, and visitors coming to campus daily, the Yale Garage provides quick, convenient, and flexible parking to match the pace of busy schedules."

Acosta added that the Yale Parking Garage is just one initiative in a diverse strategy to provide and enhance access to UNM while meeting the needs of students, staff, faculty, and visitors traveling from all over the region. Providing alternative transportation services and promoting sustainability, for example, remains a priority for PATS.

The Yale Garage has a sustainability component to it as well. The top floor features a photovoltaic solar array that generates electricity. The electricity generated will offset the amount of electricity UNM purchases. The array is managed by Physical Plant Department (PPD) and is the third solar energy project at UNM.

The grand opening festivities will take place on Oct. 4 at the pedestrian bridge with a 9 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony and opening remarks by Executive Vice President David Harris. Immediately following, PPD will give tours of the solar panel array. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. all interested UNM students, staff and faculty are invited to a BBQ at the pedestrian bridge and asked to check out the new Parking Garage.  In addition to the Grand Opening, PATS is running a promotional rate at the Yale Garage of just $1 per hour through the end of October.

For more information contact: Brian Kilburn, PATS Public Information Representative, 277-5692; e-mail: bkilburn@parking.unm.edu

Media Contact: Benson Hendrix, (505) 277-1816; email: bhendrix@unm.edu