Parking and Cars on Campus

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As is the case on many college campuses, at William and Mary there are often issues surrounding parking and cars on campus.

The Parking Services unit manages parking enforcement and parking lots on campus.

In 2006, a new Parking Garage on Ukrop Way opened.

Parking Services

The purpose of motor vehicle regulations is to reduce traffic congestion, facilitate orderly parking, provide a safe campus environment and to promote the fair and consistent enforcement of rules. The Code of Virginia (S23-9.2:3) grants to the Board of Visitors the power to provide parking and traffic rules and regulations on property owned by the College and the District Courts require the Board of Visitors approval for local enforcement of motor vehicle regulations. The Board of Visitors has authorized the Office of Parking Services and the Campus Police to provide for the safety of persons on College property by enforcing these rules and regulations.

Material in the Special Collections Research Center

References in the The Flat Hat, William & Mary News, and Alumni Gazette:

  • "Students should not have cars," feels Dr. Chandler FH, 2/2/1923, pg. 1.
  • 10 mph speed limit suggested FH, 12/14/1923, pg. 4.
  • Editorial: speed needs to be cut on Jamestown Road FH, 4/26/1929, pg. 4.
  • Seniors permitted cars on campus FH, 9/12/1969, pg. 6.
  • New regulations explained FH, 2/27/1970, pg. 3.
  • Control Board recommends that juniors be allowed cars on campus FH, 5/21/1970, extra.
  • Police note registration process FH, 9/24/1971, pg. 8.
  • Control board resets registration fee to comply with wage-price freeze FH, 9/17/1971, pg. 1.
  • Motor rules plague drivers seeking parking on, off campus FH, 11/12/1971, pg. 5.
  • W&M selected for Pinto Rent-A-Car program CO, 12/17/1971, pg. 1.
  • Control board tackles parking problems FH, 2/15/1974, pg. 3.
  • Control board’s recommendation WMN, 4/30/1974, pg. 1; FH, 5/3/1974, pg. 1-2.
  • Control board faces complex parking problems FH, 9/26/1975, pg. 3.
  • Getting around FH, 8/25/1989, pg. 2.

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