Many Brock University students and staff using a Zone 2 parking pass will need to allow an extra 30 to 45 minutes starting Monday, Jan. 6 in order to park their vehicles at an offsite lot and take a free shuttle bus to campus.
Ongoing construction of the Zone 2 parking lot extension has significantly reduced the number of spaces available on campus. University officials have arranged for a temporary overflow lot to be open starting Monday at Merrittville Speedway, located five kilometres south of campus.
Commuters who normally park in Zone 2 should plan to use the overflow lot at 2371 Merrittville Highway in Thorold. (See map)
The changes are the result of construction on Canada Games Park, which is being built on the former U and V sections of Zone 2. Parking spots being lost to make room for the new facility are being replaced by the Canada Games Host Society through the construction of new Zone 2 parking, which is not yet complete, but will hopefully be available soon.
Faculty, staff and students are asked to extend their understanding as we work to address these considerations.
The overflow lot at Merrittville Speedway will be available to Zone 2 permit holders at no charge, or for $6 per day for those without a permit. Paid parking will be available through the HONK mobile app using Zone ID 2458. Parking attendants will monitor the overflow lot at all times.
Because of the distance to the temporary lot, free shuttle buses will run loops to and from Brock starting at 7:15 a.m., with the final bus leaving main campus at 10:30 p.m. Regular pickup and dropoff at Brock will be in front of the atrium entrance of the Roy and Lois Cairns Health and Bioscience Research Complex.
In addition to the overflow lot, anyone parking on the Brock campus starting Monday will notice parking attendants checking for permits. Anyone without a valid parking permit can park in one of the daily paid lots, the hourly paid spots or the paid overflow lot at Merrittville Speedway.
The Zone 2 permit buyback program is also still ongoing for students, faculty and staff.