Concerns or ideas:
Current parking map:
Great Excavations Web site
What lots at Homewood are affected? Who will have to park
When the Valley Lot closes, we will lose 428 spaces,
which represents about one-third of the spaces on the
Homewood campus. Because parking isn't assigned, all the
other lots will be affected as well. The use of Garland
Field, however, has reduced the number of spaces we will
Staff members who arrive after the Homewood lots are
full should proceed to Eastern. Parking attendants and
signage will be strategically placed to alert members to
this condition and eliminate the need to search for parking.
Additionally, members may call ahead to the Parking Office
at 410-516-7275 for this information and, if the lots are
full, bypass Homewood altogether.
How do I get from Eastern to Homewood and vice
We plan to run the shuttles from Eastern between 6 and
7 a.m. to accommodate construction workers and then begin
their regular route at 7:50 a.m. During the rush hours--from
8:30 to 11:30 a.m., when Homewood will likely be filled, and
4:30 to 7:30 p.m.--we'll have four buses running at
10-minute intervals. At other times, they'll be on half-hour
schedules and will run until 11:30 p.m. We may have to
adjust some of these times. If you normally work a late
schedule, we would encourage you to ride to Eastern after 4
p.m. and bring your car back to campus. The shuttles will be
air-conditioned coaches that accommodate 26 passengers, or
21 if they're wheelchair-accessible.
Where can I find the schedule?
As times are revised, the schedules will be available
on the Internet at
www.jhu.edu/~security/Easternshut.htm at the Security
Office in Shriver Hall at Homewood; at the security desk at
Eastern, which is located in the main lobby entrance; and on
the shuttles. If you need a schedule faxed to you, you can
Where are the stops?
At Eastern, the buses will stop in the lower lot at
33rd and Ellerslie, at the shelter on the west side of the
main building. At Homewood, the buses will make seven
scheduled stops: the Eisenhower Library, the rain shelter
south of Clark Hall, the walkway between Hodson and Clark
halls, Memorial Walkway between Jenkins and Macaulay, the
Bloomberg Center, the Space Telescope Science Institute and
the University Parkway entrance. On request, they will stop
at the Credit Union door at Gilman and at the Hopkins
From Eastern to the last destination, which is the
Space Telescope Science Institute, the trip will take 15 to
18 minutes, depending on traffic. Returning to Eastern
during the evening rush hour, the first stop is MSEL. We
intend to use express routes to Eastern from stops with
large numbers of riders. Yellow Bus personnel will be
on-site to monitor the usage and adjust the buses as
What if I have a medical appointment during the
The Parking Office will set aside 10 spaces in the lot
south of Garland that will be available on a first-come,
first-served basis for staff parkers to reserve for midday
medical appointments. To make a reservation, call the
Parking Office at 410-516-7275.
What if I have an emergency and have to leave?
You should immediately call the Parking Office at
410-516-7275 for transportation to your car at Eastern. The
university has purchased a new van and trained staff for
this courtesy service.
What about handicapped parking?
Handicapped spaces are always available at Homewood,
although we've had to relocate some because of construction.
When those are full, handicapped drivers can park at
Eastern, where there will be 15 accessible spaces close to
the shelter where the shuttle stops. At least two buses will
be wheelchair-accessible, and we can fine-tune their
schedules to accommodate those who ride them on a regular
What arrangements have been made to assure my safety and
that of my property?
The Eastern lot will have a parking attendant on duty
from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Additionally, it will be patrolled
regularly by security guards.
With the likely growth of the university population, has
there been any talk of initiatives to alleviate the car
The plans we develop will in part stem from
individuals' expressed desires and will be in keeping with
our obligation to our greening initiative. Open-space
improvements have created a network of bike-friendly
pathways and have added more bike racks to meet the
anticipated increase in their use. We also encourage the use
of mass transportation. With a view toward future
improvements, we're looking to even other ways of reducing
the number of vehicles. Carpooling, group transportation
from off-site locations and pickups at Metro stops are all
possibilities. These ideas require full development, and we
The administration has given us approval to hire a new
staff member in the Parking Office, part of whose
responsibility it will be to work on these alternative
commuting arrangements aimed at achieving a number of
meaningful goals. The search has begun for this person, who
also will provide customer service and handle emergency
Why do employees pay to park?
The objective of the university is to meet the needs of
those employees who feel it is in their best interests to
drive. We are working to make available ample, safe and
convenient parking at the most reasonable cost possible.
Although the university facilitates the building of
parking lots and garages, as it has done at our East
Baltimore campus, these facilities are all user-supported.
Parking is a not-for-profit operation. Fees are driven by
the costs of operating the system, significant Baltimore
City tax and licensing fees, and construction and
Parking fees can be paid by employees on a
salary-deduction basis, thereby avoiding paying income taxes
How can I find out about construction-related issues that
may affect parking?
We suggest subscribing to the Great Excavations
listserv, which alerts members to both expected and
unexpected changes on campus. To do this, send an e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave the subject line
blank. The text of the message should be: subscribe gx
Subscriber's Name (for example: subscribe gx Jane Doe). The
message should be sent from the account to which the
subscriber wants GX messages sent. We also intend to publish
timely updates as may be needed.